As the months pass, it is becoming more and more evident that the direction we are moving towards both in and out of the home is quite entirely digital. Over just the past few years, we have seen such drastic changes in the landscape of our society and the way in which we function, whether that is at work, socially, or in our own homes. Our lives are becoming more and more digitalized and in recent months, interior designers and inventors have paired up to bring quite an array of exciting advances right to our doors.
While the market for smart homes is already well above $60 billion, experts contend that we are just at the forefront of what could be a digital revolution in interior design. At the moment, what most of us consider to be “smart homes” may be deemed as something closer to “comfort homes” in comparison to what is to come. While what advancements we have made seem quite futuristic in comparison to how we lived even just two years back, the automated lights and locks that we control from our phones are really just the start.
Within the next few years, we are expected to see an increase in the actual intelligence of the tech within our homes, providing opportunity for anything from facial recognition security systems to robots who know your favorite order by heart and can make a call without you even having to ask. All our favorite sci-fi shows seem to be becoming our reality, and interior designers all over the globe are doing their best to make it work in our favor.
Probably one of the most exciting advancements that we can expect to see in the coming years is the application of robots in the home. While what we now consider to be intelligent tech: self-powered vacuums and lawnmowers, stand in stark comparison to the potentially human-like robots that may serve our homes within just a few years. Not only will be saving time vacuuming or mowing the lawn, but we may just have robotic helpers anywhere from the kitchen to our own bedside, taking care of our health. As these advances become more common, we can expect many of these smart tools to be mainstream by 2025.
Moreover, we anticipate a rise in smart kitchen appliances and even smart bathrooms. In the coming years, we await anything from heated toilets to voice activated mirrors and bathtubs that know exactly when to stop filling up. It also won’t be long before our beds are monitoring our sleep patterns and waking us up for work. More often than not, our fridge will probably be reading us recipes while we (or our robots) cook.
So while clapping to turn on and off our kitchen lights was all the rage in 2017, we now are expecting something somewhat closer to a virtual revolution. At this point, the question is not if, but when? Just imagine: it’s 2025, and your food is cooking on its own, while the bath fills up, and a robot orders your favorite dessert from that bakery on the corner. Welcome to the future. Welcome to smart homes.