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Disney Takes Another Stab at the House of the Future

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 6 years ago | from the near-future-this-time dept.

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Disney has announced that they are going to take another stab at showing us the "House of the Future". The 5000-square-foot house will appear normal from the outside but will house gadgets like lights and thermostats that automatically adjust when someone enters the room and countertops that can identify food placed on it and suggest recipes. "Millions of Disneyland visitors lined up a half-century ago to catch a glimpse of the future: a home teeming with mind-blowing gadgets such as handsfree phones, wall-sized televisions, plastic chairs, and electric razors and toothbrushes. [...] The $15 million home is a collaboration of The Walt Disney Co., Microsoft Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co., software maker LifeWare and homebuilder Taylor Morrison. Visitors will experience the look of tomorrow by watching Disney actors playing a family of four preparing for a trip to China."

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I would like to see... (1)

Darundal (891860) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409426)

...How integrated various forms of media are from each other in this house.

Frosty Piss dispenser (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22409500)

Also rumored to be incorporated into the walls of the kitchen is a Frosty Piss dispenser. A generous assortment of options includes the ability to pre-select steaming, foaming, or on-the-rocks varieties. In a press release, Michael Eisner claims "The Frosty Piss dispenser is one of the most innovative concepts we have seen yet in domestic technology. Gone are the days where you had to brew your own Frosty Piss -- now, you can enjoy a tall steaming mug at any time of the day." Retail prices of the Frosty Piss dispenser have not been set.
 

Re:I would like to see...TWO BRICKS BEING SMASHED (5, Funny)

sm62704 (957197) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409842)

Microsoft has a hand in it, so considering how they write their software I doubt you can remove or replace anything in thhe house without the walls turning blue, black, or crashing down.

If you remove the laser razor is it "House Of The Future Lite"? I'll bet you can only use Microsoft Light Bulbs and Microsoft Lamps because the bulb screws, light sockets, and wall plugs are all nonstandard and proprietary.

Re:I would like to see...TWO BRICKS BEING SMASHED (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22409932)

Microsoft-Redmond already has a "House of the Future" thats been there for years. It pretty much has all the stuff listed already.

Re:I would like to see...TWO BRICKS BEING SMASHED (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22409940)

"Microsoft has a hand in it..."

Additionally, compatibility and adherence to exiting standards allowing interoperability with other products in this house of the future will be zero.

Any day now (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22409446)

In addition to the standard house-of-the-future home automation, the house will also include its own micro-fusion electric generator (running on tap water), a landing pad for the flying car, and Duke Nukem Forever running on a secure update to Microsoft Windows.

Don't forget the most important feature! (5, Informative)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409450)

Full support for multiple DRM technologies is built into everything!

Re:Don't forget the most important feature! (5, Funny)

Locklin (1074657) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409806)

I'm sorry, you want to use your toaster in the bathtub? You have to purchase extra permissions to do that: $50 at amazon.com.

Remember, breaking usage agreements is STEALING. You wouldn't steal an old ladies purse, would you?

Any unauthorized appliance usage, or sharing of appliances is deemed a criminal offense and will be instantly reported directly to Microsoft.com. Your house will enter a "restricted usage" mode, and will drop to below freezing until sufficient licenses are purchased.

But ... (4, Funny)

shis-ka-bob (595298) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409822)

That may work in the House of the Future, but it will never be approved by the Senate of the Future.

Soft Rains (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22409458)

"Today is August 5, 2026. Today is August 5, 2026"

Re:Soft Rains (1)

Rtech (647652) | more than 6 years ago | (#22410266)

Thank you AC because I've been trying to remember(without searching, of course) what that short story was called!

Shouldn't it be in Epcot? (1)

Besna (1175279) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409472)

Epcot has some really cool stuff that would go great with this. "Spaceship Earth" and all that.

Re:Shouldn't it be in Epcot? (1)

dtolman (688781) | more than 6 years ago | (#22410238)

Yeah - but the original House of the Future was in Disneyland/Magic Kingdom - so it makes sense just to update the ones that are already there.

I'll miss the old one - I think seeing the "future" through the eyes of someone 50, 30, 10 years ago was much more amusing than our current view of the "future".

Time to join the Luddites... (4, Funny)

owlnation (858981) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409474)

countertops that can identify food placed on it and suggest recipes
A whole house that has pop-up ads. That's not my future, I promise you. I'm thinking those bastards at the Sirius Cybernetic Corporation had a hand in the design.

Re:Time to join the Luddites... (1)

Aeamarth (943939) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409898)

Don't worry, their marketing division will be the firs against the wall when the revolution comes... (or so I heard...)

Re:Time to join the Luddites... (4, Funny)

rucs_hack (784150) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409914)

Um, yeah, of course.

What do you think are the chances of a computer controlled house with net access that *doesn't* spam you with ads?

There will be three kinds of utility for your web house. I shall elaborate.

Basic:

All the 'features', but to access them you must willingly subject yourself to advertising, and targeted recommendations.

Standard:

All the features, no non elective ads, but you're still likely to have 'great suggestions' coming in, facebook app-like, trying to get you to winningly accept the ads..

Premium.

They give you the device, and leave you the fuck alone. Expect this to be itself in one of two further sub-categories

sub-cat 1: Far too expensive for most people.

sub-cat 2: Available only to selected people, likely not even able to be bought.

Re:Time to join the Luddites... (2, Funny)

Abreu (173023) | more than 6 years ago | (#22410064)

If they try that, those idiots will be first against the wall when the revolution comes

Re:Time to join the Luddites... (4, Funny)

UberOogie (464002) | more than 6 years ago | (#22410164)

Not only that, but can you imagine the amount of research they are going to have to do with cannibals considering that human hands will be the most common thing on the countertop?

Re:Time to join the Luddites... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22410220)

I keep waiting for the self-checkout registers at the local grocery store to start saying (a la Clippy) "it looks like you are buying pizza ingredients; have you considered Ragu pizza sauce?" ... or words to that effect. So far it just reminds me to place my scanned items in the bag and gives me coupons to use next time (these are usually related to what I bought); when it starts telling me what to buy, I'm going to reprogram it with a large ax!

Trip to china (4, Funny)

Mickyfin613 (1192879) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409478)

Visitors will experience the look of tomorrow by watching Disney actors playing a family of four preparing for a trip to China to welcome their new Chinese overlords. Fixt.

Re:Trip to china (3, Insightful)

Amouth (879122) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409908)

i was about to comment on that..

atleast they will get one thing right... in 50 years we will be headed to China to find work to pay for our crazy expensive crap over here.

Re:Trip to china (1)

slashgimp (513115) | more than 6 years ago | (#22410036)

...or perhaps the new Disney(TM) tourism adventure will be to watch with satisfaction as indentured "employees" produce the bits of the House of The (DRM-Orwellian) Future for a dollar a day, just so the Disney Family(TM) can afford to have their food-identifying counter-top ;)

Whee.

Home of the future... (4, Insightful)

DragonWriter (970822) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409504)

The 5000-square-foot house will appear normal from the outside but will house gadgets like lights and thermostats that automatically adjust when someone enters the room and countertops that can identify food placed on it and suggest recipes.


So, technology that's been around for decades but not popular in homes, and technology that is a solution looking for a problem (if I've chosen to buy food, bring it home, and set it one the counter [or take it out of the fridge and set it on the counter] chances are I already had a use in mind—countertops that suggest recipes for food placed on them seem about as useful as as a closet that suggest where I might want to go based on the clothes I take out.)

For $15 million, I'm not impressed.

Re:Home of the future... (5, Interesting)

AvitarX (172628) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409634)

What would be cool though is fridge that checks it´s contents and tells you recipes along with thigns you could make with just a little extra.

It would solve the "there's nothing to make, but the fridge is full" dilemma.

Re:Home of the future... (4, Interesting)

jedidiah (1196) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409928)

Better yet, it keeps track of how long stuff has been in there or
checks for chemical signs of spoilage. From this it can either tell
you that it's time to clean things out or time for a "leftover casserole".

"Warning: Jar on back of bottom shelf has not been touched in 123 days..."

"The 6th Day" had a pretty good Future-Fridge.

Re:Home of the future... (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 6 years ago | (#22410070)

I designed a fridge that did that in about 2000. I could not get funding. Very frustrating, but it would take 12 mill to get it developed, prototyped, and an initial run of a hundred. But once the process was fined tuned it could ahve been become a commodity feature in all fridge while we got fees from licensing. We would have also built some high end consumer and industrial fridges.

Id woulds have also allowed you to connect from outside the home, get a list of contents, as well as a shopping list based on history of purchase. A purchase being an item that comes into the fridge often. For examples, once the milk gets below have it would tell you. IWe actually called it a reminder list and frame it as nice hints but not as an absolute must.

Oh well.

P.S. before someone points out my spelling and grammar errors and says thats why I didn't generate interest, I assure you we had professionals prepare it, and others review it.

Clippy, Home Edition (3, Insightful)

C10H14N2 (640033) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409770)


Yes, an entire house programmed to second guess your every move...to "help" you. How could that not be terrific?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rB03aRifPLU [youtube.com]

Re:Home of the future... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22409796)

countertops that suggest recipes for food placed on them seem about as useful as as a closet that suggest where I might want to go based on the clothes I take out.

Actually, they sound even less useful than your idea - that closet might at least be good for some shits and giggles.

"You're dressing up slutty tonight! Would you like directions to the red light district?"
*sounds of an expensive talking closet being turned into firewood by an axe*

Re:Home of the future... (4, Funny)

countSudoku() (1047544) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409866)

Oh boy, I can't wait for the future house to tell me it's having a problem getting rid of a virus in the fridge-server and all my Choco-Tacos have melted! Then I'll set a nice tri-tip onto the counter and see if I can't get around the "Unrecognized Item on Counter! Abort, Retry, Ignore?" displayed on the inside of my eyelids. Future House I already hate you! :)

Wake me when the house of the future runs on a platform that is secure and stable and relatively free of solutions in search of problems.

Re:Home of the future... (1)

CreatureComfort (741652) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409924)


Yeah. The only part of this that I find really believable about features in a "House of Tomorrow" is the $15 Million price tag.

Re:Home of the future... (3, Informative)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409944)

So, technology that's been around for decades but not popular in homes, and technology that is a solution looking for a problem (if I've chosen to buy food, bring it home, and set it one the counter [or take it out of the fridge and set it on the counter] chances are I already had a use in mind

Indeed. And, really, at what cost? Surely the current counter tops that most us have at under $10 / running foot aren't going to be something we replace with stuff which is as expensive as Corion or marble at more like $100 / running foot.

Since nobody will ever be able to afford this level of technical indulgence, who the heck do they think will be buying it? Honestly, sometimes I think futurists are engaging in the worst sort of intellectual masturbation -- here's something which is completely impractical, that will never be wide spread or affordable, but let's pretend that in 20 years we'll all be using it.

In the mean time, no flying cars, and the average schmuck still hasn't paid for his TV he bought on credit. Counter tops which suggest recipes will be something that only someone who can hire kitchen staff will be able to afford; in which case, they won't exactly need a suggestion, will they?

The simple reality is, this is never going to be the house of the future, it's purely an intellectual exercise of what you can do with a boat load of someone else's money when you can charge someone admission to look at it. It's about as divorced from reality as you can get.

Cheers

You are being stu^H^H^H Short sighted. (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 6 years ago | (#22410150)

Look at the original Disney home of the future. would have cost you 50K+ to do it at the time. Now almost everything that was there is common place. It's a view of what might be. I am old enough to remember what a HUGE deal cordless phones where. Literally change things in the house. The were the gadget to have. Now there are common and not thought about, but the Disney home had them years earlier.

The advantage to the Ma Bell Monopoly was that it had an entrenched process and they considered RnD a good thing and went on to develop large amount of technology that is common place today.

Re:Home of the future... (2, Interesting)

snarfies (115214) | more than 6 years ago | (#22410052)

Oh, I don't know. The countertop recipe idea might not be so bad. I do a lot of cooking, myself, because I enjoy it. Sometimes I buy ingredients for a future recipe weeks in advance, especially if I find it on sale (frozen meat, spices, etc), and I may buy more than I immediately need to store for later use. Or I may want to use up something - I almost never cook anything involving cream because I know that most of the cream will go to waste after I'm done with the recipe it called for. If the counter can keep inventory of my food and suggest recipes based on that, well, that might be nice. Not a necessity, to be sure, but nice.

Re:Home of the future... (1)

slashdotmsiriv (922939) | more than 6 years ago | (#22410058)

"home, and set it one the counter [or take it out of the fridge and set it on the counter] chances are I already had a use in mind--countertops that suggest recipes for food placed on them seem about as useful as as a closet that suggest where I might want to go based on the clothes I take out."

Actually I find both features quite useful. I may already have something in mind to cook already, but why not have the counter suggest something better
or adjust the recipe? Also one may go shopping for generic ingredients (like tomatoes, potatoes) and have nothing specific in mind.
Of course a feature that suggests recipes based on stuff you already have in the fridge could be even more useful!

About the closet feature, why not? Very often I find myself and friends changing our minds on where we want to go at the last moment or having
to adjust course due to unexpected events. Having the closet suggest alternative places based on how I am dressed wouldn't hurt at all. It would
be nice if it could take other input too, like my mood etc. Even nicer to send the suggestions to my cellphone.

Re:Home of the future... (1)

tompaulco (629533) | more than 6 years ago | (#22410146)

So, I assume the salary of the future will be approximately 60 times what it is now. My 5,000 square foot home cost me about 1/60th that much 5 years ago.

Bathroom jokes (5, Funny)

SoundGuyNoise (864550) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409508)

Oh the possibilites... - What happens if I'm in the shower and the OS crashes? Will it never turn off? - Will the toilet only accept one kind of input? - Will the house "phone home" to let said manufacturers know what I do in the house? (For statistics only, no personal information of course) - Will my furniture be compatible with the floor? - What if the fridge is stuck in an infinite loop and keeps ordering me eggs? - Can it defrag my junk drawer?

Re:Bathroom jokes (4, Funny)

sconeu (64226) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409636)

Will the toilet only accept one kind of input?

G-d, I hope not. It had better take at least two kinds of input (or two kinds of your output). Preferably at least three (if you get sick and need to shout into the great white telephone).

Re:Bathroom jokes (1)

sm62704 (957197) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409950)

Great white telephone?

You mean "praying to Ralph Blog at the porcelain altar" don't you?

Re:Bathroom jokes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22409712)

You really need to get a life.

Re:Bathroom jokes (1)

cvd6262 (180823) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409930)

Will the toilet only accept one kind of input?

No, but you'll need a per-seat license.

[Bud-dum-dum]

Thanks! You're great. Remember to tip your servers...

Re:Bathroom jokes (1)

mcmonkey (96054) | more than 6 years ago | (#22410028)

Will the toilet only accept one kind of input?

I just worry about the toilet becoming interactive. Input is okay...I just don't want any output.

GE House (1)

Bob McCown (8411) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409514)


I hope its not like the GE house they had/have in Pittsfield, MA. It was supposed to be some modern house, listening to you talk, automated curtains, etc, but really was a guy in a hidden closet listening, and throwing switches.

Re:GE House (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22409670)

Finally, a use for wogs and women!

Re:GE House (1)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 6 years ago | (#22410024)

I hope its not like the GE house they had/have in Pittsfield, MA. It was supposed to be some modern house, listening to you talk, automated curtains, etc, but really was a guy in a hidden closet listening, and throwing switches.

"Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain".

Cheers

Re:GE House (1)

EricTheGreen (223110) | more than 6 years ago | (#22410188)

Victorian-era people called said gentleman a "butler". I never realized how ahead of their time they actually were until now...

DID DISNEY THINK ABOUT..... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22409528)

DRM? You just gotta wonder that if it's the "HOME OF TOMORROW", if it's going to have a DRM restriction policy inherently built in so that the RIAA/MPAA/IFPI/MAFIAA can keep track of all their material....Will it operate on Windows VISTA/Windows 7?

China makes sense (2, Informative)

Subgenius (95662) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409530)

Of course, it makes sense that they are planning a trip to China, since all of the stuff in house was probably made there, and after the next big credit crunch, they might even be going overseas to pay forced-homage to the mortgage lender.

More likely for menial work... (1)

EmbeddedJanitor (597831) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409870)

Go to China to clean hotel rooms and hopefully get pregrant so that your kids are Chinese and have a Real Future and can live the Chinese Dream.

Great. A house that nags (4, Insightful)

ishmalius (153450) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409532)

As if we didn't hear enough "suggestions" in our daily lives. Didn't Ray Bradbury kill his house for this very same reason?

Clippy lives! (1)

hausen (1180303) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409540)

... countertops that can identify food placed on it and suggest recipes.
Don't know why, but I think that was a suggestion from Microsoft...
"I have seen that you have placed a glass of water on the counter. Would you like to view recipes containing 'water'?"

I'm not sure which would be harder to believe... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22409558)

A flying car in the driveway or a collection of HD-DVDs in the living room...

I know! (2, Insightful)

Stanistani (808333) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409566)

The house of the future is a yurt. [wikipedia.org]

Impossible Future? (5, Interesting)

drapeau06 (1010311) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409592)

Shouldn't a "house of the future" be smaller than current houses? If they are to be available to all humans, I mean.

Also, I still have hope that USians will start using the metric system someday... so overall, I'd suggest that a more sensible house of the future would be about 100 or 200 square metres.

Re:Impossible Future? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22409840)

Shouldn't a "house of the future" be smaller than current houses? If they are to be available to all humans, I mean.
Not after the global warming conspirators kill^H^H^H^Heliminate^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^Hreduce the global population by 90%.

Re:Impossible Future? (1)

jedidiah (1196) | more than 6 years ago | (#22410018)

Do you like... Clean, or anything?

Do you really want to tidy up 5000sqft of house?

Do you even understand how much house that is?

I'd like to better use the space I have and make
it seem larger rather than finding new and
intereting ways of figuring out how to make the
Clampett Mansion feel like the Clampett Shack.

Re:Impossible Future? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22410270)

Shouldn't a "house of the future" be smaller than current houses? If they are to be available to all humans, I mean.


Nope, they are selling fantasy and illusion to the public to keep them distracted with bread and circuses.

Note the "family trip to China" ignoring the fact that it's a fascist, communist nation of human rights violators and political prisoners -- they should be our mortal enemies. But I guess it's not much different than the future of America either.

Re:Impossible Future? (1)

soxos (614545) | more than 6 years ago | (#22410278)

Also, I still have hope that USians will start using the metric system someday... so overall, I'd suggest that a more sensible house of the future would be about 100 or 200 square metres.
Good luck. I don't know what would cause a bigger uproar. Imposing the metric system, or changing our spelling to metre.

Additional feature (3, Funny)

rossz (67331) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409628)

What's not mentioned is that DRM will be built right into your house. It will prevent you from doing anything that Disney considers a violation of intellectual property (as Disney defines it). That means your VCR won't record. Your DVR will self-destruct. Your computer won't download music or videos. You CDs will be locked to the first player you use the disc in. Your original and priceless manuscript of Grimm's Fairy Tales will smolder and burn (Disney now owns all that). iPods and other MP3 players will have permanent memory corruption. You'll be sent a bill for royalties if it detects you singing copyrighted songs in the shower (and the "Happy Birthday" song you sing for your kid on his third birthday).

Re:Additional feature (1)

thanatos_x (1086171) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409830)

The house of the future and we're not even using Betamax?! They lie!

Re:Additional feature (4, Funny)

Creepy (93888) | more than 6 years ago | (#22410256)

not only that - the friendly Microsoft voice activated software will help you run your home

~~Home of the Future Premium Edition~~
me: Computer! shower on.
computer: warning - this will change your current hardware settings, which requires admin approval - are you sure you want to do that? Say 'yes' to continue, 'no' to cancel.
me: yes
~shower turns on cold water~
me: computer - set water to 36 degrees
computer: sets temp.
me: computer -this is still freezing - I said use Celsius yesterday - don't you learn?
computer: command not understood.
me: computer: set water to 36 degrees CELSIUS
computer: this is a US based system and only allows Fahrenheit temperatures. For international measurement packs, install House of the Future Ultimate Edition.
me: *%*#%*^ - computer - set temp to 98F!
computer: House temperature is now set to 98 degrees Fahrenheit.
me: aaargh - no computer, set shower water temperature to 98F and house temp to 70F.
computer: shower water temp set to 98F. please enter commands one at a time.
me: computer: set house temp to 70F.
computer: house temp set to 70F
~~shower~~
me: computer - shower off
computer: warning - this will change your current hardware settings, which requires admin approval - are you sure you want to do that? Say 'yes' to continue, 'no' to cancel.
me: yes!
~~shower turns off~~

House of the future compatible with today? (4, Insightful)

HalAtWork (926717) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409638)

Wouldn't the house of the future be made up of easily interchangable parts that can be easily retrofitted to existing structures? It wouldn't be something designed from the ground up with today's bleeding-edge technologies. Part of the hassle of doing work in the houses of today are parts, fixtures, or even the location of holes, that are of a new standard and plain just don't work with anything else.

Re:House of the future compatible with today? (2, Funny)

Xtravar (725372) | more than 6 years ago | (#22410148)

They already make houses out of materials which exhibit the properties you seek.

They're called "Legos".

our own little worlds (4, Interesting)

Statecraftsman (718862) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409640)

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.
Does anyone get the feeling that we're all increasingly seeing what we want to see? Headphones and ipods mean we're less often exposed to the music of our parents, friends, and coworkers. We all go to our own favorite websites to check news(be it factual, entertaining, or agreeable) or socialize or whatever. We spend hours and hours in whole virtual worlds that are difficult to appreciate or explain without having spent those many hours there.

While I think it would be awesome to see the art and decor transform depending on who walks into a room...this just highlights to me that we may become more disconnected from each other as we optimize the digital world to our own personal likes. Not that it's bad...maybe we were all meant to relate to each other through screens, keyboards, and mice. Maybe the benefit of the digital world is that it provides a better way to share experience when we choose. Either way, it's good to recognize what's going on.

Re:our own little worlds (3, Insightful)

bcattwoo (737354) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409838)

I totally agree. For example, cellphones, Blackberries, etc, make it easier for us to stay in touch with people far away while increasingly distancing ourselves from those right around us. And now, instead of having the kids bugging you in the car, you just pop a DVD in for them. Even having listening to the DVD audio is too much to ask, you say? Upgrade to the wireless headphones!

A more likely scenario... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22409658)

Would be a Chinese family going for a trip to the USA

Re:A more likely scenario... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22410004)

Yeah, but who the fuck wants to see the inside of a cargo hold?

It's not the house of THE future (1)

Itninja (937614) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409698)

It's the house of THEIR future. 'They' being the megalithic companies that sponsor this type of thing. I bet their won't be any Linux-based appliances (i.e. Tivos) in there. Or any Jonathan Coulton music playing. Or anything else that's open-source. Down with everything! Just don't take away my XBox....oh wait.

The house of the future will be sans tech (1)

Ralph Spoilsport (673134) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409714)

this is a photo of the house of the future:

Grass Hut [old-picture.com]

RS

What about urinalysis? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22409716)

Every time you use the WC, your urine and/or feces could be checked for the early signs of health issues.

It'd be great 'til somebody flushed some spaghetti sauce instead of putting it in the trash bin.

Re:What about urinalysis? (1)

CreatureComfort (741652) | more than 6 years ago | (#22410038)


And the Senate will decide that there is no liability for the home manufacturer when they provide the 'complimentary drug analysis' to the DEA on request with no warrant.

Re:What about urinalysis? (1)

sm62704 (957197) | more than 6 years ago | (#22410066)

I expect that the urinalysis will be government mandated.

Yeah (1)

Quiet_Desperation (858215) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409718)

Closets will help pick out the right dress for a party. Countertops will be able to identify groceries set on them and make menu suggestions.
I know when I wake up in the morning I think, "Gosh, I wish my house yammered at me more."

I dunno... this all this sounds really annoying.

Re:Yeah (1)

sm62704 (957197) | more than 6 years ago | (#22410128)

this all this sounds really annoying.

What do you expect from Microsoft?

But (2, Funny)

biased_estimator (1222498) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409722)

...does it run Linux?

Trip to China? (3, Insightful)

bcattwoo (737354) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409748)

"Visitors will experience the look of tomorrow by watching Disney actors playing a family of four preparing for a trip to China."

Probably just their normal daily commute to work.

Tough House (2, Interesting)

Bob(TM) (104510) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409764)

When it comes to aesthetics, designers decided to stray from the Jetsons-style House of the Future - an all-plastic cross design with four wing-shaped bays that appeared to float. The house was so tough that wrecking balls bounced off it when Disney ripped it down in 1967.

The new home will be made of wood and steel and finished in muted browns and beiges, said Sheryl Palmer, president and chief executive of Taylor Morrison in North America.


I dunno ... I kinda think a house tough enough to withstand a wrecking ball has a lot of forward thinking utility.

Re:Tough House (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22410044)

I dunno ... I kinda think a house tough enough to withstand a wrecking ball has a lot of forward thinking utility.


You foresee a lot of errant stray wrecking balls flailing through the air in the future?

A countertop with an atitude (2, Funny)

charlesj68 (1170655) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409790)

countertops that can identify food placed on it and suggest recipes.
Great, and probably insult me over my choice of vegetables. Or, chastise me over not buying enough "organic".

They should have let Miramax do it for them . . . (1)

The Second Horseman (121958) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409808)

And built it just off-site. That way, they could have included something like an Orgasmatron without actually making anyone angry at Disney.

Re:They should have let Miramax do it for them . . (1)

CreatureComfort (741652) | more than 6 years ago | (#22410088)


I read that as they should have let MirrorMask [sonypictures.com] design it for them. Now that would be freaky!

Misinterpretation (1)

CSMatt (1175471) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409814)

Did anyone else initially interpret the title as "Disney once again tries to lobby the candidates for the House of Representatives"?

The Original (1)

Uncle Dick (534747) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409826)

Nothing can beat the original, all plastic(!), Monsanto-sponsored House of the Future [yesterland.com] . Has Disney ever made anything as cool as that?

Re:The Original (1)

jedidiah (1196) | more than 6 years ago | (#22410086)

Gotta love a house that's immune to wrecking balls.

Excellent... (1)

Capt James McCarthy (860294) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409850)

I finally get to find out if that's real beef in those burritos!

Fifteen Million Dollars? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22409876)

So that puts it where? Low-average home price for Southern California?

I want a Roomba with a clue. (1)

Animats (122034) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409960)

The little cleaning robots from iRobot are cute; but they're Rod Brooks dumb. They navigate by bumping into the walls, and have no idea where they are. They're round, so they can't clean in corners. They're really only slightly better than the one in the GE kitchen of the future from 1956.

We need less home automation, and better building automation for meeting rooms of all sizes. Audio, video, lighting, and HVAC should be handled intelligently by the room control system, with next to no user input required.

Optimal HVAC control is well understood but rarely seen. It requires room sensors for temperature, humidity, C02, CO, fire, smoke, and room occupancy, all of which you can now get in one little box. You also need controllable dampers on the ducts, outside air sensors, fan speed control, and something really reliable to run the system. Once you have that, HVAC works far better. When a room is empty, airflow is reduced but temperature is maintained reasonably close to normal. When someone enters the room, airflow is stepped up a bit. Heating and cooling are adjusted. As more people enter the room, the CO2 reading goes up and the fan speeds increase to bring it back down. If humidity goes up, the HVAC system pumps in more dry air. If CO goes up, but fire alarms haven't tripped, indicating smokers, fan speeds go way up. When outside conditions are suitable, more air is brought in from outside without running it through the A/C or heating system. When this is all working, you'll never notice it.

correction - should read (1)

TRRosen (720617) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409968)

Visitors will experience the look of tomorrow by watching Disney actors playing a family of four preparing for a trip to China." To look for work.

One question (1)

smooth wombat (796938) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409990)

How do I turn this crap off? If I put a piece of food on the counter I'm either:

a) putting it there temporarily because I just bought it for future use in a recipe and haven't put it away or
b) putting it there to be used in a recipe I am currently making

I don't need something to tell me what I can make with whatever food is sitting on the counter. What if I leave my bananas sitting on the counter (which I do)? Will I be bombarded with a non-stop barrage of recipes or ideas on how to use those bananas until I eat them? What about that bottle of olive oil that sits there?

I realize there are those who will find this kind of stuff neat and are probably the same people who think having GPS systems permanently installed in ones new car is a good thing, but I don't. The more complicated you make something, the more chances there are for something to fail. Apparently the KISS principle has been abandoned by designers.

I can't wait to see how it all works together (4, Funny)

stormguard2099 (1177733) | more than 6 years ago | (#22409994)

Father: Come on medicine cabinet! I need my insulin!
Automated medicine cabinet: The serial number on your refrigerator seems to be invalid. Please call 1-800-chinasoft for assistence.
Father: Alright but hurry up I have to get to work.
Phone: It appears your telephone service provider is not supported. Can I interest you in signing up for MSNfone?
Father: I knew I should have installed linux but I just couldn't find those drivers for my countertop and showercurtain .

They can do better than this... (2, Insightful)

neostorm (462848) | more than 6 years ago | (#22410000)

I'm surprised that's all they could come up with... It sounds like it was designed by whimsy than practicality. Nothing they mention sounds like an ideal house to me. Maybe thermostat, but I live in Southern California, so it's not like that fluctuates a lot...

In the "future", I'd really prefer a house that -
1) helps me keep it clean. I've always envisioned a carpet that has a vacuum system beneath it, and will suck up all the dirt and grim and little bits from below.
2) an in-sink dishwasher, where I can simply pile my dirty dishes into the sink, slide the top closed, and let it do it's thing without me having to clean by hand or pre-scrub and load them into a separate unit.
3) has an embedded software system that will help me track my chores and tasks for that day, wake me in the morning, remind me of events on certain dates... basically calendar software that can be accessed from any wall in the house. (probably the closest scenario to what they have in the article).
4) runs energy efficient! uses energy recycling tech to generate as much of it's own power supply as possible - i.e. solar power, walking around generates kinetic energy picked up through the floor, running tap and shower catch access energy as they drain, etc.

I don't know, I just made this up off the top of my head by looking around my apartment (you can guess what shape it's in), but I think Disney's little inventors are looking too much in the direction of luxury, and not enough in the direction of practicality and things that people would really want to help them live their lives more comfortably.

The House Of The Future (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22410034)


in Gulag America will also have a direct feed to The Minister of Propaganda [whitehouse.org] .

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Laundry idea (2, Interesting)

CopaceticOpus (965603) | more than 6 years ago | (#22410072)

Most of their ideas are cute but not especially helpful to anyone. I'd throw all those ideas out for a real laundry machine. I want to toss my dirty clothes in at night, and the next morning have them waiting for me, cleaned, dried, ironed, sorted, and folded.

*big sigh* (1)

jrothwell97 (968062) | more than 6 years ago | (#22410074)

They'll be making films next...

House of the Future... (1)

NathanWoodruff (966362) | more than 6 years ago | (#22410082)

will be off the grid, running small nuclear generators, running as small of appliances as possible.

It will be about saving as much energy as possible, not wasting as much as possible.

Nathan

Are we all rich in the future too? (2, Interesting)

dtolman (688781) | more than 6 years ago | (#22410090)

5000 square feet? Thats not a house - thats a mansion! Are they going to China to find a full time cleaning crew to chase after the dust bunnies in their 8 bedrooms and 6 1/2 bathrooms?

Just the same - I'm a sucker for Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, and look forward to visiting the protype house of the Corporate Liege Lord in the future.

Cool! (1)

GungaDan (195739) | more than 6 years ago | (#22410160)

Imagine a beowulf subdivision of these...

future? (1)

asilentthing (786630) | more than 6 years ago | (#22410204)

Similar programs could turn a desktop into a computer screen, allowing residents to load photos, music or e-mail onto a cell phone by placing it on the desk.

So... Microsoft Surface then. Haven't we seen this already? Aren't there hotels about to put these in their lobbies?

normal (3, Insightful)

jemminger (914046) | more than 6 years ago | (#22410222)

"The 5000-square-foot house will appear normal from the outside".... just like everyone else's 5000 square foot homes ;-p

Countertops (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22410228)

"countertops that can identify food placed on it and suggest recipes"

how stupid is that... when my food gets on the countertop, it's because I already know what I am going to do with it...

Will I need to empy my fridge on my countertop to know what to cook every day?

Anyway, it's been tried before and it's totally useless.... instead it should track what you have in the fridge and suggest what you can cook with what you have... or tell you what to buy to make a specific recipe...

Me: What can I cook ?
Fridge: Beer... beer chicken... beer hotdogs... beer cheese... beer...
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