Technology has revolutionized households in the last 10 years, from the proliferation of smartphones and voice assistants to the introduction of smart appliances. As more and more people discover the convenience of this technology, it’s likely that smart devices are going to become fixtures within homes.
So what’s the next revolution on its way to every “smart” home? Below, 12 experts from Forbes Technology Council detail the devices and technology that may become a regular feature in homes within the next decade.
1. AI-Powered Sensors
AI-powered sensors in smart appliances and devices that are able to respond to voice and gesture commands—even intelligently process image and video recordings—will be in every smart home. Such capabilities will automatically be able to operate home appliances, open the curtains, order pizzas, automatically replenish standard groceries when supplies are low and more. –Oliver Tan, ViSenze
2. Smart Locks
Ten years from now, physical keys will be a thing of the past. Any type of entrance— from a regular front door to a driveway gate, a garage or an elevator—will automatically know if I have access to it. If I do, it will just magically open. This experience will enable a new generation of smart locks that will be compatible with any type of lock that’s out there, doing far beyond what current locks do. – Eric Trabold, Nexkey, Inc.
3. Advanced Presence Detection
With the proliferation of mesh wireless networks, it becomes easy to use the ambient signals to detect motion in the home without dedicated motion sensors. This can be used to better control energy consumption by adjusting lighting and environment based on where people are in the home. Also, voice assistants will be able to tailor their actions to their location without needing explicit instruction. – George Alan Heimel, Square360 Inc.
4. Voice-Powered Everything
Human beings are wired for voice-powered digital experiences, and a whole generation of users is growing up exposed to voice user interfaces from birth. As these children who view technology like Alexa as “a part of the family” mature, it’s hard to envision a future where voice is not the primary human-to-machine interface for most digital interactions inside the home. – William Francis, ENO8
5. Smart Surfaces
The next step beyond OLED televisions is merging display and input devices into every surface in a home, including windows, counters and walls. Large touchscreen displays are already used in conference rooms to the same end, and the next step is “wallpapering” your home with technology. – Arie Trouw, XYO
6. Medical Diagnostic Systems
We already monitor various aspects of our health through wrist-worn devices like heart monitors and single-lead EKGs. Imagine a host of noninvasive devices to monitor blood pressure, glucose levels, blood oxygenation, cholesterol, and kidney and liver function—all from the comfort of your home. These devices would serve as an early-warning system about problems with our health and well-being. – Chris Kirby, Retired
7. Smart Lighting
Disrupting the old is cool. More innovation is coming with basic home features. I adopted home automation early and see the most advancements in lighting. I never hit a light switch. This will become the norm. With built-in intelligence that monitors motion (available today) and preferences (color, brightness, etc.), light switches will go away. No more telling the kids to turn the lights off! – Jim Higgins, Solutionreach
8. Augmented Reality
With the wide adoption of speech-based assistants in smart homes, the next frontier is augmented reality. Combined with AI, AR will empower you to do everything—from communication to cooking or changing a washer on your water heater—aided by visual overlays and contextual information. – Matthew Wallace, Faction, Inc.
9. A ‘Butlerobot’
In the last 10 years, we have seen a lot of smart tech demos. Some of it, such as voice assistants, has already made it to consumers, while some of it functions perfectly in lab settings, like robotic dogs from Boston Dynamics. The next 10 years will bring it all together, make it more useful and ready for the masses. Your “Butlerobot”—a butler-robot, with Jarvis being the most common name—will make your life easier. – Vikram Joshi, pulsd
10. Smart Textiles
Textiles have provided a fundamental functionality from the very beginning, and that has not changed significantly over the years, centuries and millennia. However, embedding technology into textiles to provide new experiences is the next big opportunity. There are some examples of it in sports/fitness, but it has not grown much. I expect that using market-back innovation will help develop new experiences. – Qaizar Hassonjee, Hass Tech Associates, LLC
11. 3D Printers Of Supplements
I think 3D printers of personalized supplements might be the next trend to take over smart homes in the next 10 years. Home devices, gadgets and wearables will collect and analyze personal health data daily to identify nutrient deficiencies and print custom-made supplements on demand. – Sergey Young,Longevity Vision Fund
12. Smart Battery Technology
The future of energy will be based on renewable sources like solar and wind, and smart home technology will power these energy systems. Smart homes will use improved battery technology to store extra energy, and they will connect those battery systems to smart thermostats, energy usage monitoring and analytics, and mobile applications to enable efficient energy usage and tremendous cost savings. – Ron Cogburn, Exela Technologies