Technology is an inescapable part of the future for all of us and is already influencing the way we live, from transport through to communication. As industry and innovation become increasingly focused on consumer products that are driven by technology, our homes are likely to become more and more ‘smart.’ Home technology means much more responsive devices and features that can be controlled by a smart phone or wearables, such as a watch. If you’d like to know what that looks like then – as opposed to now – here’s a little glimpse and some of the predicted innovative home technology of the future:
The temperature changing mattress
In 2015, your most innovative and advanced mattresses are pocket sprung and maybe incorporate memory foam or hypoallergenic textiles but these are going to seem like some pretty basic features, when we get to the year 2030. Think a temperature changing mattress, that responds to conditions and to commands. This particular mattress allows either two people to dictate separate temperatures, and prevent couples from arguing, or allows you to have one constant temperature. View this amazing mattress here.
Double glazing, energy efficiency and aesthetics tend to define the options that we have for windows at home in 2015. However, as technology brings control of every aspect of our homes to our fingertips at the touch of a button, windows will be able to do so much more. For example, you’ll be able to control the amount of light coming into the room without getting out of bed via smart windows – this type of glazing is unique as its light transmission properties are altered when voltage, light or heat is applied.
Home security system
There are already options on the market that offer the opportunity to control security remotely from your smart phone but by 2030, automated home security is likely to be the norm rather than the exception. Being able to remotely activate a security camera, using motion detectors that trigger certain alerts and being able to lock or unlock doors from a distance are all likely to become commonplace. Voice activated interfaces and the ability to remotely trigger alarms will bring security far more within our individual control.
Malleable interactive cooking surface
In 2015, kitchens are divided into hob, preparation surface, drying area, sink etc. Come 2030, expect your kitchen surfaces to be fully integrated into one, savings space, time and effort. With just a single swipe of the hand you’ll be able to go from worktop, to dining table, to stove.
Fold away toilet
Toilet design hasn’t altered that much for decades but thanks to the application of technological minds, we’re starting to see much smarter waste disposal designs. Enter the fold away toilet, something that could be in every bathroom by 2030. This design is not only space saving but uses 50% less water too thanks to the moving bowl that is lifted up and powers the flush. Ingenious.