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Who's the fairest of them all? The Magic Mirror from Themeaddicts, Inc. is prepared to field a variety of questions from homeowners.


(Basil the magic mirror from Themeaddicts)

Disguised as an ordinary mirror, Basil the Magic Mirror is also connected to your home automation system. When the system detects a change in the environment, the character within the mirror "theatrically" (according to the company) appears to let you know. It can even show you a camera feed if available.

Besides bringing Snow White alive for a whole new generation, it also helps bring a whole class of devices that sf writers have worked on into fruition. For example, in his 1977 novel The Dosadi Experiment, Frank Herbert wrote about a Daily Scheduule (DS):

The Daily Schedule began playing to McKie as he emerged from the bath. The DS suited its tone to his movements and the combined analysis of his psychophysical condition.

"Good morning, ser," it fluted.

McKie, who could interpret the analysis of his mood from the DS tone, put down a flash of resentment.
(Read more about the DS)

In a related story, read what happens when celebrities lend their voices to helpful GPS devices in Mr. T Pities The Fool Who Won't Turn Left. Read more about Basil the magic mirror; check out the Themeaddicts website.

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