Welcome to the Living Room of the Future

You've no doubt dreamed about the living room of the future. Ever since the advent of the TV—or the radio—images of friends and families gathered around the home entertainment systems of tomorrow have been flying at you in fiction. Wall-spanning TVs, virtual reality goggles, computerized assistants that respond to your every whim—all totally fathomable yet just beyond reach.

But so much of it is already here. Gigantic, flat screens that are thin enough to hang like pictures. Tiny, touchscreen supercomputers that are ever present in our pockets. TV and movies on demand with just a few presses of a button, no pesky rental stores or rewinding required. And that's not the end of it all—not by a longshot. So many of the pieces are in place, but the future is about how they come together.

At Gizmodo's Home of the Future, which opens on May 17 in New York City, we're going to speed up time, take all the fantastic futuristic pieces we have, and put them together as if tomorrow's already here.

Welcome to the Living Room of the Future

Like any respectable modern-day living room, the living room of the future will revolve around big, beautiful screens. And Gizmodo's living room of the future is no exception. HD is old-school, and 4K UHD is on its way, whether it be in the form of Samsung's curved UHD 4K HU9000, which sits like a miniature IMAX, or a Sharp's Aquos Q+ TV, which uses innovative pixel-splitting tech to bring giant 80-inch screens of better-than-HD beauty to your living room at prices that won't require a second mortgage. And eye-blastingly high resolutions are bound for your desktop, too, with monitors like Dell's UltraSharp.

Of course, all those screens are no good without electronic brains behind them to push their pixels. We don't have a Star Trek computer yet, but we do have a pre-built Origin Genesis PC with the a quartet of Nvidia graphics cards fit to fire off 4K graphics that can knock your socks off, and the Xbox One which is not only just a game-box but a cohesive living room hub with an attentive ear listening for your every command.

That's only the tip of the futuristic living room iceberg, just a taste of the toys Gizmodo's post-present Home will have in store. There's also a bedroom too exciting just to sleep in, a kitchen stocked with tasty technological toys, and more. So if you happen to be in SoHo between May 17 and May 21, you can see and touch and play with these future toys, before they inevitably make it into your living room in the years to come.

Welcome to the Living Room of the Future

The Basics

Dates: 05/17/2014–05/21/2014

Location: 268 Mulberry Street, near Houston Street in SoHo. Nearest subway: Broadway-Lafayette.

Hours: 11:00 am to late. The Gizmodo gang will be working on-site all week—with super-fast wifi, on snazzy furniture—and we'll be hosting events every night. Check back for more information on how to RSVP.

Cost: Free!


For all media inquiries regarding the Gizmodo Home of the Future, please contact Patrick Kowalczyk at patrick@pkpr.com.