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Brief Published: 20 Dec 2011



Reveal is an innovative mirror concept developed by The New York Times’ Research & Development Lab to explore the increasingly intimate relationship between human beings and their data.

Made from a semi-reflective glass surface, Reveal allows users to see an augmented reflection – a combination of the user’s real world, and overlaid, high-contrast graphics – revealing halos of data around physical objects.

The mirror boasts lots of technological capabilities. It uses facial recognition to bring up personalised data including health statistics, news feeds and a calendar. Users can activate content using gesture and voice control. Even the mirror’s shelf is RFID (radio frequency identification)-enabled, allowing it to respond to the objects placed on it, including medications.

There is a flurry of activity around recognition technology and how it provides more instinctive interactions between our digital devices and us. For more information, see The Science of Recognition.