Reveal
NYT Labs 2011
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daily activity visualization
sleep quality visualization
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THE NEW YORK TIMES BUILDING
PERMANENT INSTALLATION, R&D
Reveal is a mirror platform that explores the evolving relationship between information and the self.

By using a special semi-reflective glass surface, the users of the mirror are able to see their normal reflection overlaid with data visualizations. We've dubbed this "augmented reflection", making visible the halos of information around real-world objects, including ourselves.

Envisioned as central to your morning routine, the mirror uses face recognition to call up personal data including health stats, a calendar, news feeds, and social media. Voice commands switch between views, and gestures (via an embedded Kinect) activate content. An RFID-enabled shelf responds to objects that are placed on it, such as medications and personal care products, customized to the user. The mirror will recognize certain behaviors, such as when you schedule a trip or fail to get enough exercise, and present contextually-relevant content.

Reveal intends is to bring into relief how our self-image is increasingly inseparable from the data flowing through the habits of our daily lives.
Concept and design
Brian House,  Alexis Lloyd,  Michael Zimbalist,  NYT Labs
Software
Brian House
Fabrication
Will Pickering
Production
Matt Boggie,  Agnes Chang
Thanks to
Nick Carbone
Writing / press
TIME Magazine — "50 Best Inventions of 2011"
2011 November 28

Infoaesthetics
2011 November 28

Engadget
2011 September 5

Popular Science
2011 September 2

Slashdot
2011 September 2

Nieman Journalism Lab
2011 August 31