Today, we’re closer to living like the Jetson’s than we are at any other point in history. The concept of the “Future Home” is no longer the visions of a time far from now. Thanks to the continued miniaturization of processors, improved data storage, digital computers, smartphones and sensors, our lives at home are about to change drastically. Today, we’re sharing a vision of what your future home may be in the next 5 to 10 years. Is your insurance company staying on top of the latest developments? We certainly are! If you want to be with an insurance provider with their finger on the pulse, contact us today for a quote on your home insurance!

Future Homes: Intelligent Kitchens

As you pack up to head home from work, you get the craving to make your favourite recipe for dinner tonight. Unsure if you have all the ingredients or not, you quickly plug in the recipe. At home, your fridge scans the objects inside and determines that you are missing a couple items. It also notes that you are running low on milk and eggs. It sends you a grocery list with the missing ingredients as well as items you will run out of soon based on historical consumption info. You could have that order submitted directly to a food delivery service, but you’re feeling like visiting the grocery store yourself today.

After you arrive home, you start to prepare your dish. The stove automatically regulates the temperature based on what you’re cooking. It informs you when something is perfectly cooked, or when to add ingredients for a perfect meal every time. As you serve it on your plate, it tells you the caloric and nutritional content. If you’re short, or too high on something it will help you adjust the portion for peak nutrition. The struggles of what to cook, how much to eat and what you’re missing are gone.

Future Homes: Sleeping Better

As you get ready for bed, your WiFi enabled toothbrush lets you know that your brushing was 96% effective tonight. You spent a little too little time in one area – something you can immediately remedy. With a clean mouth, you head to the bedroom and the blinds immediately start closing automatically. You get into bed and grab your book. As you’re reading, the lights in the room are gradually dimming – simulating the setting sun. This effect helps put you to sleep. You put the book down and close your eyes.

Throughout the night, your mattress reacts to your changing body position for utmost comfort. As morning arrives, rather than a loud aggressive alarm clock, the lights simulate the rising sun slowly. Gentle background noise also helps to wake you, and as you first open your eyes, coffee (or tea) starts to brew itself. You feel relaxed, well rested and ready to take on the day!

The amazing thing about these future homes features is that all of the technology exists today. In many cases, the cost might be prohibitively expensive though. Samsung’s Family Hub Smart Fridge is $6000, while a self-adjusting queen sized bed will cost up to $8000. Other technology such as the adjusting lights can be had for $200 while using services like IFTTT can automate light cycles. In the coming years, these technologies will drop in price rapidly, making them affordable for our future homes. The future is upon us, and the home of the future will be the home of the present sooner than you think.

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