Disney House of Tomorrow Take 2

Disney House of Tomorrow Take 2

Laure Joliet
Feb 20, 2008

The original Monsato House of Tomorrow lived a fleeting 10 years until its demise. Filled with mainly plastics and meant to showcase what life would be like in 1985, Disney is now working on a new "House of Tomorrow":

The 5,000-square-foot home will be the ultimate crib for a family of 4. With two bedrooms, living room, kitchen, dining room, study and backyard it will remain true to its roots. But this time instead of being almost entirely made of plastic, we suspect that it will borrow from the current prefab boom since they're reporting that the home will be made of wood and steel and finished with muted browns and beiges.

What's impressive is that the original H.O.T. was meant to showcase what life would be like in 1985, and it wasn't far off: containing a hands-free telephone, wall-size TV, microwave, ultrasonic dishwasher, electric razor and toothbrush, intercoms with mini TV screens, and sinks that adjusted for each user's height. Allright well maybe the sink thing didn't happen...

In the new House, visitors will get a sense of the ease of this modern day life from watching actors play out this family of 4 getting ready for a trip to China. Some of the things that will be making life easier are (keep in mind that this is a collaboration with Microsoft and Hewlett Packard):

• Lights and thermostats will automatically adjust when people walk into a room.
• Countertops will be able to identify groceries set on them and make menu suggestions.
• When a resident clicks a TV remote, for example, lights will dim, music will shut off and the shades will draw as the network realizes a movie is about to start.
• Mirrors and closets could identify clothes and suggest matching outfits, complementary colors or track what apparel is at the cleaners or in the wash.

Anyone remember seeing the original? Who's excited for this one? Who's surprised that it's opening as soon as May?

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