Duct-IN are always looking for innovative products but we thought we would look back at how far we have come. Back in 1989, the BBC aired a show called tomorrows world in which an expert envisioned how the homes of Brits would look in the year 2020. In it, presenters spoke to technology forecaster Christine MacNulty, CEO of Applied Futures.
Christine, who has since co-authored two books on the future of technology, described what homes would look like in 2020:
· “People will want all the benefits of modern technology but without all the cluttered and complex gadgetry that we have today,” she said.
· “They’ll want homes that work for them. By 2020, all of this will be possible.
· “We’ll have things under control without all of these knobs and buttons.
· “And what’s more, the technology itself will be embedded in the very fabric of the house and its furnishings.”
A BBC presenter then walks through a model home filled with the tech predicted to feature in rooms of the future:
· Among the gadgetry shown off are lights that automatically switch on and off as you walk between rooms.
· And you can even play your favourite music by yelling a command – much like you can today through smart speakers like the Amazon Echo.
· “A simple command gives you music, perhaps piped in from a sound library,” the presenter says.
· Another prediction is that electrical sockets would be a thing of the past by 2020.
· Instead, your gadgets would supposedly take charge via pads that draw power from any spot on your wall.
WOW how scarily accurate this was, it’s now 2021 and my own home is now inhabited by a smart eco system courtesy of Amazon that to quote “has things under control without all of these knobs and buttons” by no means is it the “smart home of the future” but a smart helping hand for everyday family life. But that’s one home from the somewhat 27 million in the UK.
To be continued…..