It’s five o’clock in the morning. The alarm beeps to life and a soft female voice with an American accent comes over the speakers. “I’m waking you 30 minutes early because heavy rain has developed delaying traffic to the airport. I changed your shuttle reservation to 5.30. Here’s the light rock you requested.”
Welcome to the future, as envisioned by Hewlett-Packard in its CoolTown project. The £7m centre in Wokingham, Berkshire, UK, is designed to showcase a digital lifestyle, with appliances that fulfil our wants and needs.