When we look at the way folks from the past thought we would be living in 2017, it’s quite funny. We’re not all whizzing round in flying machines or have personal robots in every home – well, not yet anyway. However, the ‘internet of things’ is becoming increasingly popular in our homes and self-driving vehicles are already on our roads. So, what do we think our homes will be like one hundred years from now? Will we all be living in underground sustainable ecopods, underwater or even in floating homes in space?
#1 Self-Cleaning Rooms
For those of us who loathe housework, this will come as a real blessing. Imagine a house that had the ability to clean itself? Already on the market is self-cleaning glass so maybe we’re not too far away from a reality where household chores are a thing of the past. Self-cleaning kitchens and bathrooms would be the most useful – especially a toilet that could take care of its own sanitizing needs!
#2 Digital Wallpaper
Change your décor as often as you want at the simple touch of a button. That’s what digital wallpaper could do for our homes, revolutionize the way we decorate. All we would need to do is download a color scheme or pattern and update our interior design. Alternatively, turn a whole wall into a huge 3D cinema screen!
The future will undoubtedly see depleted energy resources so most homes will have solar-panel roofing. These panels will make energy, regulate the home’s temperature and heat rainwater collected along the panels. Imagine if the very walls of the property could change color to maximise on the weather conditions and help keep the house cool in the summer and warm and bright on dull days.
#4 Health Scanner
Homes could be fitted with an auto-scanning device when you enter, to check for any warning signs of illness. This could either scare you to death or be the ideal way to treat illness and injury without the need for health professionals. A clever device like this could be equipped to medicate and even perform routine surgery when it detects an issue with your implanted diagnostic microchip. Sounds like the start of a sci-fi movie!
No home of the future is complete with its own personal robot. Forget the scary movies, house robots will probably just be more like housekeepers. Imagine all the onerous chores we can pass on – taking the trash out, cooking, doing the dishes, laundry etc. Let’s just hope they don’t become self-aware any time soon!
#6 Virtual Office
With the need to avoid the endless congestion of self-driving vehicles, many more people will be working from home. Meetings can be conducted via virtual reality and protecting confidential information will be made possible through retina/fingerprint scanning. With no commute and a robot bringing us coffee, imagine how much work we’ll get done! Normal office working hours will no longer apply and we can choose when to log in at any hour of the day or night.
#7 Home Entertainment
The systems of the future will astound us. Think augmented, virtual and mediated reality, think interactive movies and TV shows. Choose your sensory setting, ultra-in your face or a little more relaxed. Imagine screens taking up the entire wall space showing everything in 3D at the blink of an eye. Home entertainment will become a great deal more immersive than it is today and be an active experience as opposed to a passive one.
#8 Sleep Chambers
With so much sensory stimulus, people who find it difficult to sleep can install a sensory deprivation chamber in their homes. Future technology will allow people to create personalized medication and special sleep chambers where the over-stimulated can unwind and get a good night’s sleep. These chambers might be enclosed, water tanks which are used presently as a form of meditation and therapy.
All this advanced technology will need to be kept safe under lock and key, so home security will likely remain big business. Outside security cameras will operate a facial recognition system with security company or police alerted if an unrecognised face tries to gain entry to the property.
Older home owners and those with limited mobility will find it much easier to move around the house and between floors with the introduction of moving walkways, escalators and lifts seen as much more commonplace in homes of the future. For homes with toddlers and young children, child-proofing measures can be programmed in so that different areas can be sealed off until it is deemed safe to leave them fully accessible.
#11 Energy Conservation
All our high-tech gadgets of the future will have been designed with energy conservation at the forefront. If you decide to let the robot have a night off and feel like cooking yourself then you’ll likely be cooking on an induction hob. These are available now and could be the future of cooking. They create heat directly into the base of the pan, only switch on when the pan is placed directly on the hob and ensure that zero energy is lost.
#12 Moveable Walls
Last but not least, can you imagine a home that consists of malleable skin with built-in sensors? This would enable your home to change shape and size so you could rearrange the way the rooms are laid out and divide space into different uses. Next, imagine doing this remotely while you travel home via automated vehicle! 3D printing your own furniture or downloading your next choice of décor while your house redesigns itself.