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What does Smart House means for us? What if it is no more than an adult toy, not appliances we need? Whatever the answer is, we are getting Smart Solutions in the nearest future to our households.
All future innovations are driven by the demand of simplifying our lives. What more do we desire than a clean house without any effort? Now imagine that there will be no need to clean household objects, but the objects will be able to clean themselves.
There will be not much space in mega cities. The size of apartments will shrink, and nanotechnology will allow it to happen. Thanks to 3D printers and nanotechnologies, there will be no need for storage places. Need a cup? Print it! Having friends over in the evening, just order from the machine the dining table and some chairs. Half an hour later, the guest place is ready to use, with new furniture and a dining set in themed colour. Moreover, everything printed will be disposable right after usage. No more headaches because of cleaning and storing things hoping to use them in the future. Doesn’t it feel like a dream? Got an idea, bought design, printed, used it and disposed of it! Not only furniture but also clothes, shoes, and even electrical devices will be produced on demand and recycled after usage. However, those technologies will need a constant powerful energy source. Hopefully, the future will bring us sustainable and efficient forms of renewable energy along with super universal printing material.
Claytronics might be one of the materials used in Smart Houses for 3D printing. The innovative material researched for years by Intel and the Carnegie Mellon University is a digitalised matter where atoms can communicate with each other. The “mini-robots” can create any shape programmed by the human. The opportunities of the matter are countless. There is a possibility that Claytronics will substitute our daily objects. Catoms can transform ash to the 3D model in a matter of seconds. Visualising the possibilities of the material, Michaël Harboun has presented the project called Living Kitchen, where a person interacts with the wall in the simple manner creating the working space just with the finger touch.
Many companies come up with Smart House systems; LG offers to chat with the house using Nest HomeChat. Control over the house will be centralised on the owner’s smartphone. An innovative Siri-like program will allow residents to communicate with household objects. Smart household appliances such as kitchen electronic devices, lights, water, doors, will be interconnected and controlled using the phone. Moreover, LG has presented the concept of a wardrobe, which will clean clothes. No more need to head to the dry cleaning or do laundry by yourself in the future.
In addition to substituting the butlers responsibilities in the house, Smart technologies will take care of gardening and growing food inside the household. Intelligent gardening boxes will take care of the indoor garden and become as familiar device as a refrigerator. In combination with Smart technologies, energy and water will be supplied efficiently, reused and generated by the boxes itself.
All in all, houses will transform themselves from the place we live to a place that helps us live more sufficiently, comfortable and enjoyable. Instead of demanding our time to take care of them, future homes will provide us with energy, nutrition and everyday objects. In the future, our homes will work for us, not the other way around.