By Kaitlin Krull
Twenty-first-century life is dictated by technology in practically every way. From industry to education, from science to the arts, it’s ever present. One of the most fascinating things about technology is that it is always developing—and home technology is no different. By the time we wrap our minds around the latest gadgets and products for our homes, scientific advancements change the game.
One of the most fascinating things about technology is that it is always developing—and home technology is no different.
Although we can’t predict the future, over at Modernize we have a few ideas as to how exactly home technology is going to alter the course of our lives and change the future.
Generations to come will never know a world without the Internet and constant connectivity. Current home technology products such as WiFi and Bluetooth are commonplace in virtually all developed countries, and these technologies are only going to expand and improve. By the time we have retired, connectivity will not be an issue for anyone. All of our home electronics (and appliances, and machinery) will be linked all the time, anywhere, automatically.
Home automation is something that most of us thought was only possible in cartoons like the Jetsons, but it’s now a reality for many homes already. A thing of the present rather than the future, smart home automation technologies allow virtually your entire home to be controlled remotely via panels, smartphones, and other devices. As connectivity increases, these devices will be standard in new homes and markedly improved in time.
Most people would argue that the point of technology is to make life simpler. While millennials are criticized for wanting everything to be available to them instantly, technology is really to blame here. Smartphone apps in particular, give us the opportunity to learn, communicate, purchase, and do anything else we might possibly need to do, instantly.Not too far in the future, everything will become available to all of us at home with the touch of a button.
Smartphone apps in particular, give us the opportunity to learn, communicate, purchase, and do anything else we might possibly need to do, instantly.
Coffee? Clothes? Shower? Phone? Ride to work? Done. Now.
Decreased energy use
Smart energy products such as thermostats are taking off in energy conscious (and technologically advanced) countries throughout the world because they can monitor, track, and adjust your home’s energy use with minimal effort from you. But these kinds of products are just the beginning. We imagine that technologies that tell us exactly when to turn off appliances in order to make our homes as efficient as possible are not far around the corner. Furthermore, developing technologies behind renewable energy sources will decrease our carbon footprint even further than they are now, saving us tons of energy (and money).
Current futuristic technologies
While we can’t possibly know for sure whether our technological predictions will come to fruition, there are quite a few current home products already out there that give us a glimpse into our future. Hydroflooring, smart glass, 3D televisions, and giant touch screen coffee tables are just a few of the current gadgets that make us think that our future home lives might not actually be that far removed from the Jetsons (or even Iron Man, for that matter). In all seriousness, these products point to a technological future of self-sufficiency for homes everywhere.