Students in Coventry are looking to change the way consumers receive information by creating a product that will immerse them into a digital world.
Karl Brown and Callum Silva, IT students at CU Coventry, have designed and built a smart mirror as part of their final year project on the BSc Digital & Technology Solutions course.
The innovative mirror can display everything from the time and the weather to social media sites, videos and newsfeeds while remaining reflective.
Although a limited number of similar products are available, Karl and Callum have tailored their mirror design for hairdressers and barbershops so that customers can link it to their smart devices and browse the internet or access apps while having their hair cut.
It also features a motion sensor which includes a time and date stamp to allow businesses to track how often the device is used.
The students are now looking to develop the idea further to target retail stores, using facial recognition technology in conjunction with the motion sensors to trigger digital advertising tailored to the individual.
Karl Brown and Callum Silva fine-tune their prototype
Callum, from London, moved to the city for the course as it provides hands-on experience which boosts employability, while Karl, a mature student from Coventry, wanted flexible study options which fit around his two children.
The course is realistic in terms of what we’d be doing in industry and gave us the opportunity to create tangible products. Completing one module at a time also allowed us to study subjects in-depth and the flexible timetable works well for those with external commitments.
Both students have now been accepted onto Masters courses in cyber security at Coventry University.