If you have been surprised by the number of technological advances that you find in the home, you may also be wondering if it will continue.
Wi-Fi enabled appliances
We can already buy fridge freezers that can connect to the internet, but right now they are few and far between. I think that this accessibility will continue, and in about 10 years time, every new appliance will be connected to the world wide web.
I predict that we will be able to buy our shopping via our fridge freezers, we’ll be able to control our intruder alarms, and we could even order industrial roofing contractors when your office roof leaks.
Wouldn’t it be nice if our homes regulated the temperature? This is something I’m pretty much hoping for, as it could save a lot of work. It will also ensure that we don’t come home to a cold house in the winter, or one that is too warm in the summer. Ideally, there will be some sort of device that works out what the current temperature is, and adjusts the heat, or cool air accordingly. I know that current thermostats already do this to a degree, but I like to think future ones will get it spot on, and they won’t have to suddenly switch off when the room is too hot.
I predict that wearables will be a big part of our future. Not only will we wear them when we’re out and about, but we’ll wear them at home too, unless they’re being charged. Wearables could help us to control the microwave, the temperature of the home, the lighting, and even what happens to be on the television. Wearables already come in the form of watches that let us know when we receive an email, but I think this is just the beginning.
A home’s exterior
Right now, it’s very easy to tell new homes from old. Older homes have different coloured bricks, and they have higher ceilings and are generally colder. They look different from the outside for now, but I wonder if we’ll soon be able to do something about that. It would be nice to think that in a few years time, we can choose the style of the exterior, and indeed the interior of our home. Imagine, you could have an Edwardian-style home that’s less than a year old, but it’s been made to look exactly like Edwardian-style homes in your local area.
It’s actually quite hard to predict off the top of my head, what our homes will be like. It’s safe to say that robots won’t be a huge part of our home life, but machines are likely to help us do less housework. All we can do is wait and see what happens, what types of technology is developed, and whether it takes off.