[In Pictures: 10 Great Companies That Lost Their Edge.]
Electronics Miles of communication cable, largely fiber optic, run throughout the house, linking computer servers powered by the Windows NT operating system. In each room, touch-sensitive pads control lighting, music, and climate. Visitors will wear small electronic pins, which will let the computers know who and where they are. Lights and other settings will adjust automatically. Floors throughout the house (and the driveway) are heated.
Note: Measurements are rounded; some are approximated. Sources: City of Medina, King County Dept. of Assessment, Microsoft Corp.; The Road Ahead by Bill Gates Compiled by Robert Kemp and Richard Folkers