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Walter Cronkite Tours ‘Home of the Future’

Imagine a single screen that can give you the weather and stock reports!


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Walter Cronkite’s predictions on the home and home office of the future are spot on, but he misses the mark on the kitchen of the future.

Walter Cronkite takes us on a tour of the “home of the future” in the CBS show The 21st Century … in 1967.

The predictions were pretty much spot-on, including window panes that can turn opaque or transparent at the press of the button.

In the first video, Cronkite tells of the smart home that lets you view the evening programs on the big screen … in 3D … and full color.

Home of the future

Then, taking us through the home office of the future, Cronkite demonstrates a console that provides “a summary of news relayed by satellite from all over the world,” and the same console can provide both weather and stock reports!

Home office of the future

The best thing about the office? The man of the house can work at home (while the wife is cooking and cleaning, presumably).

Speaking of cooking, Cronkite totally misses the mark on the kitchen of the future ….

kitchen of the future

[Via The Consumerist]





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Julie Jacobson, Editor-at-large, CE Pro
Julie Jacobson, recipient of the 2014 CEA TechHome Leadership Award, is co-founder of EH Publishing, producer of CE Pro, Electronic House, Commercial Integrator, Security Sales and other leading technology publications. She currently spends most of her time writing for CE Pro in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V and the business of home systems integration. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and has never taken a journalism class in her life. She's a washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player currently residing in Carlsbad, Calif. Follow her on Twitter @juliejacobson.

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