What would your ideal home of the future look like? Perhaps you would have a robo-butler on hand to conveniently hang up your jacket as you stroll through the door? Or maybe your garden will water itself? As technology marches forward, it’s possible to envision a convenient, efficient future for the typical household.
A Modern Revolution
Klaus Schwab, founder of the World Economic Forum, reckons that we are now standing at the brink of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. He argues that the first revolution refers to the use of water and steam power, the second to the use of electricity, and the third to the use of computing and electronics. The fourth revolution is now in the process of changing the world around us, using digital technology to fuse the barriers between the physical and digital sectors. This is what will drive smart homes of the future; the congruence of the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence.
Future home technology
In the near future, home technology will be personalised according to our unique needs and preferences. Smart homes will be equipped with sensors and hooked up to digital networks to enable us to better interact with our environment. This could mean everything from voice-activated appliances to automatic temperature adjustments. From a purely aesthetic point of view, homes of the future will feature sleek, organic lines more in keeping with the natural world. This mirrors the growing trend for environmentally friendly home technology. In twenty years, homes could be fully sustainable with the use of built-in solar panels and renewable materials like fungus, which is poised to become the new plastic.
Beneficial features of smart homes
Many homes already offer some degree of smart home technology like the Nest smart thermostat or Phillips Hue lighting control. In the smart homes of the future, this will be taken to the next level by including artificial intelligence. Devices will not only be able to use sensors to detect changes in the environment, but they could then use inbuilt machine learning to tailor their services directly to your activity patterns. A smart refrigerator will be able to automatically order a fresh pint of milk when the current one is about to spoil.
Case Study: Apartimentum
We can also speculate about homes of the future by examining projects like Apartimentum, designed by Lars Hinrichs. This modern Hamburg dwelling is set within a 1908 facade, which gives no indication of the technical features hidden within its 20 rental apartments. Many functions are controlled by smartphone including the front door and elevator. Electricity and temperature are also controlled by an app and residents benefit from a biologically driven lighting scheme. Naturally, this smart home features high-tech appliances such as a washing machine which makes automatic adjustments based on weight and material of your load.
It’s impossible to predict all of the bells and whistles that one could expect from future home technology, but current signs point to a seamless blurring of the lines between biological forms and artificial intelligence. There’s no doubt that these smart homes of the future will offer a high level of convenience, and in the meantime you can contact us to rent forward thinking properties such as Apartimentum.