You know you want a house that's self-aware, self-cleaning, and run by computers that anticipate your every need. Well, maybe the self-awareness is a little creepy, but the rest sounds just fine. Just think - in a century, you'll be able to press a button and rearrange your dining room into a dance floor, or morph your lovely summer home into an armored eco-fortress. But why play catchup with the Jetsons tomorrow when we've got ten home improvements that will let you build the ultimate futuristic house today?
(Image by Stacy Lynn Baum.)
1. Guard robots
For just a couple hundred bucks, you can keep an eye on your house remotely with a tiny guard robot on treads called Spykee. It has a little camera, and even a speaker so you can follow your pets around and talk to them while you're out of the house. Or you can snap pictures of intruders before informing them that you've just called Robocop.
2. A computer that wakes you up, kicks you out of bed, and makes your breakfast
X10 is a simple protocol that allows devices to communicate over electrical lines - that means it lets a computer tell your appliances to turn on and off. You can buy X10 kits for a few hundred dollars, and control all of your home gizmos via the web - so you could create a program that turns on your coffee pot and starts microwaving your oatmeal ten minutes after your alarm goes off and the actuators under your bed push you up into a sitting position.
3. Atmosphere domes for growing food
If you're living in the future, then you need to plan how you're going to live off the grid - hopefully using a geodesic dome, because that's just cool. Luckily, there are lots of plans online for building a personal geodesic dome greenhouse to feed yourself and your family after peak oil and the collapse of factory farming.
4. Chairs that mold to your ass
Every good spaceship seems to have chairs that magically mold to your ass. So your house is going to need them too. Luckily, we have "memory foam," which molds to all your parts. It's sort of creepy but definitely does the trick.
5. Artificial pets
From Rags the dog in Sleeper, to the replicant owl in Blade Runner, the artificial pet is clearly a sign of living in the world of tomorrow. And of course robot dogs are practically commonplace in the world today - as are robot dinosaurs.
6. Rooms that rearrange themselves
You're one step closer to a house that can morph into something new at the touch of a button with Space Flavor's mobile rooms on wheels. These lightweight rooms can be moved around and rearranged - and if you put them on electrified tracks, you could easily control them remotely with a home network.