The Great Tech Home Invasion

May 9th 2014

For anyone working in the technology sphere, you will know that your consumers are no longer confining technology to their work lives. People are demanding technological intelligence in every facet of their lives - from data around their workouts to a home that echoes the Jetson lifestyle we all grew up in awe of.

As consumer demands continue to disrupt the status quo, even the IT & technology industries aren't safe from becoming irrelevant. Gen Y's & Gen Z's are their own computer experts and will soon no longer require an 'expert' as they continue to become one themselves. So how does this dynamic industry protect itself & ensure it offers something that no consumer can replicate? Embrace the home!  As commuting becomes a thing of the past - the companies identifying & adapting to this need will truly thrive.

Below are just a few examples of ways in which technology is already becoming at one with our home life - there are some powerful lessons here for anyone looking to guarantee they remain relevant.

The Cloud sofa.

You don't have to look far into the future to see the desktop computer and home phone completely disappear,  it will happen within the next 10 years. This is already happening in many households with web-enabled TV's (IPTVs), tablet devices and of course smartphones continuing to take the place of PCs and landline phones.

Home automation systems such as the LG HomeChatTM will become common place in the home of the future and allow you to communicate directly with your refrigerator, washing machine or vacuum via text or email. You could consult your fridge on what you should cook for dinner depending on what its current contents are, ask your robotic vacuum when it last cleaned or tell your washing machine to start a cycle.

Crack a hinge on your vertical blinds? Print a new one. Need an extra napkin holder for your dinner party? Print one. 3D printing is expected to have a huge impact on how our homes function in the years to come.

The I-Sopod.

The I-Sopod.

With the use of rubber and metal-like substances in 3D printing becoming an option, this is set to revolutionise so many things. The focus for companies will no longer be in manufacturing and distribution, but in providing consumers with the templates for printing.

Bed manufacturer Sealy recently commissioned the Future of Sleep report with futurist, Morris Miselowski, to provide an insight into the bedroom of 2055. It revealed that technology will be integrated into our bedding to monitor vital signs, check sleep patterns and create the optimal sleeping environment with lights, temperature and humidity all automatically controlled. Creating the perfect environment for a good night's sleep will go one step further with every bed we sleep in, be it at home, in a hotel or at a friend's. It will recognise us, know our sleep patterns, preferred mattress firmness, pillow preference and linen requirements to automatically reconfigure the feel of the bed to be just like our one at home.

Turkish designer Fatih Can Sarioz has designed a space-saving solution for families of the future who still want to enjoy meals together. The Kure starts as a sphere shape and opens like a flower into a six-seater dining table. Meals also take on a futuristic feel when imbued with blue light, which is emitted from the base.

In the future, any time for relaxation will be highly valued. What better way to take a load off than on a cloud. The Cloud Sofa by D.K & Wei uses a magnetic force generated from the base to elevate the soft cloud-like upper cushion. It's big enough for the ultimate power nap or to sit quietly and watch the world go by.

The website describes it best, "A sleek and stylish inner spaceship designed to transport the user to a new world of absolute calm and tranquillity".

In the future, not even a bathtub is a bathtub any more: the I-Sopod floatation tank promises a "womb-like" experience. Underwater LED lighting, a built in MP3 player and innovative filtration complete the zen-like experience.

As someone working in the technology world why not as yourself how you can ensure your next product can become indispensible not just in the office, but in the home, after all they are going to be one and the same in less than a decade.

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