Here is the list of items you will need
Feel free to substitute as needed, based on your preference. For example you can use a different size glass mirror, a larger Fire tablet, or any other Android tablet, or go frameless if you like. Personalize it to your taste, that is what this DIY option is all about.
Two way glass mirror
A glass two way mirror (or sometimes also called a one way mirror), is a transparent mirror that is reflective from one side. The bright light content from the tablet comes through the glass, while all the other areas are black and result in displaying reflection to the viewer, that resembles a normal mirror. So this allows us to create a mirror that looks like the content is being displayed on it. The cheapest place to get it is from your local glass supply store.
Link to buy: Two Way Mirrors
*Note: You could use acrylic instead of glass as an alternative, and it is much cheaper. However we have found that the quality compared to glass is not as good. So we only recommend using glass.
Link to buy: Acrylic See-Through Mirror
A wall hanging picture frame that holds a 18″ x 24″ photo/picture so that that the glass can fit inside. You can choose any frame of your choice.
Amazon Link: Craig Frames
Black Vinyl Wrap Adhesive Film
Black Vinyl Wrap air release adhesive film roll – 12″ x 60″.
Amazon links: Vinyl Frog
Fire 7 Tablet with Alexa, 7″ Display, 8 GB, Black
Amazon Fire 7 tablet with Alexa. You can use a larger size Fire tablet if you prefer.
Here is how to set the screen to be “always on” 24/7 – with the Fire’s hidden settings!
1. Go to the SETTINGS area
2. Click on DEVICE OPTIONS
3. Triple-tap the SERIAL NUMBER option, towards the bottom of the screen. Keep tapping!
4. The DEVELOPER OPTIONS will now be accessible.
5. Find the option labeled STAY AWAKE. Click on it to ENABLE.
Once configured, the tablet will never go to “Sleep” while charging!
Link to buy: Amazon Fire Tablet
Tips when using Alexa
During your normal use of Alexa, the Mango Display App may be covered over by Alexa generated screens- example Album art, when you are playing songs. So when you want to see your Mango display again, simply say ‘Alexa, Open Mango Display App’. If you want to close the app, say ‘Alexa, Close Mango Display App‘.