An interesting foray into the world of design by popular writer/essayist/NPR-regular David Rakoff in his piece, “The Future Knocks Again.” It’s in part about the history of the Innoventions building at Disneyland, but more specifically about the newly opened Dream Home exhibit that lies within, which showcases futuristic design pieces in partnership with Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, and Life/ware. The early history portions are interesting, to be sure, but it really kicks off when Rakoff gets into the house, exploring all the crazy gadgets, from personal sound systems that follow you around to kitchens that tell you how to make things to mirrors that show you how you’ll look in various projected outfits, all triggered by small RFID tags. It’s exactly like visiting the House of Tomorrow at the World’s Fair. But if you can’t make the trip out to LA, you’ll probably find no better tour guide than Rakoff.
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