Making Things Interactive

January 22, 2008

Bill Gates’ Crib

Filed under: 1: Post Something Interesting,Brian Kish — bkish @ 12:07 pm

This is a 3D virtual tour that was created by the architecture firm Bohlin Cywnski Jackson for the Gates Residence in

It is not the most exciting animation, but it speaks about the interactive pin that the occupants wear. The house is able to adjust to the users’ preference that is programed into the pin.

An Excerpt about the system:

“Lights would automatically come on when you came home. Speakers would be hidden beneath the wallpaper to allow music to follow you from room to room. Portable touch pads would control everything from the TV sets to the temperature and the lights, which would brighten or dim to fit the occasion or to match the outdoor light.”

“Visitors to Bill Gates House are surveyed and given a microchip upon entrance. This small chip sends signals throughout the house, and a given room’s temperature and other conditions will change according to preset user preferences. According to King County public records, as of 2002, the total assessed value of the property (land and house) is $113 million, and the annual property tax is just over $1 million.”


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