As humans, we need shelter to survive.  But throughout history, our homes have become far more than a survival necessity, with everything from their design, construction and furnishing, reflecting our changing societal views. 

They have also highlighted our desire for progress, whether that be time saving appliances or smarter ways of transferring information. Humans have always been looking for smarter ways to build, design and live in our homes, with our twentieth century properties looking as far away from early cave dwellings as physically possible. 

So, with all that said, what will the home of the future look like? 

Living Room 

Invisible TV

Whilst electronics have become a permanent feature in our home, most leave a lot to be desired when it comes to aesthetic appeal. Sure, you’ve TV looks great when filled with the turquoise oceanic views of ‘Blue Planet’, but is it really that attractive when displaying a black screen and a tangle of wires? 

Whilst you could just get rid of your TV altogether, Panasonic have designed a solution that seems almost comical in its simplicity; an invisible television.  

First unveiled at the Consumer Electronic Show in January 2016, the prototype OLED (organic light-emitting diode) screen is a breakaway from LED technology, consisting of self-lighting pixels sandwiched between two glass layers.  A picture is produced when electricity is fed through the device, appearing completely transparent when the supply is removed. 

This technology also allows for more malleable screens, meaning they can be transported and rolled up when not in use, removing any unsightly electricals from view.

 

     

Desso: Pollution-busting carpets 

Whilst carpets aren’t a hot topic of conversation when it comes to innovative technology, that doesn’t mean they don’t offer the opportunity for reinvention.  Especially when so many carpets go to landfill, the need for green solutions is a must.  

When it comes to the carpet of the future, Desso are at the forefront of the conversation.  Having recently introduced their Airmaster carpet, their focus is rooted in reducing waste and improving air quality within our homes.  This is achieved through the use of ECONYL yarn, a 100% regenerated nylon material, which allows their carpet to be four times better at capturing dust than competitor products.  Thereby removing possibly harmful particles from your homes air and making it that much safer for those with immune weaknesses and chronic illnesses.

Bedroom 

At home clothes printer 

Fast fashion is one of the biggest waste producing industries of today, causing everything from increased landfill contribution to pressure on cotton farming and worker conditions.  Whilst sustainable fabrics and second-hand shopping have been paving for a greener fashion landscape, imagine if you could reuse and recycle your wardrobe from the convenience of your own home. 

Introducing the ‘3D Clothing Printer’, which recycles old garments into new apparel, potentially eliminating the need for wardrobes, washing machines and tumble dryers. This revolutionary idea, thought up by industrial designer, Joshua Harris, simply requires user to feed old clothes into the device, where they are then broken down into their base fibres and reformed into new items. 

     

Smart Bed 

No one likes a sleepless night.  They make us tired, irritable and less able to focus, which in turn reduces our productivity and overall happiness throughout the day.  But with ‘The Pod’, a bad night’s sleep may soon be a thing of the past. 

Brought to life by the minds at Eight Sleep, ‘The Pod’ is the first bed that learns the perfect temperature for your sleep, adjusting as needed to ensure the ideal environment for a deep, revitalising nights rest.  Plus, you and your partner can sleep easy, with separate temperature regulation for each half of your mattress. 

In addition, with ‘The Pod’ thermal alarm you can wake up alert and ready for the day, all thanks to temperature control.  Simply program when you would like to wake up and your bed will gradually cool, triggering your bodies natural waking response without the need for an alarm clock.  

Bathroom

Mirror that assesses health 

With wait times for the GP ever increasing, more and more alternative to traditional appointments are hitting the scene, with everything from video calls to diagnosing chat bots ready to give us their medical advice.  What’s more, the popularity of wearable tech allowing greater insight into our physical state, the departure from doctor waiting rooms is ever more apparent. 

But these alternatives have one issue in common; their reliance on resources, whether that be customer service teams, developers and individual knowledge.  But what if there was a solution that combined these technologies into one easy to use device? One which already plays a key role in our daily routine?

Look no further than your bathroom mirror, which will soon be able to perform a mini health check on you all thanks to 3D face mapping, cameras and breath analysers.  Whilst still in the development phase, this product could detect heart rate, blood oxygenation, weight gain and physical markers of disease or stress, tracking minute daily changes.  It would then transform this wealth of information into practical advice and early diagnosis, providing everything from skin care recommendations to an overall health rating.  

Kitchen

Smart Fridge 

When looking at the kitchen of the future, it’s no surprise appliances are in for serious reinvention.  

Fridges, for example, will no longer be seen as a place to simply store produce.  Soon digital refrigerators, such as that designed by food suppliers, Ocado, will be able to recommend recipe suggestions based on the contents it contains.  What’s more, thanks to internal cameras, your fridge could track and reorder ingredients when they are running low, even letting you know when expiry dates are coming up. 

But Ocado aren’t the only company stepping into this innovative arena, with the likes of Samsung showcasing their ‘Family Hub’ fridge, which has a much more external focus.  Featuring a 21.5 inch touchscreen on its front (larger than an ipad), this fridge allows you to see inside without opening the door, as well as stream media, send messages, create lists and check other Samsung appliances in your home, such as lights and thermostats. 

The World’s First Robotic Kitchen 

With the likes of HelloFresh and Gousto skyrocketing in popularity through their promise of simplified cooking and less time in the kitchen, it may be hard to imagine how at home cooking can get any simpler.  But what if you didn’t have to cook at all? 

With the world’s first robotic kitchen, Moley, the chore of cooking will soon become a thing of the past.  Simply select the dish you would like prepared from an extensive library of global recipes or upload your own, and the robotic limbs of the Moley will set to work.  Said to be able to reproduce the movement, speed and sensitivity of human hands, Moley takes the stress out of cooking, turning out perfect meals every time. 

The prototype for this product was first premiered at Hanover Messe, the international robotic show, to widespread acclaim.  With the consumer version set to launch this year, this futuristic idea may soon become a reality. 

 

June – Smart Oven 

Fridges aren’t the only appliance that will undergo a facelift, with ovens also receiving their fair share of innovation. 

Introducing June, a smart oven and ‘multi-talented space saver’, which allows users to air fry, dehydrate, slow cook, broil, toast, bake and warm all in one.  On top of these diverse functions it also has the ability to perfectly cook your food without the need for human input.  This is achieved by internal cameras, which identify the food type and its necessary cooking requirements (including time, temperature and cooking method), meaning perfect results every time. 

What’s more, the June oven can connect to your phone, allowing you can activate cooking, watch your food, check ETA and be notified when your meal is ready.  This means you can start cooking dinner on your commute and arrive home to a perfectly cooked steak.  June can also connect to your Alexa or Google Plus, allowing for hand free cooking and audio updates on how your meal is shaping up.  Automatic updates are another helpful feature, with new functionality and features available for immediately download via Wi-Fi, meaning your oven will never go out of date.

 

The Home of the Future: Beyond the gadgets

The home of the future has a lot for us to look forward to, from delicious food to a more restful night’s sleep. But how must the rest of the home care industry keep up to match these exciting advancements? Firstly, as connectivity increases between products the reliance on wifi connectivity and utilities will also grow, requiring smarter systems that can adapt to surges and lulls in usage.  By responding to trends, waste can be lowered and also offer customers more intuitive usage plans.  In addition, when it comes to home insurance more accurate policies are needed, ones that respond to the growing prevalence of tech and the value of digital assets. 

Sound too good to be true? At buzzvault, it’s been our mission to make this future of home insurance a reality and put our customers in control of their cover.  Find out more on our website.