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by Robert DeFalco
on Monday, February 1st, 2016 at 5:15pm.
"Matter of fact, we're thinking of turning the whole house off for about a month. Live sort of a carefree one-for-all existence."
"That sounds dreadful! Would I have to tie my own shoes instead of letting the shoe tier do it? And brush my own teeth and comb my hair and give myself a bath?"
"It would be fun for a change, don't you think?"
"No, it would be horrid...”
(Ray Bradbury, “The Veldt”)
When Ray Bradbury published “The Veldt” in 1950, the smartest things in anyone’s house were the human beings who lived there. Now, as we settle into 2016, the houses themselves are “smart”, and every new gadget has a higher IQ than the previous model. The 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (recently held in Las Vegas) highlights some of the up and coming technology that will be working its way into our lives and homes. Check out some of these home tech trends that could have come straight from the pages of 1950’s techno-sci-fi stories!
The Smart Fridge
Samsung’s new “Family Hub Refrigerator” does more than just keep the eggs cold and let you get a glass of water without opening the door.
This thing has interior cameras. Why do you need a camera inside the fridge? So you can see what you need while you’re out shopping. It also keeps track of expiration dates, so no more smelling the milk. Also, the touch screen will let you play music or even draw on it. Sure, you’ve got a tablet for those things… but can you grab a quick snack from your iPad?
For decades, the television has been a staple in the average American living room. And for decades, the television has been… well… an eyesore.
We’ve come a long way from the enormous, floor-model console TVs of the 70’s.
But even with the newer models, unless the TV is on it’s an ugly black box. Decorators have hidden them in cabinets and behind screens, anything to prevent that dark eye from becoming a focal point.
Enter the transparent television. Now when you aren’t actively watching, it blends right into the room.
Other Innovations The convention also saw “smarter” hubs for your smart home, which means they’ll have the ability to communicate with more devices and apps than ever before. Also, updated home security systems with everything from smart locks to cameras that can tell the difference between a prowler and a stray dog. And last, but not least, voice activated EVERYTHING. We’re not quite to the automated shoe tier… but we’re seeing the technology that, at one time, was only (science) fiction. So will you embrace the smarter home tech? Or do Bradbury’s words still give you a twinge of technophobia? Let us know in the comments!