The Disney Channel original movie "Smart House," about a family that moves into a "house of the future" run by a built-in virtual assistant named Pat, was way ahead of its time.
When the movie came out in 1999, almost two decades ago, the world was still trying to figure out how to address the Y2K bug, and people didn't have most of the technology in their houses that we use today. There were no smart devices (let alone smartphones), dial-up modems were the norm, and candy-colored Apple desktop computers were all the rage. Sure, "Smart House" was a little far-fetched, but it did get some things right.
Here's all the technology from the 1999 movie "Smart House" that we have now, almost 20 years later.
Pat would prick your finger to learn your entire medical history, and she would figure out your diet based on your breath. So she knew a little too much.
Pat, played by Katey Sagal, is a smart assistant like Alexa or Google Home — though in the movie, the house is run through a control room and a circuit board instead of a speaker or a system of speakers. By the end of the movie, Pat could appear as a hologram. Thankfully, Alexa and Siri can't sneak up on us in the same way.
When asked about the current temperature, Pat responded, "Climate control on target at 72.5 degrees."
Google Home and Amazon Echo devices can broadcast your voice to other smart speakers connected in your house (except, of course, for the Echo or Home you're using to make the command).
Pat shuffles through the contestants to choose a winner for the house similar to the way today's smart assistants can be asked to make decisions: by flipping a coin, rolling a die, playing rock-paper-scissors, choosing a number, and so on.
Today's pet tech includes automatic feeders, games of fetch for your dog, laser pointers for your cat, and even treadmills or exercise wheels.
And there are plenty of motion-controlled video games with full-body interactivity.
Though when you're playing sports on a Wii console, there's not a physical ball that disappears into a wall and appears on the other side. Because that's magic.
Today's smart homes can clean your floors without making you lift a finger.
Our floors might not absorb liquids (or solids), but robot vacuum cleaners can take care of crumbs and dust.
These days, though, the locks are controlled by you and (spoiler alert) not designed to hold people hostage the way Pat did before realizing that not being human meant she could never be the kids' mother.