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Building a Smart Mirror with a Raspberry Pi and Touchscreen Display in 7 easy steps

Step 1: Gather the materials

  • Raspberry Pi
  • Touchscreen display
  • HDMI cable
  • USB cable
  • Power supply
  • Micro SD card
  • Magnetic dry erase marker
  • Mirror film
  • Magnets

Step 2: Install the operating system

  • Download the latest version of Raspbian from the Raspberry Pi website
  • Copy the image onto your Micro SD card using the appropriate software for your computer
  • Insert the Micro SD card into the Raspberry Pi
  • Connect the HDMI cable, USB cable, and power supply to the Raspberry Pi
  • Power on the Raspberry Pi and follow the on-screen instructions to install the operating system

Step 3: Connect the touchscreen display

  • Connect the touchscreen display to the Raspberry Pi using the HDMI cable and USB cable
  • Power on the touchscreen display
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to install the necessary drivers

Step 4: Install the smart mirror software

  • Download the MagicMirror2 software from the GitHub repository – Extract the files and copy them to the Raspberry Pi
  • Install the necessary dependencies by running the following command:
sudo apt-get install -y libnss-mdns libavahi-compat-libdnssd-dev 

Run the MagicMirror2 software using the following command:

node serveronly 

Step 5: Attach the mirror film

Cut the mirror film to the size of your touchscreen display

Peel off the backing from the mirror film and attach it to the touchscreen display

Step 6: Install the magnets

  • Attach the magnets to the back of the touchscreen display
  • Place the dry erase marker on the magnets to secure it in place

Step 7: Enjoy your smart mirror


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