Jesse is so intent and focused when she’s on her Mac that she never hears anyone walking up behind her. When they speak or make noise, she freaks out and screams. It’s disconcerting for everyone.
What solution is there to my wife’s problem? How about a mirror on her Mac? It could work like a car’s review mirror, or the helmet mirror that bicyclists use. Instead of attaching a doofus-looking mirror to your Mac, your Mac has half the solution already built-in.
How Much Is That Mirror In Your Mac
Don’t get ahead of me. You know where this is going, right? 3rd Eye Mirror is a Mac app that opens up your Mac’s iSight camera or FaceTime camera (depends on the Mac as to which is which) and displays what the camera sees, as if it were a mirror.
It’s not a mirror. It’s a video image of what the camera sees.
What does the camera see? Can it see who or what is sneaking up behind you? Yes. And no. The problem with 3rd Eye Mirror is that your Mac’s camera is generally looking at you. So the mirror will reflect you, and not necessarily be a real rear view mirror.
3rd Eye Mirror Lite is free. The non-free version is only 99-cents, but it will remember where you place the mirror on the screen.
To make 3rd Eye Mirror an effective rear view mirror, you’ll need to angle your Mac’s screen and camera so it displays what’s behind you, rather than display you.
Or, add another USB camera and attach it to the upper right or left corner of the Mac’s screen.
This is a great concept that doesn’t quite work. Yet. You can get a similar effect simply by opening up QuickTime Player and click New Movie Recording (but don’t hit the red Record button), but that’s a cheap way to do less than what’s already cheap.
3rd Eye Mirror also needs some kind of motion detection (would work great in a camera attached to the screen) and early warning system. For now, it’s a novelty app. Fun. Interesting. With promise, but no awards.