Ah, a respite from flat-screen TV's!This post was meant
to go up earlier in the week, but technical difficulties (ironically) got the better of us.
The reason it was supposed to go up earlier is that this coming weekend is the last time the Sunset Technology House
will be open to the public, so if you want to visit it after you see the pics, start reshuffling your weekend plans!
The house is a joint project of Sunset and Popular Science, and not surprisingly, the divergent cultures of these two magazine-reading populations don't quite come together. The house actually feels fairly un-techy, and all the many gadgets that don't fit naturally in a grand residence (like a 3-D printer), but that the magazines' advertisers probably still wanted on display are exiled to a "Tech Loft," which is the space above the garage.
Still, the fact that the advanced technological features of the house don't dominate your experience as you tour it is a good thing. You're free to enjoy it aesthetically.
Cool idea. (It would have been cooler on an actual lawn.)