Home of the future
The home of the future, similar to the office of the future, is a concept that has been popular to explore since the early 20th century, or perhaps earlier.There have been many exhibits, such as at World's Fairs and theme parks, purporting to show how future homes will look and work, as well as standalone model "homes of the future" sponsored by builders, developers, or technology companies. After a few years, each successive version of such an exhibit will start to look dated and old-fashioned, with some of its "futuristic" things becoming commonplace and others never catching on at all.
The film Design for Dreaming (1956) shows a Frigidaire "Kitchen of the Future" -- part of the 1956 General Motors Motorama -- which features centralized controls and a "computer screen" showing a completed recipe. General Motors also presented A Touch of Magic (1961) which also showed a Frigidaire kitchen of the future.
In the 1960s and 1970s, such exhibits usually included videophones. While such technology has actually existed since the 1960s and has been developed and improved since, many new mobile phones can now make video calls and use of a home web camera on an instant messaging client and sending of pictures via cell-phone cameras has become prevalent. Other common features of "home of the future" exhibits include centralized and automated control of all appliances, and the use of voice commands to operate devices. Since the 1980s, computer technology has figured heavily in the design of these homes.
Notes and references
- Sydell, Laura (May 1, 2006). "Chasing a Habitable 'Home of the Future'". Morning Edition (NPR).
- IBM podcast on the future of the home
- Home of the future research resources (MIT)
- Touring the home of the future (Wired)
- Free legal download of Design for Dreaming at Internet Archive
- Free legal download of A Touch of Magic at Internet Archive