Forget crosswords and Krugman, because the New York Times
has created a new bathroom companion that looks infinitely more entertaining than either of them. Like some of its Snow White-style predecessors
, the Times
' "magic mirror" prototype uses Microsoft Kinect
to detect and follow your movements, while deploying voice recognition technology to execute your commands. With this omniscient slab affixed to your wall, you can surf the web, flip through your wardrobe and send reassuring e-mails to your teenage daughter, whom you should have driven to school a good 30 minutes ago. An RFID reader, meanwhile, can recognize tagged pharmaceuticals or other products, allowing you to instantly access information on your prescription meds by placing them in front of the reflective LCD. You could also use the mirror to browse through the Times
' full slate of articles and video content, meaning you can read about extravagant weekend getaways and urban gentrification from the standing comfort of your sink. Unfortunately for all mankind, the magic mirror is still in the prototype phase and the NYT
's Research & Development Group has yet to offer a timetable for its release -- but you can see it in action for yourself, after the break.