Going by our archives, the only thing more hyped-up than flying cars and humanoid robot assistants were cool futuristic homes -- homes that could converge their walls to create new rooms, that could adapt to any environment, and that could play with your children while you took an afternoon nap. In terms of functionality, houses of today haven't changed much over the past fifty years. We still use good old brick, marble and cement as building materials. We still turn the microwave and TV on by our ourselves. For the most part, we still do our own chores. So what happened?
Popular Science is partnering with Sunset in the creation of an â€idea homeâ€ near San Francisco. The project´s focus is future home technology, including design elements, construction materials and cool consumer-tech products. The house, designed by the Dahlin Group, is under construction now and will be open for tours for 10 weeks this fall. The house and the products featured in it will appear in magazines, on TV, on the Web and in various other media outlets.