I must admit that I cannot resist talking about the home of the future without also mentioning my wish, nay my need, for a robot maid; preferably one that cracks wise.
But, as is pointed out in many places here in the 21st century, the priorities of the modern household have moved on from how they were imagined when I was a kid. As is the case most of the time, the things that end up becoming trends and later as fixtures in our lives have to do with the things we value in the present, not the the things that those in the past envisioned for the future.
With that in mind, what are some of the emerging trends of the modern home, or those that could become a part of the modern home? Well, take a look at this infographic which outlines some features and technologies that not only embody some pretty cool functions, but also tell a story about the culture that inspire them.
So, what are the threads to be found here? What do these examples of modern household technology teach us? Well, here are a few ideas.
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Energy consumption consciousness
This modern age is not the world of plenty as assumed the future would be by the latter half of the 20th century. In the 21st century, we know that protecting resources is important, and not doing so will be expensive in all kinds of ways.This is what drives the idea of smart tech around lighting, heating, and around water use.
A key value in our current era isn’t about shiny tech for its own sake, but for what it can deliver; more energy efficient and resource-sensitive households to keep costs down.
Keeping track of things and managing how much space they take up in the modern home is another value that is common in our current era. So, the technology has emerged to support that. Mixed use rooms where furniture and appliances can be moved easily, or stored away entirely are therefore more common, too.
And technology that helps us to manage our inventory, and therefore (once again) helping us to control our costs and make better use of our resources, supports our modern values of a smaller footprint, less waste, more space, and a lower weekly food bill, too.
The Internet has changed the game in the 21st century, encompassing all areas of our lives. From commerce to our sense of community, we need to feel connected even when we are at home, and in every room of our homes. But, we also have learned the value of central control from a user-friendly interface that can expand our personal presences to multiple spaces all at once.
This is what modern means, even beyond the individual devices we own; that our sense of connectedness to our surroundings is what drives the way we live our lives in our spaces. Maybe that’s more important than a robot maid who cracks wise (but, that would still be nice …).
What feature would you like to see?
- What feature do you think is upcoming in the modern home?
- What feature would you like to see?
- What cultural values do you think drive technology at home the most not mentioned above?
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