Technology is advancing faster than ever, and sometimes, it can be hard to keep up with all the latest trends. We’ve put together a list of some of the most interesting high-tech products that will make your home feel more futuristic.
The biggest trend in 2015 is that every aspect of the house is becoming interconnected, and everything is being connected to the Internet. Clearly, smart homes are the next big thing.
1. Interactive Cooktop
Whirlpool’s Interactive Cooktop is like a giant iPad that you can cook on. This stove will make you feel like you’re living in the future. To start cooking, simply place a pot on the cooktop and draw a circle around it—options will pop up for adjusting temperature and cook time. Not only that, you can also browse the Internet and answer phone calls and texts—with your stove.
Gesture controls allow you to navigate the interface intuitively, dismissing or answering calls, and opening windows and menus on your command. When you sync it with your other appliances, the Interactive Cooktop will get pop-ups when your dishwasher’s done, or when your laundry is dry. You’ll even be able to check to see what ingredients are in your fridge directly from the cooktop.
Unfortunately, this is not available for sale yet, but this gives you a good idea of the direction home technology is going. The crazy futuristic homes of your imagination are starting to become a reality.
2. Smart Key
Cell phones are slowly integrating every aspect of our daily lives and keys are next. ShareKey is a new app that uses NFC technology to connect your phone to your door lock. That means one less thing you have to carry in your pocket when you leave the house.
The system makes it easy to assign or revoke access to each door in a flexible manner. Any smartphone user can be granted access to a door or group of doors for a defined period of time. For example, you can give your guests access for a weekend or even give people access during specific hours of the day.
3. Lutron Mobile App
The Lutron Mobile App lets you control your shades, lights, keypads, temperature and more from your mobile device. Set your home to a comfortable temperature when returning from a trip, ensure lights aren’t left on and shades aren’t left open while you’re away.
Schedule tasks to happen automatically at set times of day, or based on sunrise and sunset. Turn on your porch light at dusk, turn it off at dawn or open your shades in the morning to wake up with the sun. The app is compatible with Serena Motorized Shades.
4. Touchscreen Faucet
The Tyent UCE-9000 Turbo Water Ionizer is the most high-tech faucet that you’ll find. This faucet not only has a built-in touchscreen and a water purifier, it also allows you to control the pH levels of the water, creating alkaline or acidic water with the touch of a button. Features include dual spouts (both adjustable), capacitive power button on top, voice-guided announcements, and an automatic self-cleaning function.
It’s the first appliance of its kind to feature a CPU-managed power supply, ensuring optimal operation and safe use every step of the way.
5. Twin Washing Machine
Now you can do two separate loads of laundry at the same time. This twin washing machine by LG has a bottom drawer that can wash your delicates so you don’t have to wait.
This is an entirely new washing machine category; a front-loading washer that enables two separate loads to be washed simultaneously. With a space-efficient mini-washer in the pedestal, overall cycle times are reduced with fewer loads required. Features include faster wash cycles, WiFi and NFC capability, which means an array of intriguing smart connectivity options, including compatibility with LG’s HomeChat messaging service.
6. ChefJet Pro 3D Food Printer
3D Systems’s new ChefJet Pro is a 3D printer that prints real, edible, delicious candies of all different shapes and sizes. 3D Systems says they’re the world’s first 3D food printers. The ChefJet uses a combination of sugar and water that actually creates a sugar frosting in real time. Candies can be made in incredibly complex shapes, all edible, of course. 3D printing is an interesting new technology, and food might become one of its most popular applications.
Stop living in the past—it’s time to bring your home into the 21st century.
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