We see that homes are getting more and more smart technology every year. We can expect to see automated monitoring for cooling and heating as well as more advanced controls for ovens and bathtubs. We have robots that can vacuum the home as well as feed and take care of the pets. Technology also has the ability to change the way we look at our homes. It is quite possible to have digital butlers, to create tailored activities as well as choose your own digital pictures.
Is it possible that we have reached the apex of technology? We have seen the digital aspect of life invade every aspect of our being. There is already a large demand for tech-free spaces, so one could expect to see tech-free buildings in the future. In time, we may see that consumers long for a communal area for face to face interaction due to the digital world encroaching upon us.
Apartments seem as though they are getting smaller, yet consumers long to have all of the amenities they are used to. However, due to modular and movable housing, it is quite possible to enjoy all of the comforts one is used to in just (20 sqm: query 20m2?).
Yet, it is important to realise that this type of housing is not affordable. One must decide if this is well worth the cost. Many find that the co-living model is much more appealing with the addition of sleeping pods that allow access to communal space through co-working and co-living.
As concern about the environment becomes more relevant, we can expect to see much larger changes. One of those has been the accessibility of environmentally friendly materials. There are carpets available that can convert carbon into oxygen as well as porous building materials that enable the growth of green walls as well as moss.
Waste and food packaging can be minimised through the use of on-site food production as well as grocery sharing. We can create and store energy on-site through the use of solar panels and smart windows as well and energy that is kinetically produced by gym equipment. In order to protect the environment for future generations, consumers are going to be forced to look at the validity of the amenities they are used to in apartment living.
Finding the right solution for insomnia is expected to become a £60-billion industry by 2020. Individuals will be able to use dream machines in an effort to enhance their quality of sleep through sound waves and lighting as well as monitoring sleeping patterns. One can set reminders to hydrate and exercise through sleep butlers and have smart beds regulate their body temperature.
However, before we become fully engrossed in sleeping, it is important to understand what is needed for a good night’s sleep: a good mattress, ambient lighting, and the right acoustics. The light and sound from tech have the ability to disturb sleep. Consumers very well may be on the verge of a complete tech blackout.
Virtual reality is not only a form of entertainment but has the ability to create a full community. It is possible that virtual space could soon replace the residents’ lounge. It is quite possible to create an enhanced meeting area through the use of virtual reality. In fact, there have already been several prototypes created and used with consumer groups to see the validity of virtual spaces.
What to Expect Next?
New technology is going to be constantly created and hospitality leaders are going to look for ways to use that technology to improve their products. While change is usually good, one must note a side of caution. The industry must be mindful of their customers and understand that there could always be potential backlash over too much technology. The use of technology should only be used in an effort to enhance a consumer’s experience. It is expected that as time goes on we will continue to see subtle changes as opposed to overly large and dramatic ones.