From humble abode to intelligent living space
Humans are notoriously bad at predicting the future: if you ask us to imagine life in the future, most of us would describe a world that’s very different from the one we live in today. As recently as the 1950s, visions of robot maids, flying cars, and space-age sleeping pods were all the rage, but fast-forward to the present day and most living rooms haven’t actually changed all that much. And while styles and tastes have evolved over the years – from Victorian frills and minimalist modernism to the stark chrome trend of the 1980s – old favorites like sofas, tables, chairs, curtains, and pictures still decorate our homes.
After all, your home is your sanctuary, the place where you can unwind after a long day and, above all, the place where you should feel most comfortable. So while daytrips to the moon and hover taxis might not be available any time soon, our historic predictions did overlook two truly life-changing technologies: personal computers and the Internet. Although more or less invisible, the impact of information and connectivity has already altered the way we go about our daily lives. What’s the secret behind it all? It’s about enhancing what we already have – the things we use every day – and making them a whole lot smarter. Add several brand-new innovations that promise to transform our routines to the mix and you’ll get a feel for the major shift we’re about to experience, from basic retreat to indispensable assistant. Ready to take a peek?