The future truly is now. We live in the world of driverless cars, voice-controlled homes and an app to solve just about every problem you can think of. But according to experts, the technological revolution has only just begun, and the next decade will bring about even more changes.
We forecast what this shift toward technology will look like in your future home. From televisions to toilets – nothing will go unchanged.
Automation is here to stay
Get used to the monotones of Alexa and Siri, as they hold a firm place in our future. Experts predict that we will continue toward the automation trend over the next decade – so much so, that switches will be a thing of the past.
Lights, entertainment systems, air conditioners and everything you can imagine will be voice or motion activated. The future means our homes will be completely catered to functionality and comfort – and you’ll literally not have to lift a finger.
The old lounge room configuration revolving around the giant flat-screen will be phased out over the coming years. Communal watching will become a thing of the past as laptops and tablets become the preferred mode of watching our favourite shows.
The trend will lead to the creation of cosy spaces within the home (think reading nooks) where family members can hideaway to watch the latest episode of The Real Housewives of Mars. Thankfully, as we farewell communal TV watching we will also see the back of arguments over selfish spouses watching the latest episodes in secret.
Asian countries have been championing the smart toilet for years. Warm seats, targeted cleansing, vanity music – going to the bathroom in Japan or South Korea is like relieving yourself in the DeLorean. Smart toilets today are designed for comfort and hygiene but in the future, our porcelain thrones will play a vital role in our health and wellbeing.
Toilets will soon be able to measure everything from your weight to your vital signs, such as your blood pressure and blood sugar. They will also examine your waste to inform you of any underlying health issues and give you feedback on your diet.
It’s undeniable – our future will rely heavily on renewable energy, and our own homes will soon be completely self-sufficient and powered by green energy. With the looming climate disaster and the growing cost of powering our homes, we are going to need to start generating power of our own. Tesla has already created a battery that will allow a homeowner to store power created by solar panels.
Solar panels today might be considered unsightly, but in the future solar technology will be integrated into building materials, so they will blend seamlessly into the design of your home.
In the future, living arrangements have been envisioned as streamlined and compact to cater to our ever-expanding population, but experts believe that this may not be the case. With the movement away from 9-5 office hours, and technology allowing employees to work remotely, the need to live in city centres will be a thing of the past.
It’s also predicted that there will be a backlash against the cramped hustle and bustle that will continue to increase with our population, and city folk will migrate toward the country and its wide-open spaces.
Name a task and in the future, there will be a gadget to complete it – an automated laundry folder, a robot vacuum, an intelligent frypan and even a garbage scanner that adds the disposed of items to your shopping list! Some of the technology may seem a little unnecessary and ridiculous, but one thing is for sure – in the future, we’ll all have a lot of spare time on our hands.
Words by Nell Matzen