Nov 20, 2014

Behind the Design: Electric Mirror

By John Briggs

If you find it hard to drag yourself out of bed in the morning, once daylight savings time ends, you’re not alone. Trying to make it easier to get out from under the duvet is Electric Mirror, a bathroom mirror that also functions as a TV. Go ahead: catch up with the news while you brush your teeth, watch the Today Show while putting on your makeup.

The high-tech mirror company of the same name is located at a 50,000-square-foot facility in South Everett, Washington, and it’s where 300 Washingtonians manufacture the high-tech mirrors from scratch. GRAY got a peek at how construction of these magic mirrors works.

The process begins with the construction of the mirror's raw, steel chassis, which is stamped, bent, and then welded.  

Next, since Electric Mirror mirrors sport flat-panel screens and/or lighting, they need a power supply.  Extensive wiring harnesses are installed into the chassis frame.

While the mirror's chassis is being manufactured, the glass is cut.  

Some models have a water-resistant TV installed onto the back of the mirror. (Some of the mirrors only have lighting).

The last step in the manufacturing process is hanging the mirror into its chassis for final quality-assurance testing.

In addition to building its mirrors from scratch, Electric Mirror also builds its own shipping crates.

Mirror, mirror on the wall … I think we found the finest of them all!

John Briggs is an author and blogger who spotlights American firms employing American workers, and urges, championing the idea of buying American-made goods in order to help create more jobs in the United States. Visit his blog here

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