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Disney, Microsoft, HP, Others Build 'House Of The Future'

Innoventions Dream Home in Disneyland's Tomorrowland will exhibit everything from mobile phones and PCs to digital music and gaming.

The Disneyland Resort this week teamed up with Microsoft, HP, software provider Lifeware, and home builder Taylor Morrison to create an attraction featuring digital home technologies of the future.

The 5,000-square-foot Innoventions Dream Home attraction will reside in Disneyland's Tomorrowland for the purpose of introducing resort visitors to technologies that will enhance their everyday lives, according to the companies. The visitors will be able to learn about the technologies and interact with them.

"This exciting alliance gives each of our partners a forum to inspire our guests' imaginations and motivate them to incorporate and enjoy the new technologies that are available today," said Ed Grier, president of the Disneyland Resort, in a statement.

Innoventions Dream Home will exhibit everything from mobile phones and PCs to digital music and gaming. The technology will be interconnected in the home, providing visitors with a ubiquitous experience. HP is providing the "connected entertainment," Microsoft is supplying its latest home technologies, and Lifeware is adding its automation software to technologies contained in the home. Lifeware's software program works with Windows Media Center to control lighting, security, audio, and entertainment systems.

Taylor Morrison is constructing the futuristic home in Disneyland.

The new attraction builds on Walt Disney's legacy of the "House of Tomorrow," which was built in Disneyland in 1967. Then in 1998, the Innoventions attraction opened with a similar purpose of showcasing future technologies, such as voice-activated computers, high-definition TVs, smart-cars, and satellite broadcasting.

Innoventions Dream Home is expected to open in its doors to the public in May.

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