People have tried to imagine what life in the future would look like for centuries. Some of them were more, and some were less successful in doing so. There were predictions that humans will fly by tying hot-air balloons to their shoes; however, some people, like Jules Verne, predicted numerous things very correctly, like the invention of the submarine, the helicopter, and even the moon landing. We often tend to romanticize things; we often talk about ‘the good old days’ and remember our childhood as the most blissful period of our lives. To us, the future always seems dark and mysterious, and not entirely good or safe. However, now that technology has advanced and permeated our lives this much, we are able to make an educated guess as to what our future will be like. More specifically, we can try to predict what the homes of the future will look like, and how we will live in a few decades.
What is the home of the future?
It is hard to say exactly, but we can speculate some things about it. First and foremost, it is digitalized; the home is not only connected to a computer, but it also becomes the computer. Sophisticated digital systems underlying all aspects of your day to day life work together to make your life easier; you do not have to think about cleaning your house, setting the thermometer, heating up the water for your shower, or even preparing food –the smart home does it for you. You can sit back and relax, knowing that there is someone who does all the boring housework for you, while you have the time to recover from your hard day of work.
Does that not sound like a dream home? So without further ado, here are some of the functions that you can expect the home of the future to perform.
1. Smart thermostats
As we mentioned, one of the things that are usually very boring to do around the house is to make sure that the heating is working and that the temperature all around the house is high enough so that the inhabitants do not experience any health or other issues. There is a usual stereotype of dads spending years to get the temperature of the rooms just right, and instantly sensing in something is off with the thermometer. However, you do not need to worry about that anymore, as the new smart home will do the job for you. You can already find smart thermostats that regulate the temperature of the house or apartment on their own; they are also very energy efficient.
2. Smart lights
One of the downsides of contemporary homes is that they are not very friendly for the environment; this especially refers to lighting, because we often leave the lights on when there is no need for that, thus wasting valuable energy. Smart lights can help you fix that problem by sensing movement, and switching on or off accordingly, or they can even be programmed to do so, according to your own preferences; this way, you save yourself a lot of money, and you care for the environment at the same time.
3. Smart home security
One of the greatest issues with the homes of today, regardless of whether they are smart or not, is the safety and the security they provide. Now, people have a wide range of products to choose from in order to make their homes as safe as possible. These include smart cameras and locks, as well as alarm systems that can be remotely controlled and accessed from your phone.