The Future is coming. Smart Homes are changing. In the past smart homes were thought as an expensive system that had a remote control for the lights, heating and other systems. But today the meaning of such smart systems is different. The innovations that are new today and could be normal in a few years are: apps for smartphones that could control your home electronics from anywhere, robotic assistants, “smart” building materials, 3D printers and others. You can check out some more below.
Apps for smartphones
There are some devices that could manage your household utilities and are controlled by an app on your iPhone.
Thermostat Nest helps to save energy (it turns off the heating when there is no one at home). You can also adjust the temperature mode with the help of the app while being at work or somewhere else.
WeMo gives you the opportunity to control all your home electronics from anywhere (you can turn them off/on whenever you want).
If a robotic vacuum cleaner (like Roomba) is not strange anymore then robotic assistants that can clean a room or take care of an elderly person should not sound strange. For example, Hector is a robotic assistant that reminds the elderly to take their medicines, to make a call, or to go for walk outside.
“Smart” building materials
French scientists from the Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble have created wallpapers that prevent electromagnetic pollution and a “steal” of Wi-Fi.
3D printers are becoming more and more popular. Nowadays there are such printers that could print a whole house. Some architects are learning how this technology works. For example, the Dutch company DUS Architects is planning to print the plastic parts of a house in Amsterdam on a printer called KamerMaker. The façade of the building will be printed by the end of this year. The rooms and their interiors will be printed in order with the development of printed technologies.