The future home is something that people have talked about for
decades. And, because the future home concept tickles our imagination,
scientists and engineers have been working hard to develop different
systems to make houses "smarter." In the paragraphs
below I will outlines some of the technology for future homes
that is either in development or already on the market.
Video camera at entrance identifies visitors using facial recognition
software. The facial recognition software of the future home will
not only identify friends, but strangers as well. And the software
in your future home will run the strangers face against a database
of criminals and terrorists.
Toilets of the future will not only be heated, void of toilet paper,
have a pleasing cleansing of the behind, but will also analyze stool
samples for medical problems such as colon cancer and urine samples
for teenage drug use or pregnancy issues.
Remote monitoring of the future home is already here, but also
on your PDA or other handheld device you'll be able to manually
override your future smart home's systems on the fly. Unexpected
guests arriving, well, start that air conditioning early or open
the door when the video facial recognition software detects their
The future home will run off solar panels, wind turbines or both.
Backup batteries may be used or an electrolyzer, compressed hydrogen
and a fuel cell may also be used as backup power. Extra hydrogen
and electricity will be produced and stored so you can fuel up and
recharge your hydrogen fuel cell plug-in hybrid electric car, which
is the future car you'll most likely
The future home will also have smart appliances as well. Ovens,
microwaves and refrigerators will be combined and automated so remote
cooking will be a possibility so meals are prepared for one's arrival.
Think this is science fiction. Check out the TMIO kitchen appliances
for a start.
Future homes will also have refrigerators that will download recipes
based upon what it is stocked with and what is in your pantry. The
recipes will then be forwarded to you. In the home of the future,
the refrigerator will also take inventory of all food supplies in
the home and alert you when you're running out. The refrig may also
be programmed to contact the local supermarket to drop off the needed
Future homes will also be very energy efficient. Microsoft, Google
and others are now working on applications that tie into the smart
grid for individual home so that you will be able to visually see
and track which appliances use the most electricity, where heating
and cooling is escaping in from one's home and how you can produce
more energy with your solar panels or wind turbines.
In the future home there will be a vast neural networking system
connecting all appliances, TV's, PC's, video, security and remote
handheld or Bluetooth-type devices. There will also be other green
systems in place such as saving, purifying and reusing wash water
and bath water. Plants and people may receive pure or mineralized
Speech recognition will be far superior to Dragon Naturally Speaking
or other programs and applied to this network. Besides facial recognition
software, your future home may also combine speech recognition software,
hand or fingerprint scanning or a combination of these security
In the future home, high definition television
and PC will be combined so that one can access the Internet
and watch one's favorite programs at the same time.
One will easily be able to chat over social media about a television
show that both or multiple parties are watching in real time.
Smart showers will not only be able to recycle water, but will
be able to store individual profiles for each member of the family
according to preferences and patterns of usage. One member may take
long baths while another short showers. Automated soap and shampoo
dispensing for male or female will be programmed in. Water temperature
and pressure settings can also be individualized.
In the future home, the smart bathroom will also be able to take
inventory of such items as toilet paper, shampoo, soap, hand soap,
and other toiletries and then automatically either remind or reorder
the items as desired.
Since future homes will have advanced network systems, self-diagnostics
will also be a critical feature. If one part of the network or peripherals
is malfunctioning or needs repair, the owner will be notified or
else and automated repair order will go out. Self-healing of many
software problems will occur in the future home as patches or workarounds
can be download or remote support enabled.
If you think this future home concept is pie in the sky or science
fiction, then think again. Most of the systems outlined
here are either in development or already out on the market.
Future homes may not be standard yet for the middle class
but this isn't as far ahead as many people would think.
Written by Kevin Lepton