At it's Redmond site, Microsoft has installed a full-scale model 'Home of the Future'.

It may seem like science fiction -- at least a mid-1980s version of science fiction -- but its interactive and automated systems may be close to reality. Here's a virtual tour of The Microsoft Home, where nearly every wall and table is a digital device.

Enter the future here

This is the entrance to Microsoft's model home of the future. The doors open to Microsoft's vision of what our humble abodes may look like in the not-so-distant future, where natural user interfaces on walls and countertops use technologies such as sensors, light-emitting diodes, gestures, multitouch, voice and 3D to transform the way we live.

A decorative tray with a brain

In the hallway, a decorative tray charges devices like smartphones and watches and displays information like the time, temperature and battery life. But it goes deeper than that. Here a smart watch is placed on the tray to upload details of a recent workout, automatically synching to a personal Microsoft HealthVault account for heart rate, mileage, calories burned, and information from other devices you may be wearing.

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