22 Bold Predictions of How Future Houses Will Look
Drone car? Are you serious?
The home of the future is looking increasingly smart. Someday soon, your refrigerator may tell you when your vegetables are going bad, your TV might inform you when you need to take your medicine, and your kids might be playing in the backyard with a robot.
“People are living longer, they’re working out of their homes, and want to age in their homes,” says James Canton, CEO of the Institute for Global Futures and author of Future Smart: Managing the Game-Changing Trends That Will Transform Your World. “Now you’re going to see a whole new generation of devices that are going to provide even more value and security.”
Most homes are already equipped with WiFi technology and the cellular service to use some of these innovations, Canton says. The technology is becoming more powerful and less expensive. People will just need the software and equipment. Here are some new devices you might one day have in your home:
GE Kitchen Hub
Courtesy GE Appliances
Home chefs will absolutely love this fully integrated kitchen smart hub. With a centrally located dashboard, this home automation device features a WiFi- and Bluetooth-enabled 27-inch touchscreen that’s situated right above your stove. Features include stovetop-facing cameras for your social media presence or cooking class videos, video calling, music streaming and the ability to watch Netflix while you cook. It can also be controlled with the voice-enabled assistant named Geneva. The hub also doubles as a functioning exhaust hood!
Aging Close to Loved Ones
Courtesy Wind River Tiny Homes
A granny pod (a general term, not a brand) sits in the yard of the main home where the caregiver lives. Care must be taken to make sure the locale permits a granny pod on an existing lot.
Tesla Solar Roof
It might not be a feature of your house but the road that leads to your house could be paved with solar power in the future. It could even be your driveway, too. The Netherlands created the world’s first solar road back in 2015 and it’s generating enough electricity to power a small household. In the U.S. Solar Roadways received crowdfunding for a project to power the entire country with solar-covered roads. The road in the Netherlands is made of glass, silicon rubber, and concrete. They’re strong enough to support 12-ton fire trucks.
Laundroid Laundry Folding Robot
No more folding laundry? Where do you sign up? The Laundroid will fold your laundry, for $16,000. Seven Dreamers, a tech company, created the Laundroid, which uses artificial intelligence to recognize a piece of clothing, folds it, and has it ready for you to wear. For more technology that can make household tasks easier, here are some smart appliances you can buy. That said, progress isn’t always positive. find out some ways technology can be detrimental to your health.
It’s pretty nice to sit around and let a robot vacuum the carpet for you but it’s just the beginning. You can already buy robots that mop, clean your pool, and feed your pets. Pretty soon they’ll all be connected to one device that you can set up a schedule so they’ll automatically do their task.
Doors That Will Recognize You
The door will automatically lock after you leave and open when you arrive when it scans your face. It will also allow a delivery person into your home to drop off packages while a robot can place your groceries and other goods precisely where they need to go after your refrigerator orders you more food. For more helpful devices, here are some really cool smart appliances that are worth every penny.
The concepts are already out there for a drone car. Italdesign and Airbus have revealed designs for a drone that converts into a car. And Boeing tested a prototype of a passenger air vehicle in January 2019. Then there’s a Filipino inventor who created a drone car. It doesn’t have wheels but it looks pretty awesome.