Homes of the future will be able to tell if you’re poorly by analysing your poo – it was revealed yesterday (May 22).
Experts predict technology will become so smart, we’ll all be sitting on toilets which can tell how fit, well and healthy we are.
Futurist Tom Cheesewright claims homes could literally save lives, with toilets becoming the new family doctor and having the ability to examine waste as it’s made.
In just 50 years’ time, homes will be so in tune with the owner they will also be able to tell their mood, TV preferences and even if they’re hungry – due to smart tech engaging with their biometric data.
To mark the start of Smart Home Week, which runs May 21 to May 27, supported by leading brands including, Amazon, ebay, Google, Philips Hue, Ring, Samsung SmartThings, tado° and Yale, futurist Tom Cheesewright said: ‘Adding an internet connection to an appliance probably adds a cost of about 50 pence to the materials. Some of these things may have a chip in already that just hasn’t been activated.’
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.
Three other waves of tech will have been completed in 50 years. Wave one is that the need to have a battery, or a mains power connection, will have gone away.
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.
Tom was speaking after a survey of 2,000 homeowners found 43 per cent of Brits currently have some form of smart technology in their homes.
And 63 per cent envisage themselves adding to their stock of smart devices over the next 12 months.
Although the top concern among homeowners at the moment would be the security of their smart devices, if their entire house depended on them.
The next big shift in home technology is what Tom calls ‘The new Personal Digital Assistant’, personal AI tailored to each unique user.
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.
The third wave is augmented or mixed reality, which will also tie in to this. 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 study found nine per cent of the average Brit’s home is ‘smart’ – although 65 per cent say they find new tech ‘overwhelming’. With this in mind, Smart Home Week is designed to provide advice and information on the range of smart products available.
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