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More and more often we stumble over the question of how we will live in the future.
In 89 years ago, when the architecture congress "Ciam" took place in Frankfurt am Main, where visionaries from all over Europe came together, it was clear for the most influential architects of the 20th century: Humans need space, warmth, light and air, on the other hand, houses should be flexible instead of rigid structures and adapt to human needs.
The best proof that we already know is that our lifes are subject to a constant change and we have to respond to them in a solution-oriented way.
Is the smart home industry about to a break through?
Well, yes and no. In everyday life, we are still faced with the problem that most products are not yet flexible enough for our needs.
In order for a living space to be perfectly adapted to human needs, companies need – in addition to the product (asset) – the knowledge of the resident (his datafication), moving from target groups to individual customer service. User data enables an ultra customized offer or an individual service that the customer needs at the moment or in the future. However, manufacturers need to gain insights into their so-called "hidden secrets" in order to find out the customer's condition, secret preferences or dislikes. Only with the help of data is it possible to develop intelligent products that are perfectly fit the known and unkown needs.
So how do companies get the data they need?
We try it with a fun fact and boldly take a look at the sanitary area: Would toilets not be the perfect data suppliers – where hardly anything reveals more about a man than his "Biobreak"? Unconventional "DNA screening" is a big step in terms of transparency and the evaluation would be the basis for the artificially intelligent diet. A tablet displays the idael's nutrition plan, orders ingredients independently, and helps the "DIY" cook willing to prepare.
One thing is certain: smart homes are also a clear case of datafication – the modern, technological trend that transforms many aspects of our lifes into computerized data. However the companies will come to the data: one can assume that the most different technologies in the coming years will increasingly be integrated into our living space. Hello smart home!
While previous smart home solutions are usually still made up of individual components – be it the heating, the light or the blinds that are individually controlled – not only will everything be connected in the future, but it will actively support us in our home, that help’s us to reconcile family, health and work.
Living space is then no longer just a building, but rather a "life-partner". And as it should be in a well-functioning relationship. The apartment knows very well about our needs and habits, adjusts itself to us and learns from our behavior with foresight: Be it the room air, room temperature or lighting – everything is then already set, so that we feel good when we come home after work.
A team from the Citec Cluster of Excellence at the University of Bielefeld has now upgraded an apartment with modern technology. And that's the way they imagine the typical smart home in 2024: The "cognihome". Here it is predicted that the small steel stool "mobilo", which is like a vacuum cleaner robot automatically moves water boxes from the front door into the kitchen, could serve the menu in the future even at a candlelight dinner.
But instead of a big robotic surprise party or the command bridge from the spaceship Enterprise you see: a very ordinary apartment. 70 square meters, oak flooring, an L-shaped kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. No electronics boxes hanging on the white walls, no cables running along the white ceiling. Nothing buzzes, blinks or beeps. Ten computers are installed in the apartment, somewhere, you can’t see and hear them. Nevertheless, everything is networked with everything, Cora shows. She is the "virtual dialogue assistant", you can talk to her anywhere in the apartment Cora reminds you of appointments, reads newspaper articles and knows what's going on in the cinema in the evening.
And there is this multifunctional mirror – at the same time a screen that can record a video via a connected camera, where you can watch from behind, show your own clothes live in other colors or try them on virtually. Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?
The kitchen is equipped with intelligent appliances – be it high-rise kitchen units, rising doors or self-opening drawers.
In a few years, as digital dementia continues to increase, will we all be so forgetful that we do not even know where the pots are anymore? Is the average person no longer confident that he can whisk eggs or pre-heat the oven?
In general, many functions in the cognihome are due to their own forgetfulness. The door remembers how the weather is outside, when the next train is leaving and if the stove is off. The wardrobe reminds you to put on a vest and the fitness chair reminds you to correct posture.
"Not everything that we have installed, humans need. (...) These are very individual assistance solutions.The vision is that the cognihome accompanied from an early age to old age and so long to learn from us," explains Thorsten Jungeblut, Project Coordinator of the Cognihome.
Take a look at the "smart booth" and find answers to the question of how we might live: Link
Our customer Electrolux explains the smart home of the future: Link