The Innoventions Dream Home became the latest attraction at Disneyland. Located in Tomorrowland, the Dream Home delivers on “Walt’s vision for showcasing cutting-edge technologies that make life better and easier.” The Dream Home is a collaboration between Disneyland, Microsoft, HP, Life|ware and home-builder Taylor Morrison. The Dream Home demonstrates how technology can be integrated into our lives in a fun, interactive environment.
More than one billion people use Microsoft products around the world, which provides a unique insight into what people are doing and what they want to do — now and in the future. In fact, Microsoft’s Redmond, Wash. headquarters features an ever-evolving “Home of the Future” which is a real-life demonstration of the innovations dreamed up in their research and development laboratories. Disney executives have visited the home many times, so it was natural for the company to partner with Microsoft when Disneyland officials decided to create the Innoventions Dream Home.
“We’re constantly visualizing how tomorrow’s software will transform how we’ll work, play and communicate,” says Craig Mundie, chief research and strategy officer at Microsoft. “By partnering with Disneyland, we can show people how technology can enrich our lives today, and offer a glimpse of the technologies that will revolutionize homes in the future.”
The dream home also features futuristic technologies inspired by innovations from the Microsoft prototyping lab:
- Magic Mirror: A mirror projects different clothes, accessories and hairstyles onto each family member’s image when they stand before it. The clothes not only morph to the contours of the body, but also sway as the person in front of the mirror moves.
- Kitchen of Your Dreams: The kitchen recognizes ingredients as a family member sets them on the counter, suggesting recipes for those items and providing instructions once a recipe is selected.
- Story Time: Visit the child’s room to be transported to Neverland. Read “Peter Pan” aloud to absorb a full multimedia experience, as cues in the story set off lights, sounds, colors and video.