It’s pretty amazing to see some of the futuristic homes like those in future or sci-fi movies, but for most of us, it’s hard to imagine that technology may soon exist in our own homes. It has been said that the future is here already, just not very well distributed. Modern technology has advanced to the point where we can now control our TVs, lights, doors and even our thermostats from our smartphones, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
As far back as 1956, MIT researchers tested plastic homes, while Goodyear researchers worked on air-bubble domiciles a few decades later. Neither one panned out, but great advances in technical homes have been made.
Here are a few cutting-edge technologies that we’re likely to see in homes of the future
Carl can pick-up items, tidy up around the house, operate various machines and even serve drinks to guests while conducting short conversations with them. Commercial distribution of such a robot seems to be quite a few years away so housecleaners and bartenders can probably be confident in their jobs for now.
In newer toilets, a dryer also starts up, wafting warm air up towards your bottom, which could cut down the use of toilet paper (if not create a new market for chap-stick!…). More features include heated seats, built-in deodorisers, self-flushing and lids that raise and lower automatically, something many women find especially appealing. But all this exists already. The future toilets are already in development in Japan and will be able to perform analysis of urine and stool to determine health or suggest a better diet…. can’t wait.
In the not too distant future, you’ll be able to start preheating the oven before you get home, and as you walk through the door, the glass of cold water is being prepared by the fridge. Beyond these conveniences, our appliances will be able to track our usage patterns and provide information to companies about those patterns which can help improve the products and could also be used by advertisers.
Did you ever wonder why your car will tell you when the oil or gas is low, but the appliances that keep your home running safely don’t? In the future home, there will be a system that tracks a home’s energy consumption, associated costs and carbon footprint by the minute, in order to allow homeowners to better manage their usage.
It could inform you when you’re going over budget on utilities for the month, or tell you when you need to upgrade or when maintenance is needed, to avoid costly repairs. Power tracking will optimise efficient use of energy in the whole home.
Closed and Private Networks
Your phone is designed to use an active internet connection and more and more devices are including this feature. In the future home, the home will have it’s own private network connecting your devices to your smartphone or watch or … implant?
This ties in directly with a personal home security systems used with a private network. Facial scanning or even heartbeat recognition could allow homeowners keyless entry into the home or network. A CCTV monitoring system would allow them to patch in remotely and check on their home and belongings while away on holiday.
You could even remotely activate an emergency alert to notify authorities of an intruder – but you could also mess with them, or your house sitters, by sending messages to your smart devices like, turning the stereo on to 10, closing and opening various doors and flashing the lights. Surely loads of fun on Halloween!