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Cool or creepy: Smart homes can tell you how healthy you are

The 'smart mirror' guides teeth brushing, telling her how long to brush each quadrant of teeth, and if she missed a spot.

WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. — Cheryl Murdoch’s morning routine is a lot like everyone else’s: get up, shower and prepare for the day.

The difference comes when she pulls out her toothbrush at her Wesley Chapel home.

“When I turn it on, my mouth comes up, and it tells me exactly where I need to start brushing my teeth,” she said. “The mirror will show me yellow if I missed any spots."

Her “smart mirror” guides her brushing, telling her how long to brush each quadrant of teeth, and if she missed a spot. As she continues getting ready, her mirror will also check her hydration levels and can even check temperature and blood pressure if desired.

“It’s really amazing,” Cheryl said.

Cheryl and her husband William live in the Epperson neighborhood of Wesley Chapel.

It's known for its crystal lagoon, but it’s also part of a "smart city" planned by Metro Development Group. The company has created an interconnected held together by ultra-fast internet.

"This is the first of its kind,” said Kartik Goyani, VP of operations with Metro Development Group. “Our big idea here was that how do we build a city from the internet up and use that connectivity to not only connect the people, the schools, the homes but also use that to help people live healthier? We're doing that by bringing healthcare to the home.”

The smart mirrors are made by Philips in partnership with AdventHealth. An executive with AdventHealth said the user controls what happens to the information the mirror collects. 

“It's really going to be in the consumer's control as to how they use the data and what they collect. So, I think first and foremost, it's important to denote their control. It's not our record, it's not our system. It's really their information,” said John Johannessen, senior executive officer of non-acute care at AdventHealth. “People have gotten used to giving up certain privacy between different technology and smartphones...it seems like it's just the next evolution of how do you get information in a timely manner collected and how comfortable are you with that technology?”

The smart mirrors are currently in a testing phase. The Murdochs are trying them out on a six-month trial basis.

Emerald Morrow is a reporter with 10News WTSP. Like her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter. You can also email her at emorrow@wtsp.com.

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