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Kohler’s attempt at a smart mirror falls short

Kohler, a behemoth in the Bathroom industry released the Verdera Voice Lighted Mirror, smart mirror at CES 2018.

This mirror is being marketed as their first ‘smart mirror’, here is their pitch:

Enjoy a new level of convenience in your bathroom with the Verdera Voice lighted mirror with KOHLER Konnect. Using built-in voice assistant technology, effortlessly control your ideal lighting, other KOHLER Konnect® products and more.

https://www.smarthome.kohler.com/smart-mirrors-verdera

The mirror itself is excellent, and looks like it has the quality of hardware design and finish one comes to expect from Kohler. The software and functionality related to the ‘smart’ in the ‘smart mirror’ concept leaves a lot to be desired.

The main smart features of the Kohler smart mirror are:

Hands-Free Lighting Control
Say the words to enjoy the mirror’s optimally bright lighting for styling hair or applying makeup.

Everyday Assistance
Integrated voice-assistant technology allows you to play music, control your shower and more — instantly. All you have to do is ask.

This is where you realize it is an underwhelming and unimaginative take on what a smart mirror should be. At a price point that starts at over $1,200 for the smallest size, it is not cheap for what basically is an Amazon echo dot stuck behind a mirror. With Alexa skills to control the lighting and some other Kohler Konnect products.

Is this what a smart mirror should be like? We don’t believe so. A smart mirror should, in our opinion be a true reflection of the person looking into it, with enhanced internal health, fitness, and vital tracked data reflected back at them. Along with information required for their interaction with the world – like weather, news, calendar. And all of this should be displayed seamlessly on the mirror glass like magic. And if you want Alexa to play some music, sure we would like that too.

Check out the video below for a glimpse of the real smart mirror!

What if we told you, you can get your own Smart Mirror with all of the above features, and assemble it under 10 minutes at a fraction of the price that Kohler wants to charge you.

Well, that is what we are telling you. Get your own Alexa enabled Smart Mirror in under 10 minutes. No coding or programming required. Simply use our Mango Display App and you are good to go.

We are disappointed with where Kohler took the smart mirror concept, but hey, you can get your own Smart Mirror with Alexa now for a fraction of the cost, so you can still get the perfect smart mirror that you’ve always wanted.

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