Smart Homes

Smart Home

My home is not very smart. It does not know when to start my coffee or how to clean the floor. It has difficulty distinguishing between a roaring grease fire and a steamy shower, which makes it a good thing it can't remember the number to call in an emergency. The only interaction I have with the house is when I must dance the Macarena with the motion detector to get my outside lights to come on.

What will be in the smart home of the future? These are my predictions for the home of the future. What are yours?

  • Waste elimination

  • Ultrasonic showers

  • House makes beds

  • Lighting creates artificial sunrise

  • Computer suggests clothing based on your taste, weather, etc.

  • Self washing, drying, and folding clothes

  • All surfaces are disinfecting and cleansing

  • Self-cleaning tabletop and dishes

  • Intelligent/adaptable fabrics and clothing

  • Printable homes

  • Self assembling homes

  • Earthquake proof homes

  • Windows and walls will allow adjustable amounts of sunlight, warmth or cold in.

  • Personalized ergonomics

  • Hanging house

  • Soundproof rooms and windows. Soundproof energy fields that you can walk through

  • Hidden computers, sensors, microphones and electronics throughout the house.

  • Central computer accepts voice commands, distinguishes between occupants for personalized responses and actions

  • Computer tracks movements, turns on/off lights, adjusts temperature, etc.

  • Computers, appliances, all electronics are networked and connected to the internet.

  • Monitor and control home appliances, computer, security from anywhere.

  • Interactive mirrors display the latest news, weather and traffic information

  • Wall size video and audio

  • See-through electronics, screens, touch panels, haptic displays

  • Computer lets you know when appliances need maintenance, can request repair dispatch.

  • Television, computer and phone merge into one device

  • All devices are connected

  • Walls, ceilings, (all other room surfaces) are digital screens. Can turn room into any environment with sounds and smells

  • Replicators

  • House keeps record of things that come in to and go out of the house. Thus things are never lost in the house

  • Computer recognizes footsteps or other biosigns for personalization

  • Window tint adjusts from opaque/dark at night to shades lighter as needed during the day, with voice command overrides as needed

  • Shape-shifting furniture

  • Movable furniture hides when not being used

  • Walls and fabrics that change color

  • Small environmental footprint

  • Generates its own energy

  • Vehicle refueling station, electric, hydrogen

  • Wireless recharging of mobile devices when at home

  • Recycled waste water

  • Green (plants) roofs

  • Roof of smart house uses artificial chlorophyll as an oxygen generator

  • Fast cooking - boil water in seconds, turkey in an hour

  • Recipe database

  • Robot/machine chef

  • Instant inventory of food, medications, supplies

  • House creates personalized diets

  • House can replenish your groceries by ordering online. Auto-restocking

  • Prepared food will be instantly teleported to the home and a universal credit card will be charged. The homeowner will simply specify with voice commands the specific food items requested

  • Virtual medicine. Doctors can treat you at home, from their office.

  • Home computer monitors your health through tiny, invisible, wireless wearable computing devices.

  • Cleaning robots

  • Personal robots

  • Nurse Robots

  • Pet robot

  • Biometric screening devices for secure entry

  • Automatic emergency response

  • Desktop nano-factories makes products at home

  • Virtual reality room (holodeck)

  • House retrieves the mail


Engineering the Smart Home

In creating the home of the future, engineers seek to understand what technologies are best suited for the home and how much technology its residents can tolerate.

Research is mainly being done in these areas:

Health - Monitoring your health, with emphasis on assisting the elderly.

Networking - Connecting occupants and everything else in the house together

Interfacing - You and technology living with each other in harmony.

Pervasive Computing - Tiny processing devices everywhere.

Environment - Reducing environmental impact.

Energy - Every home produces its own energy.

Robotics - Robot assisted living. Cleaners, caregivers and companions.


One way researchers test futuristic home ideas is to build a smart home, then invite people to live in it. Technologies for the smart home are being tested in living laboratories like these:


Aware Home

Gator Tech Smart House

The Drexel Smart House

CASAS Smart Home

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About Jack Hanson

Jack Hanson

Jack is not your typical future technology blogger. As an early baby boomer, he's lost a bit of his bang. Not intending to be cruel, Facebook recently notified him that his schoolmates at General Equivalency Diploma, really want to be friends again. His yearly income averages just above his monthly urges. In spite of that, or because of it, Jack has a lust for living, a thirst for knowledge and a strong desire to contribute to a better future for all.


A nerdy social misfit with a head full of phobias and a quirky sense of humor, his personality has been described as "Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory--without the genious part."


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