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Video: A couple of mirrors, a cardboard tube and a bunch of random crap. That's what's behind the mind-twisting magic of a kaleidoscope. And when we say random crap, we literally mean that.

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Smart mirrors still reside in the realm of tinkerers, only achievable for those who've mastered the art of DIY electronics. Which is too bad! Because Max Braun, a software engineer at Google, may have hacked together the first IoT device I actually want to buy.

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Let's find out, shall we? I took this fairly large round mirror and scanned it using my Canon flatbed. The result was... let's say, not very mirror-like at all. In fact, the glass area was almost black.

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Most of us are content getting back to nature with a good ol' fashioned hiking or camping trip every now and again. But if you're serious about making a life off the grid, and you don't want your pesky habitation to obscure your view of the scenery, then this mirror house, designed by the Polish Architecture firm Reform, might be just the thing for you.

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When we want to leave our mark on Mars today, we simply send over a few rovers to roll around in its red soil. But 150 years ago, scientists had very different plans for contacting the planet, including one French inventor who wanted to use the refracted light of the sun to sear a welcoming message into the Martian desert.

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On the rocky shore of La Grande Motte, a seaside resort in the south of France, a reflective facade is turning the horizon-line into a kaleidoscopic head-trip. Breath Box is an installation composed of hundreds of mirrored panels that move in time with the wind. A word of advice: Don't stare directly into this super shiny wall.