Disney’s Tomorrowland Gets an Upgrade with Innoventions Dream Home Grand Opening


disney innoventions dream home kitchenI’m in Anaheim, California getting ready to attend Disney’s grand openning of a new attraction called the “Innoventions Dream Home” as a guest of HP and Disney. The new Tomorrowland exhibit, created in partnership with HP, Microsoft, Exceptional Innovations (Life|ware), and homebuilder Taylor Morrison, will showcase cutting-edge digital home technologies available now and some that will be rolling out in the not too distant future. The whole idea of the exhibit is to provide a space for visitors to interact with new technologies from the participating companies in different settings and follow how a ficitional family, called the Elias family, leverages the various connected devices and applications in different rooms of the Dream Home for entertianment, information gathering, and home automation purposes. Stay tuned for further updates and exclusive interviews.

Below are the details from Disney on the exhibit’s “high-tech” and “high-touch” rooms [full release].

The user-friendly technology of the Innoventions Dream Home is on display from the moment guests approach the entrance to “360 Tomorrowland Way” (a whimsical reference to the circular “carousel” structure of the Innoventions building). Each room offers new experiences and surprises.

Front Yard

A member of the Elias family greets guests as they approach the front door of the Dream Home. Today, the family member announces, everyone is invited to visit as the family prepares a party to celebrate younger son Robbie’s amazing soccer goal, which earned his team a victory in the Nationals and a spot at the International Soccer Championships in China.

The Front Yard also introduces guests to the ease, function and connectivity of the Dream Home. With the touch of a button, the family can change the outside appearance of the Dream Home. Today, they’ll be decorating for Robbie’s celebration, but they can also easily decorate for the holidays.

The Dream Home “recognizes” members of the Elias family as they enter the home. The dog door even recognizes the family dog!

Foyer & Great Room

Upon entering the Dream Home, guests may explore on their own in several directions. Whichever direction they choose, they will enter through the Foyer and Great Room, which showcases many of the connected personal features of the home.

As the Dream Home notes the presence of individual members of the Elias family, the surroundings in the Great Room — pictures on the walls, music in the sound system — automatically adjust to the preferences of the family member who is in the room.

At the Grand Piano in one corner, a would-be virtuoso can take a master class from a teacher on the other side of the country. Technology lets the teacher do a full demonstration, complete with technique, on the Dream Home piano.

In the center of the room, next to the family’s easy chairs and ottomans, is a “coffee table book” that is actually an interactive touch screen with content from the library. The book will display the original manuscript of “Alice in Wonderland.” Guests and Elias family members can turn the pages of the book simply by touching the screen.

Kitchen

Like most kitchens, the Elias family Kitchen is more than just a place to prepare food. It’s where the calendar is kept, and where family photos and works of art are displayed. New technology enables all of this, with a virtual bulletin board that posts all the latest messages about soccer schedules, along with digital photos and versions of the kids’ hand-drawn creations.

Since this Dream Home Kitchen is fully interconnected, appliances can “talk” to one another. So can the grocery items! If Mrs. Elias puts a bag of flour on the counter, the computer voice of “Lillian” will provide recipes and instructions to prepare the meals. If ingredients are missing or out-of-date, the interconnected pantry and refrigerator will share the information and create a shopping list on the virtual bulletin board.

Dining Room

Like most families, the Elias family gathers around the dinner table to discuss the day’s events, and the day of Robbie’s soccer victory has been a special one. The Dining Room table is a large interactive surface, inlayed with computers, and when the family sets down their mobile phones on the table, photos and videos spill across the screens. Then the family can interact with, view and enlarge the images with a simple touch.

The Dining Room table can also be used to create art, do homework, and assemble video puzzles — with multiple family members all at once.

A Dining Room memory cabinet displays photos and art appropriate to any occasion, triggered by objects placed on its shelf.

Family Room/Home Office

The entertainment center in the Dream Home Family Room is a movie lover’s dream. With the touch of a button, the room transforms into a state-of-the-art home theater. The curtains close, the lights adjust, the 7.1 surround sound kicks in, and the 100-inch television screen comes to life with one of the movies stored in the Media Center.

Across the room is the Home Office, with desk and chair inspired by the classic design of Walt Disney’s own Studio office. Here, Elias family members can attend to the business of the day, including communication with the Chinese soccer team that will meet Robbie’s team when it arrives for the contest. A 3-D Printer enables the Chinese hosts to send a congratulatory three-dimensional gift directly to the Elias home.

Teen Daughter’s Room

At her desk, the Elias family daughter can connect with friends or her favorite entertainment. As she develops new interests, she can easily change the photos and posters in her room.

But she may be spending much of her time in front of the Magic Mirror, a virtual mirror that projects accessories, hairstyles and the clothes from her closet onto her reflection, fitting the styles to her body so that she can try out different “looks” as she prepares for her brother’s party.

Tip: Watch as she holds the dress up for consideration. The virtual skirt even sways as she twirls around!

Younger Son’s Room

Robbie has a room that would be the envy of any adventurous kid. His bed is a pirate ship, complete with onboard cannon. In the manner of all great Disney attractions, the room combines the latest technology with classic storytelling.

When a family member takes a seat by the bed and begins to tell the story of Peter Pan, the story jumps off the pages. Everyone in the room is immersed in the story with special effects, including video that appears on the ship’s sail and the surrounding walls. Tinker Bell may even breeze past some of the room’s fixtures, causing them to shake and tinkle. The bed-cannon can shoot holes through the virtual clouds, just like the cannon on Captain Hook’s ship.

Backyard, Courtyard & Party Tent

When guests exit the house and make their way into the Courtyard and Backyard, they’ll find that even the barbecue and outdoor decor feature the latest technology, including a flat-screen monitor that can dispense barbecuing instructions.

Inside the Party Tent, guests who want to “build” their own virtual Dream Home can get even more hands-on experiences with the fascinating applications on display in the Innoventions Dream Home.




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  • http://ian.thedigitallifestyle.com Ian Dixon

    I am looking forward to seeing your pictures