It's not made of plastic like its 1960s predecessor, but the "House of the Future" is about to return to Disneyland's Tomorrowland, taking up the bottom floor of Innoventions. Scheduled to open in May, the 5,000 square foot suburban-style home will be loaded with high-tech gadgets from Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard and LifeWare.
Visitors will experience the look of tomorrow by watching Disney actors playing a family of four preparing for a trip to China.
"It's much different than a spiel that you would get at a trade show," said Dave Miller, director of alliance development for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts. "We won't get into the bits and the bytes. It will be about the digital lifestyle and how that lifestyle can help you."
The actors will be in a flurry of cooking, packing and picture-taking designed to emphasize cutting-edge features in the home's two bedrooms, living room, kitchen, dining room, study and back yard.
Much of the project will showcase a network that makes the house "smart" and follows family members from room to room -- even adjusting artwork -- to preset personal preferences.Source: MSN Money/Associated PressThe home will also feature new uses for devices that many visitors may already own, as well as technologies that are still five or 10 years down the road, said Mike Seamons, vice president of marketing at LifeWare, which makes home automation software.
"If people walk through there and say, 'I don't have anything in this house at all,' then we've totally failed," Seamons said. "We're not waiting for robots to happen in order for it to be a reality."