LEUVEN, Belgium —Nov. 11, 2016— Imec, the world-leading research and innovation center in nano-electronics and digital technologies, today announced the collaboration with two leading Belgian design companies, Deknudt Mirrors and Group De Keyzer, to develop an innovative bathroom mirror that allows people to see themselves in front and rear view simultaneously. Deknudt Mirrors and Group De Keyzer turned to imec for its broad expertise in nano-electronics and smart systems to assist with the integration of live camera images in high-resolution and under highly varying light circumstances, the realization of electronics suitable for frequent use in very humid conditions and the packaging of the complex system in a cost-efficient way for the consumer market.
The new mirror is part of a bathroom cabinet with two pivoting panels, each with a mirror on the inside. In the left panel, a camera is integrated that streams images in real-time and high-resolution to a tablet-sized display that is seamlessly incorporated in the right panel. Functional LED lighting is added for a perfect rear view of the users’ head, neck and back.
“We’re pleased that Deknudt Mirrors and Group De Keyzer turned to imec to take their ingenious concept and turn it into a clever product,” stated Rudi Cartuyvels, imec’s executive vice president for smart electronics. “Our expertise in new integration technologies combined with their passion to solve customer problems and answer consumer needs has resulted in a cutting-edge product. Our scientists, researchers, and engineers thrive on the excitement of working on innovative and breakthrough concepts such as this mirror that allow us to assist companies from a variety of markets in the entire innovation process from idea to fabrication.”