Looking at this smart device, one involuntarily recalls the talking miracle mirror from "The Tale of the Dead Princess and the Seven Heroes" by Alexander Pushkin. His is no longer a fabulous, but a very real "descendant" - the Miraffe mirror was created by the Chinese electronics engineer Huang Jin Long from the city of Chengdu.
Miraffe uses a camera and special recognition technology, with which you can identify almost any object that appears in the device's field of view. First of all, it will be appreciated by parents who have to answer thousands of different questions from their children.
In addition to the children's audience, the creator of the unique gadget hopes to use the invention as an assistant to visually impaired people on the streets of the city. Ornithologists and gardeners who need to suddenly identify the species of an unknown bird or plant will not be left out.
Miraffe is an object resembling a portable mirror, enclosed in a frame stylized to resemble a giraffe's head. In the center of the "mirror" there is a touch screen, and video cameras are mounted in front and behind. The gadget works by sending images via Wi-Fi to the Internet, where the object is identified through a database.
Currently, Huang Jin Long's team has launched a Kickstarter fundraising campaign to make the prototype available to everyone in the near future.