Xiaomi‘s MIJIA smart rearview mirror has won the German Red Dot award for 2018 for its system interface design. The Red Dot Design Award is an international product design and communication design prize awarded by the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen in Essen, Germany. There are prize categories for product design, design agencies, and design concepts. Since 1955, designers and producers can apply for the prizes with the winners being presented in an annual ceremony.
The Mi Smart rearview mirror which was first launched in February last year and then an improved model with AI voice support was released earlier this year for same 999 yuan ($145). The new model also comes with an improved system interface design. It also comes with a 6.86-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1280×480 pixels. There is also an improvement in the cooling system. An aerospace aluminium material is processed into the unique thermal wings to greatly increase the cooling efficiency.
The rearview mirror packs a Sony IMX291 image sensor that is capable of capturing images even in low light condition. This sensor uses 6 sets of full-glass spherical lenses with each of them having 9 layers of coating. It comes with a large aperture of f/1.8 and 150 ° large wide angle. The impressive hardware wasn’t what clinched the award for the MIJIA Rearview camera. Instead, it is the interface and in this regard, the device comes pre-installed with Advanced driver assistance systems, or ADAS which supports FCW (Forward Collision Warning), PVS (Preceding Vehicle Starting), and LDW (Lane Departure Warning). It will save the video before and after the collision. We can even watch the videos in the rearview mirror as well via a mobile APP in real time. The gadget also comes with an emergency wake-up system.
The rearview mirror is also integrated with the new Small Love AI speaker and so supports voice command. Besides simple operations such as increasing or decreasing the volume or capturing videos and photos, you can give ‘smart’ commands such as ‘I would like to go to the nearest airport’ or ‘play the latest song of Maroon 5’. By the way, this mirror has a huge amount of media resources including radio stations and music. Do note that this isn’t just in Chinese but it supports voice commands in English language. The smart rearview mirror can also connect to the Mi Home app such that users can control their connected home appliances directly from the car. At just 999 yuan (around $145), the Xiaomi Mijia Smart Rearview Mirror is an amazing device to have.