The Future of Home Tech: Gadgets you
won't be able to live without
As humans, we need shelter to survive. But throughout history, our homes have become far more than a survival necessity, with everything from their design, construction and furnishing, reflecting our changing societal views.
They have also highlighted our desire for progress, whether that be time saving appliances or smarter ways of transferring information. Humans have always been looking for smarter ways to build, design and live in our homes, with our twentieth century properties looking as far away from early cave dwellings as physically possible.
So, with all that said, what will the home of the future look like?
Whilst electronics have become a permanent feature in our home, most leave a lot to be desired when it comes to aesthetic appeal. Sure, you’ve TV looks great when filled with the turquoise oceanic views of ‘Blue Planet’, but is it really that attractive when displaying a black screen and a tangle of wires?
Whilst you could just get rid of your TV altogether, Panasonic have designed a solution that seems almost comical in its simplicity; an invisible television.
First unveiled at the Consumer Electronic Show in January 2016, the prototype OLED (organic light-emitting diode) screen is a breakaway from LED technology, consisting of self-lighting pixels sandwiched between two glass layers. A picture is produced when electricity is fed through the device, appearing completely transparent when the supply is removed.
This technology also allows for more malleable screens, meaning they can be transported and rolled up when not in use, removing any unsightly electricals from view.
Desso: Pollution-busting carpets
Whilst carpets aren’t a hot topic of conversation when it comes to innovative technology, that doesn’t mean they don’t offer the opportunity for reinvention. Especially when so many carpets go to landfill, the need for green solutions is a must.
When it comes to the carpet of the future, Desso are at the forefront of the conversation. Having recently introduced their Airmaster carpet, their focus is rooted in reducing waste and improving air quality within our homes. This is achieved through the use of ECONYL yarn, a 100% regenerated nylon material, which allows their carpet to be four times better at capturing dust than competitor products. Thereby removing possibly harmful particles from your homes air and making it that much safer for those with immune weaknesses and chronic illnesses.
At home clothes printer
Fast fashion is one of the biggest waste producing industries of today, causing everything from increased landfill contribution to pressure on cotton farming and worker conditions. Whilst sustainable fabrics and second-hand shopping have been paving for a greener fashion landscape, imagine if you could reuse and recycle your wardrobe from the convenience of your own home.
Introducing the ‘3D Clothing Printer’, which recycles old garments into new apparel, potentially eliminating the need for wardrobes, washing machines and tumble dryers. This revolutionary idea, thought up by industrial designer, Joshua Harris, simply requires user to feed old clothes into the device, where they are then broken down into their base fibres and reformed into new items.