High-tech and geared to work and play a look at the home of the 21st century
Imagine leaving work, getting in your car and starting dinner while driving home. Thats just one function of the home of the future. With a flick of a computer switch your home will respond to your needs.
The house may look the same on the outside, but inside homes in the new millennium will be much different than they are today. With the flick of switch, you can turn your windows from clear to opaque; making blinds and shades unnecessary. Your Thanksgiving turkey will be able to communicate with your oven, telling it how high to set the temperature and how long it needs to cook.
You can probably forget about having a robot do your vacuuming, at least
in the short-term. But some are predicting that we will have devises that
will stop the vacuum if the telephone rings. Other machines that will make
our life easier may include: a washing machine that can read your clothes'
cleaning instructions and select the appropriate water temperature, amount
of soap and whether your cotton sweater should be line-dried or tossed in
the dryer. A refrigerator that knows what youre running low on and
makes a digital grocery list-complete with the best prices available at area
Home layouts will change somewhat also. Kitchens and first floor family
rooms will remain popular. Glamour baths will lose appeal and home offices
will be a must for every family. Builders say we will begin to see
wide-open rooms with moveable, nonload-bearing walls that divide living
spaces based on changing needs. Retract all of the walls for a big party or
erect them to create an intimate space for a candlelit dinner-for-two.
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