Future homes will soon introduce themselves as smart, productive
houses, which will be energy efficient, well-groomed and hi-tech
in nature. With the ever increasing demand for energy and the
rising costs of generating this energy, future homes will now
lay path for conservation and regeneration of electricity. Age-old
appliances like window air conditioners will be a thing of the
Renewable home energy technology will
come in the foray, making the most of natural resources
like wind and sun to make homes their own power generation
The initial costs of the equipment might be high but it will
pay off multi-fold in the long run (and because of economies of
scale in production, prices for renewable home energy will come
down significantly as well).
Eco friendly materials like bamboo, straw and soil, instead of
synthetic materials will be in vogue. Solar energy, wind turbines,
hydrogen fuel cells, etc., will be energy powerhouses required
by these smart hi tech, future homes. More effort will be invested
in designing green houses for high energy efficiency rather than
working on aesthetics.
Future homes will symbolize colonies with robust technical interconnectivity.
Smart homes in the neighbourhood and community at large will be
connected via the Internet and will communicate automatically
in a pre-programmed manner with super markets and service agencies.
These future homes will drift farther away from crowded city
lines but will nevertheless be able to communicate to the cities
through their advanced connectivity. Security systems will be
highly evolved and will be controlled by the keys on the cellular
phones with advanced encryption.
Happening Now ...
Cell phones and home security cameras will not only be able to
take pictures but be loaded with facial recognition software as
well. Today, (not in the future), search giant Google has rolled
out software for people with cell phones to take pictures of store
fronts and get the history of the building.
Most of the appliances like refrigerators, microwave ovens, food
processors, etc., will be interlinked and will work smartly. The
storages in the kitchen will be programmed for desired stock levels
of bread, vegetables, grains, etc and will automatically trigger
an order to the local super market if the stock levels deplete
Future homes will also keep track of the expiration dates of
food items and prescription medicine and will set off alarms in
order to get them discarded or automatically refilled. In the
near future, some cooking chores will become a thing of the past
where machines which will toss your favorite salad or bake for
you, your favorite bread with pre-designed recipes.
This will still require some upfront
setup on your part, however. Technology in the future smart
home will also require some upfront setup in order to thereafter
work automatically and self-monitor.
Carpets, flooring, furniture and linens will all be efficient
at cleaning themselves or there will be vacuum cleaners which
operate independently at their specific times (advanced models
of those robotic ones already available). Most of these appliances
will operate on speech recognition systems providing maximum comfort
The most important makeover will be with the advent of nanotechnology
and robotics. From Nano utensils that would get cleaned automatically
after use to Nano paints which will adorn the homes, Nano products
would actually signify a transformational technology.
Through the use of nanotechnology, robotics and automation, you
could in-fact even change the colors of your walls depending on
what appeals to your eyes each day or matching the flowers in
your vase, or trying out different looks that you've seen in an
online home decor magazine. Nanotechnology will bring the most
radical shift in the way we perceive things being done.
Do the Chores, Robot!
Robotics will also simplify lives in future homes, doing chores
automatically without repeating one's desires. The downside is
that children will need to be given different chores to do as
part of their education in taking on ever increasing levels of
responsibility around the house.
In all, future homes will be more about comfort, convenience,
energy efficiency, automation and communication that will be introduced
by the super intelligent, technological advancements. Man's urge
for added comfort, power, time-saving, security and scintillating
experiments by his creative brain, will bring himself the most
advanced future homes, making today's houses nothing but primitive
caves by comparison. People will still question out loud, however,
"How did we ever live without that?"