The home has always been an important part of being human and over the years it has changed a lot with improvements to technology, inventions and how we choose to live. Today we will take a look at what to expect from our homes in the next 10 to 20 years.
Drone landing pads
Drone landing pads are already available to purchase for those enthusiasts who cannot wait until pizza delivery by drone (and everything else you order) become an everyday occurrence.
In fact Amazon has already received a patent for a personal drone landing pad that has a personal identification signal for drones to hone in and identify their drop off point, as well as a trap door that will allow the package to drop down into a storage area.
The patent also includes other potential add ons such as climate control, bird and animal deterrence as well as applications to power it via solar.
An additional patent has been granted for technology that would allow lampposts, steeples and cell towers, which could hold multiple drones and would allow for drones to automatically charge during long trips.
So it is not to far into the future that we will be facing a world without letter boxes but with drone landing pads instead.
Virtual Personal Assistant
Voice activated houses is possibly one of the coolest applications that will enter the home within the next decade. All major tech players are currently experimenting with AI assistants, what with the release of Amazon Echo, Apple Siri and Google Home, it is no surprise that this tech will soon be a common feature in every home.
Imagine being able to tell your home to open the curtains or turn off the lights, imagine waking up gently as your house slowly opens the blinds, allowing you to adjust to waking up, as opposed to a blaring alarm clock snapping you awake in an instant. More importantly your house will not be connected to your phone, so it will be able to communicate with you at any time. From advising you of visitors, to reminding you that you left the iron on and even turning it off for you, to preheating the oven before you arrive home.
The Tesla powerwall represents the change in battery design that has been holding us back from really embracing solar power. With the release of the powerwall it is now possible for private houses to remove themselves from the grid and to really make full use of solar power. With the rapidly falling cost of solar power, mostly impart due to the discovery of perskovite a new material that converts more sunlight into power and costs 1000 times cheaper than silicon solar panels, expect to see a lot more private residences installing powerwalls (or personal home batteries from competitors) and having less reliance on the grid.
Following on from the powerwall, we can expect a lot more houses to be personally creating their own electricity and water thanks to the clean energy revolution that we are currently embarking on. From solar panels, to wind, hydro to even incinerating our sewage, electric generators are being brought down to the single home level, meaning off grid living is becoming a lot simpler to achieve. Top it off with new technologies that can suck the humidity out of the air and turn it into potable water as well as living walls which can filter rainwater and even raw sewage to turn it into clean usable water, within the next 15 years we will have successfully been able to create self sufficient properties at the single home level.
From garden to table we will be able to have robotic farms manage our gardens, a fridge that can tell you exactly what items you have and order more when you need it, to the robotic chef that will prepare and cook your meal as well as doing the dishes afterwards, we are entering into a world of robotic appliances. This is being described as the internet of things as our houses and the appliances along with them all start to connect to the internet and become a lot smarter.
The internet of things is going to be a major game changer as it all comes down to sensors. In fact, experts are calling it the trillion sensor economy. Imagine a sensor in your toilet that can analyse your urine and tell the kitchen what to make you for breakfast. Sensors that know when you leave the house so to turn down the central heating to preserve electricity and to know when you are within a certain distance from home so that it can turn it back up again.
Households around the world are going to be implementing a slow but steady change over the next few decades as the world becomes more connected and we become more connected with technology.