State Fair Showcases Home of Tomorrow

Exhibit marks only third appearance at fair

by Bruce Felps

The centennial edition of the State Fair of Texas — that would be 1936 — included an exhibit called The Home of Tomorrow.

We still probably don’t have some of those things, and others we’ve taken for granted for years or discarded as obsolete.

The second Home of Tomorrow display took place during the 2000 State Fair, and the third opened Friday with the fair and runs through Oct. 23.

This year’s installment includes gizmos and gadgets that control heating and cooling systems or the lights in a house from remote locations. Wait, we already have that. It also showcases net-zero energy homes that generate enough power to, uh, power the home and have some left over to sell back to the utility company. OK now, we have that already, too.

If all this stuff exists, then it’s The Home of Today at best, maybe The Home of Yesterday based on a given technology standard that might be surpassed by now.

Come to think of it, both of the earlier exhibits had to include real products that could perform real tasks — unless they involved some sort of animated displays — so the technology was available to the public market providing, of course, everyday people could afford it.


Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He doesn’t care so much about the home of the future but he still wants a flying convertible like Luke had in the first-fourth “StarWars” movie.

The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of NBC, NBC 5, or its employees.

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