A recent study has found that, on average, nine per cent of a standard home in Britain is tech dependent and would be classed as being ‘smart’.
To mark the start of Smart Home Week, which runs 21st May to 27th May, supported by leading brands including, Amazon, ebay, Google, Philips Hue, Ring, Samsung SmartThings, tado° and Yale, a survey of 2,000 homeowner revealed the in-house tech habits of UK residents.
According to the results, 43 per cent of Brits currently have some form of smart technology in their homes, but 65 per cent of participants described themselves as being “overwhelmed” by tech. One of the main concerns of those who felt overwhelmed was down to the security issues that are associated with technology in homes. It was also found that 63 per cent of people said would be adding to and upgrading their inventory of technology over the next 12 months.
However, the tech revolution is nowhere near its peak
Personal AI sidekick
Futurist Tom Cheesewright believes that the home of the future will be so in tune with its owner it will be able to tell their mood, TV preferences and even if they’re hungry - due to smart tech engaging with their biometric data.
The next big shift in home technology is what Tom calls ‘The new Personal Digital Assistant,’ personal AI tailored to each unique user.
He said: “Imagine a voice assistant, owned by you and operating on your behalf. One that knows you so well because it picks up on your health data, it picks up on your social graph, it knows where you’ve been – it literally knows you inside out.
“One of the next waves we’ll see is augmented or mixed reality. I think the next natural interface is mixed reality like the movie Ready Player One, where people spend most of their time in a Virtual Reality world – probably lived in 10 hours a day.
“For the most part, things will just happen around you automatically, through a combination of your biometrics and possession of your devices. As you come home from work, your home knows you’re approaching.
“The temperature is set appropriately, it knows your emotional state, it knows how hungry you are and when you last ate, it knows what your plans for the evening are, it knows what TV shows you like and whether new episodes have been released.
“It will even know what you’ve got in the fridge and will suggest recipes based on your ingredients, perhaps even switching on the oven to pre-heat it for you.
The loo that looks after you
The technology inside our homes will be so advanced it could even give us health warnings – based on smart toilets analysing our waste, according to Tom. He added: “In the future your toilet will be your doctor – one of the really good ways to understand what’s going on inside your body is to analyse your waste, basically. So, I can absolutely see smart toilets being a thing.”
How will all this tech be able to be powered?
One of the biggest challenges facing tech developers is how to keep smart devices powered – now, they either need rechargeable batteries or a connection to the mains.
But Tom believes within a decade we could see that improving, as battery technology makes incredible leaps forward.
He said: “We’ll have extraordinarily small, high capacity batteries, charged by picking up ambient radio waves. It won’t be just appliances that are smart in your home, just about everything you buy will be smart in 50 years. Clothes, shoes, your toilet roll – literally everything.”
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