While at work today I struggled with the question of how to write this thread. I didn't want it to come off as a rant, or have an elitist attitude. In the end I felt it was best left unwritten until I had some time to think about it. Let me start by saying thank you. Thank you to the CM who signed me in on Sunday, and allowed me to join her, and her party on their trip to the House of the Future. I didn't say anything at the time because I wanted everyone to enjoy their trip, and I hope that my writings now do not affect our friendship.
My name says it all, one part Tech Junkie, one part Jungle Skipper. It's a clash of two very opposite styles, and somewhere in the middle there I am! Part of my job, my day to day fun, is designing, building, and debugging various automation systems. To me it is the ultimate techie dream job! I work with everything, learn everything, play with everything and it rocks. When you take that, and enter the House of the Future, things come crashing down.
The first thing that I felt HoF lacked was biometrics. Simple things, fingerprint scanner for one which would personalize each panel to the CM who is demonstrating it allowing them to use any panel with their own personal settings. Voice recognition, which is even easier. You talk to a program for 5 minutes, normal speech, and it learns the various tones of your voice and speech patterns. Then you don't even need a touchpanel, all you need is to walk into a room and there you go.
Digital Frames and Smart tables are nice, but what about allowing you to drop the phone, dump the pictures, sort them, then frame them in their respective areas without ever leaving the table. And if you want to change them, touch the frame, then within a specific time touch a different picture. Or design a theme which allows the pictures to all change or rotate depending on who passes them. Morphing art would be nice. Or even better, wallpaper that changes at a press, depending on which color you want.
Big beautiful touchpanels streaming movies are nice, and tv remotes seem to be a necessity... but they aren't. What about wireless touchpanels for the presenters, allowing them to preview what they are about to show in a futuristic way, with that personalized biometric scanner I was talking about. And how about in wall mudded over speakers, and glass speakers... so you don't even see where the sound is coming from you just hear it.
It's nice to be able to change the color on a fountain... but what about designing a whole show sequence? How about being able to design the flow pattern of different fountains, along with color, and height, then add the Disney music of your choice.
Magic mirrors are fun, in a childish kid way. What about a full body scanner which can tell you your sizes in a moment, then adjust the clothes and accessories on the screen to fit your selection IN REAL TIME. While we're at it toss in voice recognition so it doesn't need to be turned on by a program.
The kitchen was fun, sadly the magic sink wasn't working, then again neither was the normal one. I still don't understand the concept of a magic sink, and an old fashioned one, but that's just me. How about a little automation though. While we don't have actual food replicators or hydraters yet... how about inventing them with a little Disney Magic. Or how about a fridge that can digitally display anything you want to put on it... notes, uploads from your phone or camera... kids can finger paint on it and it can stream live media. How about a garden that grows right in front of you! They plant the seed and in a moment have fresh tomatoes.
Then there is the kid's pirate room... which has a really cool cannon that can leave a digital image on the wall... yeah just like Duckhunt! The various animation was cool, well integrated, but more of a show and less of a home tour sort of feel.
This is a fraction of what was going through my mind today while I worked on various products. The sad thing is these are the products of today. Disney is displaying the products of yesterday and passing them off as the future! so much for Disney Magic.