Many high-end smart homes already incorporate a lot of hidden technology; this is likely to be an ordinary feature in homes come 2030. Increased automation and more intuitive human interaction will mean most smart home technology can operate unseen in the background. As Jonny Voon, Innovation Lead for IoT and Distributed Ledger at Innovate UK, believes:

“Truly successful IoT becomes invisible to end users. It just becomes part of the normal way of living, working, travelling and socialising.”

More and more, the technology we use in our homes will become wireless. Static technology such as lighting fixtures, keypads and televisions could become more flexible in their configuration as a result, allowing them to be moved around when redesigning a room as easily as hanging a painting.

More people living around you means less private space. Consequently, the next generation of homes will need creative configurations to allow us to perform many tasks in a single area. Micro-flats and micro-homes are increasingly common in large cities, while the average size of new homes in the UK is already the smallest in Europe at 76 sq m15 – something that is likely to decrease further over time.

Motorised panels, hidden technology, in-wall audio-visual equipment and biodynamic lighting could all help transform single-purpose rooms into areas useful for multiple activities16. Retractable roofs, windows and walls could go one step further, bridging indoor and outdoor areas in order to maximise the amount of space available to occupants.

Getting rid of screens in favour of interactive touch interfaces on windows and turning walls and tables into interactive touchscreens have long been science-fiction dreams. There is no sign yet that this will become a reality by 2030, although Sony has experimented with portable projectors that can display touchscreens onto walls, floors or tables17.

Smart adaptive glass, which adjusts window tint to manage glare, heat intake and sunlight, would help to make our dwellings more comfortable and energy efficient. This technology has already been adopted by San Francisco airport18 and could potentially be adapted for residential buildings by 2030.


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The Smart Home of the Future White Paper looks into the following areas:

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Artificial intelligence in the home
Will this new field find a place in our homes, and how can we develop such systems in a safe, secure manner?

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Smart homes, cities and grids
How increased connectivity will help our homes and cities manage energy and mitigate against natural disasters more effectively.

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Cybersecurity and smart security systems
How the critical shortfall in cybersecurity experts poses a threat, and how we can secure our homes more effectively with technology.

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The technology-privacy trade-off
Why embracing more technology in our homes means putting a price on the vital personal data we hold.

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The future of VR/AR in our daily lives

How this nascent industry might become an important part of our daily lives – both in our homes and further afield.


About the White Paper series

Designed and produced by Andrew Lucas, the Smart Home White Paper series explores several important aspects of the connected home and offers insight on how this exciting sector is evolving. Drawing heavily on the expertise of our award-winning smart home specialists Andrew Lucas London and our virtual reality division Andrew Lucas Studios, these White Paper publications offer a credible overview based on more than a decade of experience and knowledge of the above sectors.