Take a look at the tech house of the future

October 20, 2017 2:58 pm

smart home

Have you ever imagined returning to your house after a long working day to find a robot greeting you at the door instead of your kids?

That’s a very possible scenario with technology becoming increasingly aligned with home design in the coming few years.

Quickly-evolving technology and tools and fast shifting design landscape make it very difficult to predict the future, because the design elements that will complement our lives in a 20 year-time probably don’t exist yet.

But a few experts have come up with a blueprint of how our future homes will be technologically enabled.

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 Medy Navani, Creative Director of Dubai-based architecture and design firm Design Haus Medy, gives top 3 predictions for the future of design:

1- Robots: Humans are getting more and more comfortable. They rarely take long walks and are always in search of an easier and shorter solution. They spend a significant amount of time in buildings and the demand for helpers will only increase in future. The solution is robotic and virtual assistants, who carry out whichever tasks requested of them. Smart homes will become a must. Nobody will switch on a light, set the AC or open the curtain manually in the future.

2- Glass: In the near future, glass will be the dominant material in daily use objects. Plastic buttons and aluminium frames will be replaced by intelligent glass surfaces. Partition gypsum walls will be replaced by huge touch screen glass panels, which can adopt any colour, screen or picture. Traditional wooden table surfaces will become a multifunctional glass surface operating like a computer.

3- Smooth surface materials: Resources will become exhausted in the future. The demand for artificially-created materials will increase, as they become more sleek and multifunctional. Beds won’t remain the same in the future, but will probably turn into a desk, cabinet or bath tub.

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4- Machine learning: When we look at Smart Home Technology in the next 10 – 15 years, technologies will become a cross-platform to provide complex decision-making solutions while increasing device capabilities. Machine learning will increasingly take on responsibilities, like predicting and automating important tasks that our daily lives comprise. From avoiding traffic on the drive home to the perfect settings to warm your home the moment you arrive, contemporary tasks will become seamless background tasks of the connected world. (Dan Roberts, Co-Founder of Scout, a next-generation home security system)

5- Efficient homes: Homes will be far more efficient in energy, water and utility consumption, as end point devices work together based on your habits vs. the cost of resource availability. Beyond appliances, homes will ask for maintenance checks for everything, from air filters and pool equipment to clogged gutters and foundation anomalies. Homes will also help occupants lead healthier lives via cleaner water and air as well as proactive analysis of waste via garbage, toilets and sewer. (Mike Yurochko, Co-Founder & CEO of Stringify, automation service for the Internet of Things)

6- Smart appliances: Smart homes just got smarter with news that Whirlpool’s new appliances will be compatible with Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant. It’s hard to imagine, but we’ll soon be asking our washing machine to do the laundry without lifting a finger. With IoT, their products can detect and communicate the need for repairs, even schedule appointments before an appliance breaks.  (Paul Whitelam, Group VP of Product Marketing at ClickSoftware, a company that offers automated mobile workforce management and service optimization solutions for enterprise and small businesses)

7- Home advertising: Advertising will have a central place in the smart homes, as brands have more opportunities and channels to reach their customers. Advertisers will acquire vast amounts of consumer data and use advanced machine-learning algorithms, in order to serve relevant, customized ads to users at appropriate times. We could have smart fridges that will recommend a new wine similar to the one you liked last time, then order it for you. Smart TVs could stream ads at appropriate times between scenes or when you take a break, instead of interrupting the viewing experience. (Roy Peleg, CEO & Co-Founder of FirstImpression.io, a platform that creates and monetize highly tailored custom ad products)

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Dana Halawi
By Dana Halawi
Senior Journalist
Dana Halawi has over seven years of experience in Journalism with articles published in multiple magazines and a newspaper in Lebanon. She specialized in Banking and Finance at the Lebanese American University and has a Master’s degree in International Affairs.