Imagine a world where you aren’t woken up suddenly by the aggressive alarm clock next to your bed, clamouring for your attention. Imagine looking into your bathroom mirror, and not even noticing the yawning, half-asleep reflection you’re so used to seeing day after day. Yasmin Harake investigates.
INSTEAD, PICTURE THIS.
You wake up gradually and peacefully, when the automated lights in your bedroom slowly turn on to give you a gentle wake-up call. Forget the tired face that greets you in the bathroom mirror first thing in the morning. Instead you find yourself staring at not only your reflection, but at a live feed of information including the weather and the day’s top news.
WELCOME TO THE HOUSE OF THE FUTURE.
The integration of technology with small household tasks is designed to make our daily lives both more manageable and enjoyable. With machines sharing some of the responsibilities we have within the home, we’re saving ourselves time and energy that can now be spent elsewhere.
However, the home automation system – or, as it’s more commonly known – the smart home isn’t intended only to brew your coffee and do your laundry. Having a smart home means living somewhere that has been designed to boost energy efficiency, enhance security measures, and even monitor the health of your family.
LET’S TALK ABOUT THE KITCHEN.
Once your sworn enemy, and now, your new best friend. Your fridge reminds you to buy milk when you’re running low, puts a shopping list together before ordering groceries at the tap of a finger and here’s the best part: If your shelves are starting to look a little empty and you’re stuck for meal ideas, your fridge will work out what you can make for dinner all by itself. When it comes to doing the laundry we’re all guilty of putting it off until the next day, and then the day after that. It’s not the most exciting of activities, but thanks to the innovative new technology of home appliances, that could be about to change.