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