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11-1 Homes of the future -- today

Future Feature 11: Soft fabric “Curtain Walls” that can be drawn up to completely open up the house to the outside
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Why settle for a tiny window when you could open up an entire wall to let sunlight and fresh air into your home? Team Austria’s LISI house - which was crowned the winner of the 2013 Solar Decathlon - opens up to the outdoors with two massive sliding glass walls.

Homes of the future -- today

[Yahoo Homes editor's note: Delighted by the popularity of our recent slideshow of tiny homes, Yahoo Homes and the excellent low-impact-living website Inhabitat are teaming up again -- this time to bring you this exclusive-to-Yahoo roundup of some of the most amazing "future features" that college visionaries worldwide have dreamed up for the Solar Decathlon. The biennial U.S. edition of the competition just ended in Irvine, California.]

Although we’re not living in the Jetsons’ world of flying cars and rocketship homes just yet, the future is here when it comes to innovations for the home that allow us to live better, easier, healthier lives.  

Every two years in the United States (and other years abroad), brilliant architecture and engineering students from around world build the houses of tomorrow, then show them off in the Solar Decathlon home design competition - and they’ve got futuristic features that will blow your mind. From a transforming house that splits in two, to houses that actually pay their owners, to furniture that pops up from the floor, read on for 15 next-gen features that could be coming soon to your home. | By Mike Chino, Inhabitat

Also on Yahoo Homes: Click here for videos that bring these home features to life.