The Housing Chronicles Blog: Disneyland rolls out "Innoventions" house of the future

Friday, June 20, 2008

Disneyland rolls out "Innoventions" house of the future

Disneyland launched the first iteration of their Innoventions house at Tomorrowland earlier this week. So will people actually use these technologies in their own homes? Hard to say. From an L.A. Times article:

Big Spender has given you an inside peek into the lifestyles of the rich and famous: a Rolls-Royce rental for $7,500 a day; truffle cheese for $65 a pound; and a pearl necklace for Fido for $2,325. This week, though, we visit 360 Tomorrowland Way, a 5,000-square-foot home inside Disneyland. The Innoventions Dream Home, which opens late this month, is stocked with the latest technology -- stuff that, in some cases, even that black American Express card can't buy.

Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all? You are, of course. And you look fabulous in that black dress; no, wait, the red one! At the Dream Home, the preprogrammed Magic Mirror is loaded with every piece of clothing and accessory in your closet. Just stand in front of the mirror, click on the clothes and see how you look. Price? Keep dreaming; it's still being developed...

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It wasn't so long ago that your standard "graphical user interface" was quarantined to a computer monitor and relegated to whichever part of the house your hard drive occupied. But in the Innoventions Dream Home, which debuts this week at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., user interfaces have officially migrated beyond the confines of the black box and keyboard, taking the form of interactive tabletop displays, wall-mounted touch screens, and virtual bulletin boards in just about every room of the house.

Built by Taylor Morrison, the concept home features digital home automation, streaming media, and gobs of other techno-fabulous goodies, courtesy of Microsoft, HP, and technology integrator LifeWare. Think digital photo albums, appliances that "talk" to each other, magic mirrors, and wireless everything. The house even has rooms that "recognize" individual family members and morph their surroundings (changing, for example, temperature, lighting, artwork on the walls, and music on the sound system) according to the taste of whomever is occupying the room.

So what are the chances people will actually start asking for these innovations in the homes they buy? I guess we won't know, at least not for now.

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