Leave it to IKEA to make a smart mirror that’s sure to put anyone in a sunny disposition and banish all future cases of the Mondays. The Motivational Mirror is a promotional prototype on display at IKEA’s London store, created to perk up national morale and help raise self esteem across the country. Research shows that 49% of Britons don’t receive any compliments in an average week. Well, time to cheer up, buttercups! We think this Stuart Smalley-approved mirror, which pays you compliments (in a British accent!) would be the perfect complement to your entryway, bedroom or closet.
Myriam Ruffo, Head of Bedrooms and Bathrooms, IKEA UK + Ireland, said, “We all know how that first look in the bathroom or bedroom mirror can determine whether we have a good or bad day. That’s why we thought — wouldn’t it be great if the mirror actually told you something positive for a change?” A positive pep talk to start the day? We’ll take it!
We know, you’re probably thinking, “How does it know what you look like?” Thanks to a combination of Kinect motion sensor technology and customized code, the mirror is designed to deliver personalized messages to shoppers passing by, depending on what they’re wearing and how they look. Despite what you think you see in your reflection, this mirror’s positive feedback is sure to leave you feeling chipper enough to take on any day. IKEA’s latest social experiment is an item we most certainly want in our homes and work spaces, STAT. Unfortunately, for now, there’s only one working prototype in the London store, but we’re hoping to see the furniture giant make this as much as an IKEA mainstay as the LACK.
Even if you can’t get over to London to get your compliment, just know that you’re good enough, you’re smart enough and gosh darn it, we like you.
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