Read ‘The New York Times’ in Your Mirror in the Morning

Paper also building digital kitchen table

With its newspaper business already in the crapper, it's no great stretch for The New York Times to target people's bathrooms with a device designed to deliver digital content in a highly interactive way. Behold the Magic Mirror, which not only displays articles and videos but uses Microsoft's Kinect motion sensors and voice-recognition technology to dispense tips about grooming, hygiene, and fashion. (The videos above focus on fashion and health apps, but you can also scroll through Times articles and watch Times videos while you get ready in the morning.) To think, Bill Keller got freaked out by Twitter and railed about how it's ruining our society. After one encounter with the Magic Mirror, he'd never again ask who is the fairest one of all while blow-drying his silvery mane. Here's an amusing if regressive comment about the device from an ExtremeTech reader: "This is crazy. Why? When the Women go into the Bathroom, they'll NEVER come out!" Dude capped the "W" in Women, but they'll still be offended. Below, check out a companion piece—the Times' digital kitchen table. To me, these prototypes seem like a razor-sharp reflection of our cyber-saturated times—disturbing, but impossible to ignore. 

@DaveGian David Gianatasio is a longtime contributor to Adweek, where he has been a writer and editor for two decades. Previously serving as Adweek's New England bureau chief and web editor, he remains based in Boston.
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