Flying cars may not be parked in every garage just yet, but when it comes to smart homes, the future is already on your doorstep. As the home automation trend continues to grow, homeowners are starting to imagine what's next after smart thermostats and Wi-Fi door locks. While no one can really be certain what the future holds for smart homes, here are a few guesses for the next few decades based on where home automation technology stands now.
Home Automation Today
Smart home technology already feels like something from "Back to the Future," ranging from energy-saving smart lighting to internet-connected smart TVs. Today, you can shop around for thermostats that learn your heating and cooling preferences, even adjusting the temperature while you're away for energy savings. Perhaps you even have security cameras and locks you can access from you smartphone while working at the office, self-controlled sprinklers to help you save water, and voice control technology that lets you actually talk to your home.
Five Years From Now
Turn the clock forward just a few years, and the smart home is quickly becoming the norm in your neighborhood, following Gartner's prediction that you may find 500 smart devices in the average American household by 2022. Home automation tech is becoming more affordable quickly, and the devices are getting smarter every year.
Looking into a home, you might see a fridge with a touch screen that lets you jot down your grocery list, and the bathroom could have a smart toilet that analyzes flushed urine to detect health problems. You might also notice that cleaning robots are now more than just advanced vacuums, even having the ability to pick up items and serve a glass of lemonade to your guests.
Ten Years From Now
Travelling a mere decade into the future, you might notice that more and more smart devices are replacing old-fashioned household products, and nearly all of a home's smart products are connected to the internet. Better decision-making skills also characterize smart home components, increasing the intelligence factor.
Imagine stepping into a bathroom at home, not only in a hotel, to brush your teeth in a mirror that shows you the daily news while playing your preferred tunes. You can order groceries online through the screen on your fridge and use your smartphone to turn on your smart coffee machine while still lying in your bed.
Twenty Years From Now
Hopping back into the time machine, you may notice that the defining feature of home automation two decades into the future is full automation, as prognosticated by the National Association of Home Builders. Waking up in the year 2040, you might turn off an alarm playing from automated speakers, which then tells your blinds to open. Once you leave your bed, a robotic device makes it for you.
Smart homes of the future may even bring fun new technology such as holographic pets that respond emotionally to their owners. Further, homes may have taken energy conservation to the next level, working as a closed-loop energy ecosystem.
50 Years From Now
Fast forward half a century, and you start seeing some major changes. First, you might have to say goodbye to your old-school heating system and air conditioner. HGTV hypothesizes that futuristic homes may feature walls that heat or cool the room themselves via either a special construction material or paint equipped with temperature-controlling electronic devices. An entire smart home may also be powered by solar grids, making plenty of energy to fuel itself and giving the excess back to the city.
Take a look around, and you might find advanced cleaning robots that can sense when a part of the house is dirty and clean it up before the homeowner even realizes it. Stoves and ovens can heat on command, and you no longer have to worry about blackened pizza crust. Advanced technology can cook everything to perfection. Stepping back, you see that houses are now thinking for themselves by responding to homeowners' actions, the outside environment and even thoughts.
These guesses for smart homes of the future are all hypothetical, but they provide some excellent food for the imagination. Consider implementing smart home technology today to prepare for the exciting advancements of the coming years.
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