Disneyland recently opened a new interactive experience called the Innovations Dream Home, located in the Tomorrowland area of the park near Space Mountain. The major sponsors were HP, Microsoft, and LifeWare (a home automation company). Based on a full page article with photos in E-Gear magazine, here are some details.
- The kitchen has a voice-activated digital recipe guide via a display on the kitchen counter, using an HP TouchSmart PC.
When someone stands in front of the magic mirror in a bedroom superimposes a digital wardrobe paper-doll style including jewelry and hair styles).
- Another bedroom projects storyboard images on the wall when reading a book out loud.
- Microsoft’s Surface technology is used for the dining room table to display pictures, videos, or a digital light show.
- A projector and screen are used in the living room play music and movies via a media library from an HP Media Center PC.
- There are about 150 digital picture frames around the house that change images whenever guests enter, based on an RFID chip they wear on their cloths to identify the person.
- LCD touchpanels by LifeWare are all over the house to allow control of most every system including lights, media, temperature, and access to news and weather.
The official home builder of the Dream House at Disneyland is Taylor Morrison, the company my brother works for in the Phoenix area selling new homes. He was invited with a group of co-workers to visit Disneyland for a day just after the opening.
I haven’t been to Disneyland or Disneyworld in over 20 years. Anyone who is about my age or older probably remembers when they charged per ride and various rides had their own type of ticket from A to E, with E tickets being the most expensive for the good rides like Pirates and the Haunted House – thus the cliche’ that still exists today an E-ticket ride.
About 75% of what is on display in the Dream Home is actually available to consumers today. What I (and probably most people) would be most interested is in the 25% category of not available to the public, which is a consumer version of the Surface table.