Time Warner Cable has a clear concept of what its ideal home of the future will look like. You probably couldn’t afford such a home — not at New York prices — but it costs nothing to look. Time Warner Cable opened the doors to its Home to the Future exhibit at its parent company’s corporate home in New York City’s Columbus Circle on Jan. 17, and since then New Yorkers and tourists alike have been welcomed as guests at the showcase of cutting-edge technologies.
The interactive four-story installation, designed by Edwin Schlossberg (better known in some circles as Caroline Kennedy’s husband), is expected to attract almost 1 million visitors during its three-week run. Nearly one mile of cable was used to wire the exhibit, which includes more than 50 screens and televisions and integrates Time Warner Cable’s digital technologies into an Ikea-style home.
The parents’ bedroom, for instance, features Time Warner Cable digital video — including video on demand, high-definition programming, digital video recorder and interactive TV polling on the company’s local news channel, NY1 — plus digital phone and Road Runner high-speed Internet.
"Digital Edge" displays on the perimeter of the exhibit feature content from Time Warner Cable’s corporate siblings AOL Video, In2TV (the Web video channel from Warner Bros. and AOL), Time Inc. and Turner Broadcasting.
A companion website (www.hometothefuture.com) highlights Time Warner’s commitment to the New York City area.