Despite the fact that there are already quite a few smart devices equipped with a semblance of artificial intelligence on the market, communication with them still does not give the feeling of something futuristic, fantastic. Siri knows how to joke, but repeats quickly and sometimes does not understand the simplest questions. Google Now searches the web for information as well as Sherlock, but lacks any personality. Cortana and Alexa are somewhat more attractive in this regard, but you can't start a conversation with them either. Still, the main barrier that prevents us from feeling like Iron Man or, at worst, the captain of a ship in the Star Trek universe is the way to interact with AI. Talking to a speaker or speaking commands into a phone is not nearly as much fun as communicating with holograms like the heroes of science fiction books.
In one word, Duo is a touch-screen mirror with built-in personal assistant. Judging by the presentation videos, at rest the device does not give out its "technological" status in any way - an ordinary mirror in which all objects opposite are reflected. However, as soon as you touch it with your finger, the device comes to life - the surface becomes a full-fledged touch screen on which the user interface appears.
You can use Duo like a tablet or TV: flip through the pages in the browser, watch videos on YouTube, listen to music. It displays useful information on a display with a thickness of only 1.9 mm: weather, traffic status, and so on. Screen diagonal - 27 inches, resolution - Full HD. The creators themselves claim that Duo is a full-fledged computer in the format of a home mirror. The device runs on its own Home OS operating system, and most of all it is similar to Tizen in Samsung smart TV or Android TV.
The mirror has its own app store, where you can download your favorite programs. The OS source code is open, so developers, if they wish, can create their own applications for it. In addition, Duo can be used as a hub for controlling smart home systems, and this is where the second key function of the mirror comes into play - artificial intelligence. His name is Albert, and at your orders he will be able to control all smart appliances in the apartment. You can ask him to turn off the light or increase the temperature in the room, look on the mirror display who is ringing the doorbell (if there is a camera or a “smart” call) - in this regard, Albert resembles Alexa or Google Assistant.
The Duo has not yet gone on public sale, but it can already be pre-ordered for $ 399, thus saving $ 200. The mirror will reach buyers in October.>