BRUSSELS, Belgium – Have you ever dreamed of living in a home that automatically could sense which groceries needed to be replenished and then order them from the store, or could warm up the shower before you stepped out of bed?
That dream may be closer to reality than you think. A company founded by a Belgian entrepreneur is showcasing the house of the future — today.
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Living Tomorrow, which specializes in high-tech consumer goods and design, is exhibiting its "House of the Future" in Vilvoorde, a suburb of Brussels.
"We're quite confident this is pretty much what the future can be," said Peter Bongers, the co-founder and chief executive of Living Tomorrow.
Bongers brought together companies eager to show off their high-tech innovations and provided the perfect setting with his high-design museum.
On display to the public since last year, the house is tucked away on a side street and already has had more than 1.5 million visitors.
Features of the house include a mattress that gently nudges you out of bed, a mirror that displays weight and other medical information and the climate-controlled Wellness Cocoon — a seating area pumped full of oxygen where kids can play games and watch TV.
The house isn't just great to look at: It's green, too.
Bongers said the house consumes one-half of what a comparable building would use.
All this comes with a price tag of $30 million — just for the demo model.
This is the fourth "House of the Future" for the company, who have exhibited twice previously in Vilvoorde and once in Amsterdam.
New houses are created every five years to showcase the most up-to-date prototypes in categories such as health, office and kitchen appliances.
Interest must be catching on. Next year Bongers plans to open a fifth House of the Future in the U.S.
Located in San Jose, Calif., the American House of the Future will be a 40,000-square-foot project expected to cost $53 million — funded by companies wishing to showcase their new products.
On display will be the latest products from technology giants such as Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard.
Despite the attractive looks of this high-tech stunner, some visitors doubt that all the home's features are practical.
But for those worried about where innovation actually will meet with function, consider this: The first edition of this "House" raised eyebrows with its features, such as a computer at home.
FOX News correspondent Greg Palkot and Elizabeth Downey contributed to this report.