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Smart HomeMy 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?

Predictions made by visitors to Future For All are in Green

Bathroom

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Waste elimination

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Ultrasonic showers

Bedroom

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House makes beds

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Lighting creates artificial sunrise

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

Cleaning

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Self washing, drying, and folding clothes

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All surfaces are disinfecting and cleansing

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Self-cleaning tabletop and dishes

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Intelligent/adaptable fabrics and clothing

Construction

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Printable homes

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Self assembling homes

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Earthquake proof homes

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

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Personalized ergonomics

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Hanging house

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

Computer/Electronics

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

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

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

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

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

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Interactive mirrors display the latest news, weather and traffic information

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Wall size video and audio

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

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

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Television, computer and phone merge into one device

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All devices are connected

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

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Replicators

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

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Computer recognizes footsteps or other biosigns for personalization

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

Decor

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Shape-shifting furniture

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Movable furniture hides when not being used

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Walls and fabrics that change color

Energy

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Small environmental footprint

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Generates its own energy

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Vehicle refueling station, electric, hydrogen

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Wireless recharging of mobile devices when at home

Environment

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Recycled waste water

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Green (plants) roofs

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Roof of smart house uses artificial chlorophyll as an oxygen generator

Kitchen

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

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Recipe database

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Robot/machine chef

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Instant inventory of food, medications, supplies

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House creates personalized diets

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

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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

Medical

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

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

Robotics

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Cleaning robots

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Personal robots

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Nurse Robots

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Pet robot

Security

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Biometric screening devices for secure entry

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Automatic emergency response

Other

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Desktop nano-factories makes products at home

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Virtual reality room (holodeck)

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House retrieves the mail

Thanks to all that have sent in predictions! Send yours below.

FAB TREE HAB

symbiotic home concept

 

Image courtesy of Mitchell Joachim

This symbiotic home concept proposes a method to grow life sustaining homes from native trees.  It is one of many futuristic and environmentally friendly designs that can be found at terreform.org.

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:

Philips Experience Lab

PlaceLab

Aware Home

Smart Home Dorm Opens Its Doors

Gator Tech Smart House

The Drexel Smart House

CASAS Smart Home

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Future Home Articles, Blogs and Web Sites

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Future Home Technology Articles
Title Source Date
Smart Home Service Samsung 04/14
At CES 2014, Smart Appliances LG 01/14
Your home could soon be like the Jetsons Phys.Org 01/14
Autofamily House brings out your inner Bruce Wayne Gizmag 10/13
"Smart" micro student houses set to go ahead in Sweden Gizmag 09/13
Innovations at the fair: Home of the Future Star Tribune 08/13
10 Homes of the Future...Today How Stuff Works 08/13
Honey, I'm Dome…Strange Homes of the Future Yahoo Finance 07/13
Smart home security device gets even smarter over time PhysOrg 07/13
Top Shelf 017: inside the home of the future The Verge 07/13
Awesome Stuff: The Future Is Finally Coming To Home Automation TechDirt 06/13
20 Gadgets From Your Future Home Brit+Co 01/13
A Glimpse of Home Building's Future WSJ 01/13
What The Home Of The Future Will Look Like Business Insider 01/13
Helping to build the home of the future TG Daily 11/12
Technology in the home of the future Telegraph 08/12
This Is What Your Future Home Might Look Like Mashable 04/12
The five technologies that will transform homes of the future ARS Techica 03/12
Smart internet will help manage your home and life by 2027 Plusnet 02/12
'Roll it' turns compact housing on its head Gizmag 07/11
Talking to the Wall Technology Review 06/11
Buildings Made with a Printer Technology Review 04/11
LAVA's Home Of The Future Is A Neon, Geodesic Plant-Filled Bubble Inhabitat 03/11
The "Smart Home" Is Finally Here, Says One Expert CBS News 01/11
Latest in technologies will be part of sustainable smart home IFP 06/10
Smart homes to tell you if elderly relative has had a fall Daily Mail 06/10
Intel: Envisioning Visualizations in the Home of the Future infosthetics 05/10
Your Future Home's Roof Will Be Eco-Friendly Too Fast Company 10/09
Tricked-Out Inflatable House Provides Instant Survival Wired Science 11/08
A peek inside the homes of the future CNN 10/08
Organic dye lets window panes harvest the Sun New Scientist 07/08
Is there a smart home in your future? CNET 08/07
Chasing a Habitable Home of the Future NPR 05/06
Bendable Concrete University of Michigan 05/05

 

Future Home Technology Web Sites and Blogs
Title Description
10 Amazing homes of the future Dayo Ibitoye's Blog
Built Green Green home building program
Connected Home World Looking at today's and tomorrow's digital home technologies
Counter Intelligence MIT Media Lab
Future of Housing Hub The Guardian
Heat reactive paint Alsa Corp.
Home of the future Wikipedia
How Smart Homes Work How Stuff Works
Interactive Architecture InteractiveArchitecture.org
Microsoft's Home of the Future: A Visual Tour CIO
Monsanto House of the Future Yesterland
Reinventing the Home Appliance Microsoft
SmartHome ABC News
Smart Home: Green + Wired Museum of Science and Industry (Chicago)
The Home Of The Future: What It Looks Like Mixed Interest

 

Multimedia
Description Sources
Advanced Neighbourhood (futuristic architecture artwork) MocoLoco
Future Home Displays Comforts of Tomorrow YouTube
Future Kitchen Flickr
Future Kitchen Flickr
GE future concept for kitchen YouTube
German Version for a House of the Future – Dupli casa Design Rulz
H-P's Home of the Future YouTube
Home of the Future BellSouth
Home of the future infographic Blu Homes
Homes of the Future TN24H
House of 2027 Image
Inside Microsoft's Future Home YouTube
Kitchen of the Future YouTube
Microsoft's Future Vision in HD Windows Home Concept YouTube
Smart windows YouTube
Sony House of the Future: Select Reviews YouTube
South Korea's home of the future YouTube
Top Shelf 017: inside the home of the future The Verge
What does the home of the future look like? (mainly about Digital Rights Management and downloading movie content in the future) BBC News

 

References
Article Sources
Smart Home Article by ffa
Image licensed from istock
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