By Toronto Real Estate Board
Can you imagine a house that runs itself? Well, the smart homes of the future just might.
Just a few short weeks ago, the Consumer Electronics Conference took place in Las Vegas. CES is the world’s biggest stage for showcasing what’s new and what could be in the world of consumer electronics, and the gadgets on display at this year’s conference could completely revolutionize the lives of homeowners.
If we believe the vision on display at CES, then the homes of the future will be equipped to cook, clean and childmind with one tap of your smart phone.
The smart home of the future will be much more connected as all of the existing smart platforms begin to work together and with this greater connectivity will come greater productivity.
The Synchronized Home
Picture this: you’re driving home from work and your smart car senses you’re just a few blocks away. It contacts your smart home and tells it to turn on the lights, turn up the heat and unlock the door in time for your arrival, all in precisely four minutes.
You park the car and see that your robo butler is standing to greet you at the door. It takes your coat and escorts you to the kitchen where you’ll find your robotic cook putting the finishing touches on dinner. The recipe was concocted out of ingredients you already had thanks to your smart fridge.
Laundry is done too! Washed and dried in the same smart machine. You saved a ton of money by programming it to start at an off-peak time. And, by the way, you ran out of detergent, but the laundry machine already ordered a new bottle through Amazon. You’ll get it Monday.
Sound far-fetched? It may be for now, but eventually your car will be able to communicate with your home and all the smart technology you own will work together to make your life increasingly seamless.
These technological advances don’t stop at the household level, though. Smart cities will also be the way of the future.
For instance, Panasonic has teamed up with the city of Denver to use technology to improve the city’s energy efficiency, water conservation, public safety, healthcare and other public services. Some projected results of this project are real-time access to information about utilities and mass transit for all citizens. A smart city will also be one where officials leverage greater control over infrastructure, such as street lighting and energy systems, to improve efficiency and cut costs.
Although the truly smart home and city may still be years away, it sure is fun to think about what the future could be like.
Talk to a Toronto Real Estate Board Professional Member REALTOR®. For updates on the real estate market, visit TREBhome.com. If commercial property is what interests you, contact a TREB Commercial Professional Member REALTOR® by visiting trebcommercial.com.