16 Bold Predictions of How Future Houses Will Look
Drone car? Are you serious?
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GE Kitchen Hub
Home chefs will absolutely love this fully integrated kitchen smart hub. With a centrally located dashboard, this home automation device features a WiFi- and Bluetooth-enabled 27-inch touchscreen that’s situated right above your stove. Features include stovetop-facing cameras for your social media presence or cooking class videos, video calling, music streaming and the ability to watch Netflix while you cook. It can also be controlled with the voice-enabled assistant named Geneva. The hub also doubles as a functioning exhaust hood! While not available just yet, it will debut Fall 2018.
Photo: Courtesy of GE Appliances
Aging Close to Loved Ones
A granny pod (a general term, not a brand) sits in the yard of the main home where the caregiver lives. Care must be taken to make sure the locale permits a granny pod on an existing lot.
Granny pods are a specific type of tiny home. Check out these 15 things to consider before building one.
Photo: Courtesy of Wind River Tiny Homes
Tesla Solar Roof
Work continues on Tesla’s solar roof design but it’ll be a sleek way to incorporate solar panels into a home’s design without losing any aesthetic appeal. You might be able to reserve them at Home Depot, though it’s getting phased out.
Photo: Via Tesla
It might not be a feature of your house but the road that leads to your house could be paved with solar power in the future. It could even be your driveway, too. The Netherlands created the world’s first solar road back in 2015 and it’s generating enough electricity to power a small household. In the U.S. Solar Roadways received crowdfunding for a project to power the entire country with solar-covered roads. The road in the Netherlands are made of glass, silicon rubber and concrete. They’re strong enough to support 12-ton fire trucks.
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Laundroid Laundry Folding Robot
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It’s pretty nice to sit around and let a robot vacuum the carpet for you but it’s just the beginning. There are already robots that mop, robots that will clean your pool and robots that will feed your pets. Pretty soon they’ll all be connected to one device that you can set up a schedule so they’ll automatically do their task.
Doors That Will Recognize You
The door will automatically lock after you leave and open when you arrive when it scans your face. It will also allow a delivery person into your home to drop off packages while a robot can place your groceries and other goods precisely where they need to go after your refrigerator orders you more food.
The concepts are already out there for a drone car. Italdesign and Airbus revealed designs for a drone that converts into a car last year. Then there’s a Filipino inventor who created a drone car. It doesn’t have wheels but it looks pretty awesome.
Samsung released a report back in 2016 that predicted what life would look like in 100 years and it included some out-of-this-world possibilities. Among the first predictions the SmartThings Future Living Report pointed to was super skyscrapers. The report said that with carbon nanotubes and diamond nano threads it will be possible to build towering mega skyscrapers in a smaller landscape.
Samsung’s SmartThings Future Living Report also said that underwater cities will likely become a reality. The water itself will be used to create breathable atmospheres and produce hydrogen fuel.
Porch came up with a report that looked at census data to predict what a house will look like in about 20 years and believes that houses will have more bedrooms. Porch predicts houses will have three or four bedrooms in the future.
Porch also anticipates homes with two or more full baths in the future. By 2036, Porch thinks more than half of homes will have three or more bathrooms. Thinking of renovating a bathroom? Check out these 10 ways to save money on a bathroom renovation.
3D printers will likely see a significant expansion to where every home will not only have one but it will be able to produce meals on par with the finest restaurants. Houses will begin to be printed by 3D printers as well, too.
Smart walls seem kind of silly on the surface but they could mean never having to paint or decorate those walls. A smart wall will change colors to fit a mood or like this wall, replicate a sunrise.
Similar to how a toilet might be able to diagnose what ails you, it might be possibly you won’t even have to leave your home for medical care in the future, according to Samsung’s report. Samsung is predicting that people could get a digital diagnosis, receive medicine and maybe even a remote surgeon.