When asked to imagine what a typical house will look like in the future, many conjure images from shows like The Jetsons, with homes perched on tall poles and containing a robot maid. Well, poles aren’t likely to support the homes of our future grandchildren, but the robot may not be out of the question.
We are already beginning to see signs that the future has arrived, and it begins with our increased reliance on technology, and even robots. The Roomba vacuum, for example, has been a popular household item for many years. It’s only a matter of time before things such as ovens automatically clean themselves when they sense a mess, and know how long to cook a meal with little guidance.
One of the newest and most popular trends in technology is the concept of automating several entertainment sources, such as a television or stereo, with one device, like a laptop or smartphone. Taking this a step further, the majority of household items will one day be controlled by your phone. Everything from the thermostat, lights, and stove to simple things like window blinds will one day be monitored and controlled by you and your smartphone. Even more impressive, these items will communicate with one another. If you decide to activate your central air as you leave the office, you will be denied this request if, for example, a window has been left open.
Not all changes will be for pure entertainment or convenience, as there will be many practical improvements to protect the home and the environment. An increasing number of houses have already been furnished with solar panels in order to reduce the use of gas and oil. Other self-sustaining measures, such as wind power and rain water purification will likely become the norm as fossil fuels and clean water become increasingly scarce.
Over the years, a growing number of dangerous storms have brought the need to safeguard homes to a new level. Designers are researching materials that can better withstand tornadoes, hurricanes, and the like. An even more effective option is the concept of freely moving the home altogether. Some have come up with homes that will move underground, while others will simply fly to another location out of the path of the storm.
The internet age is here to stay and will continue to bring new advances that were once unheard of, making our lives easier, safer, and better for the environment.