Philips (www.philips.com) has unveiled a wall-mounted mirror that can convert into a television or computer monitor. The Mirror TV, which will be marketed to the hotel industry by the end of the year, is actually a 17, 23, or 30-inch liquid crystal display with a polarized coating that adjusts a portion of the mirror surface between a total light transmission TV mode and a total reflection mirror mode. Philips says Mirror TV allows users to watch the news and traffic while shaving and brushing their teeth.
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