Thursday, February 4, 2016
Picture this: Its Game Day. The living room spread features a cornucopia of cheese dips, wings, beverages and other all American favorites. Thanks to your Smart fridge’s auto-order feature you made via your grocery app a few days prior, everything looks to be in place. You turn on the TV and see an popup alert via your integrated security system letting you know that your friend is approaching the front door, empty handed! Good thing your 3-D printer can print out some extra disposable plates and bowls on behalf of your forgetful pal’s promise to pick up some dishes before coming over.
Believe it or not, this could be what your Super Bowl looks like in as little as 10 years. As several technology advancements are trending toward widespread adoption across the United States, our home devices could become more connected in surprising new ways. While many of these technologies exist today, they will only improve over time.
Home security systems, for example, have existed for decades. But research suggests that only now — as personal technology gets more deeply embedded in everyday life — are we seeing an upward consumer adoption trend. ADT, one of the first connected-home security companies, reported a 19 percent increase in subscriptions in 2014 to Pulse, its newest, remote control system that enables operation via tablets and smartphones. Today, users can monitor homes from afar via connected devices and even remotely answer their doors. These capabilities are likely to become ubiquitous in another 10 years.
Fewer homes across the country are living without broadband Internet. In fact, research shows that from 2010 to 2013, the household penetration of broadband rose from 67 percent to 74 percent and subscriber numbers went from approximately 84 million to just under 100 million. By 2025, broadband networks could be supporting billions of new connected devices. Wireless and Bluetooth devices will also be prevalent and increasingly interconnected. Home security systems will be able to automatically switch off as you enter the home, switch on lights and heat to pre-defined levels, and turn on home sound systems playing the pregame coverage you were just listening to in the car.
Homes of the future will connect all appliances and electronics to a main hub that allows devices to talk to each other. A lamp might flash three times to warn of a government-issued emergency (heaven forbid during the Big Game). Floors and countertops will auto-disinfect when the lights go off. Kitchens will be equipped with integrated 3-D printers to replenish supplies when low. Even toilets will understand when to conserve and how much water to use when flushing. All of this could make for a more efficient, successful party for both hosts and guests.
Televisions will remain a fixture in the household of the future, with advancements making televisions bigger, thinner and smarter. By 2025, large screen Smart TV’s will be programmed to remember favorite networks and shows, so come game time, you will only have to endure commercials from brands you’ve deemed relevant. And for those who aren’t satisfied with watching the game from an uber-connected, smart home, virtual reality will offer experiences that simulate live-action viewing, transporting fans right to the sidelines.
Only time will tell, but who knows, these predictions could become the norm of your house party. And because it's fun to look into the future, check out the possibilities below.