U-Personal Smart Mirror


U is a smart mirror for people who want support in self orientation. So it presents an integrated dashboard which is easily accessible and personalised.

The Internet of things device displays all relevant information from the user’s personal ecosystem on a single source of truth system. U combines the functionality of a normal mirror with the benefits of a digital experience. People can easily configure which widgets they want so see.

From health data and fitness recommendations to entertainment such as Spotify playlists, everything is possible.

U also supports the user in remembering important things such as daily medication. Navigation is simple via gestures.

The Process

By researching our audience with interviews, empathy maps, personas and journeys, we were able to get an overview of the basic tasks of the system. By investigating the user journeys we noticed a digital gap. This gap was the mirror. After analyzing the key function and the role of a mirror in our daily life we built up clear design criteria’s which formed the foundation of the upcoming design process.

Through analyzing products and different solutions of a smart mirror we quickly noticed that nearly every smart mirror wasn´t user-friendly at all. Most of them even distorted the function of a mirror. The mirror itself was developed for people, which want to see the reflection of themselves. This key function should never be touched or distorted.

With that in mind, we built up base principles of our vision about a user-friendly mirror.

If we want to adapt technology into a mirror, we have to provide an interface, which is able to organize itself around people’s bodies. Or the interface is adapting to the users’ reflection. But a user should never be forced to “touch” a mirror.

The mirror should not be treated as a display for like desktop computers. The interface should be visible if it’s needed and hidden if it´s not used.

After ideating about our product vision, we defined the main features. Consequently, we contextualized them and defined them in structural wireframes. This also included a easy to use navigation with a minimum expenditure of cognitive effort.

Our visual style was driven by a clear and meaningful interface. This supports the user with a structured presentation of all the important health information.

Users can easily access their personal health data. In the lower picture are the different states what the mirror can provide.

If users like to have a daily, weekly or even a long-term goal, they easily can get rewarded for their achievements.
To make the whole experience tangible, we developed a fully working prototype in multiple iterations.

Through computer vision and gesture recognition, we enable our audience to truly intuitively interact with the IoT device.

Hopefully available for everybody soon.


University Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences, Dornbirn, Austria

Design Benjamin Lipinski, Munich, Germany, Manuel Pale, Fiss, Austria, Julian Schwazer, Flirsch, Austria, Daniel Erhart, Beschling, Austria

Supervising Professor Prof. Michael Kneidl