The latest attraction at Disneyland takes visitors through a home of the
future featuring technologies of tomorrow inspired by some of today’s
cutting-edge consumer offerings from Microsoft and other technology industry
ANAHEIM, Calif., June 16, 2008 – Today, the Innoventions Dream Home
became latest attraction at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. Located in
Tomorrowland, the Dream Home delivers on Walt Disney’s vision for showcasing
cutting-edge technologies that make life better and easier and was created in
close 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.