I have this really bad habit of checking every. single. freaking. power point before I leave the house.
Mostly, it’s just things that pose a real threat to the house burning down: namely the iron, the hair straightener, the heater, etc. I check. I re-check. I take photos of the power points. I leave the house only to walk back and check again. It’s a tiresome process. I can’t help it.
But, imagine if my house was able to do the checking for me? And reassure me that everything was off, automatically? Or, better still, what if my house just took care of the power points as soon as I shut the door?
All of this and more is on the horizon thanks to the IBM smart houses of the future. Dubbed ‘cognitive environments’, smart houses can be programmed to suit your needs. We’re talking automated-everything, from your office environment to your bedroom ambience.
Temperature, music, food, beverages, directions to the bathroom… Yep, your house has just been transformed from your traditional bricks and mortar into your very own living internet beast.
(One problem: WiFi usage!?)
According to IBM, houses are sitting ducks when it comes to the amazing amount of information they could potentially store. Everything from air-conditioning usage, to movement sensors, would give precious insight to how we behave inside the space we call ‘home’.
Can you hack it? Home hacks. (Post continues after video)
“Cognitive computing enables the systems within your building to understand, reason and learn from the data they create,” says IBM.
“Imagine a house that knows your schedule better than you do; an office space that works like you do; factory floor safety equipment that pulls its own emergency stop before you get injured; or a next-generation concession operation at the stadium that has someone placing a cold beer in your hand just as you sit down before kickoff.”
Replace ‘beer’ with ‘wine’, and ‘stadium’ with ‘couch’ – and we’re sold.
Here are our top five favourite things the houses of the future can do you for you. (It only seems fair, considering most of us are paying well above six figures for the darn thing.)
Come home to the perfect temperature.
Thanks to our omnipresent smartphones, your house now can detect, via location tracking, when you are 20-minutes from home and adjust the temperature accordingly. Never come home to a freezing cold house ever again! On a side note, I don’t know what’s worse – coming home to a freezing cold house, or coming home to a house warmed by Artificial Intelligence because it’s the only reliable and loving relationship you have in your life.
Throw away the keys.
No more hopping around your front door with heavy shopping bags whilst fumbling for your house key! No more passive-aggressive tapping on the kitchen window for your bone-lazy housemates to let you in! Thanks to facial recognition technology, your house will let you in with just a glance. But, if you want to remain hands-free, you better steer clear of too much ‘nipping and tucking’. If not even your front door knows who you are, you’ve got a problem.