Future homes will be located in all locations on Earth plus beyond the planet’s atmosphere as well. First, let’s take a look at where some of the futuristic homes of today are located and then make some predictions on where we are headed.
Of course when one talks about future homes it is always tempting to either mention “The Jetsons” or your favorite SciFi movie or TV show. But, let’s ground this discussion in reality for a moment. And while we’re discussing grounding let’s talk about underground homes.
In the U. S. there are approximately 6,000 underground or earth sheltered homes to date. Many of these homes are equipped with advanced energy conservation and generation features such as solar panels, solar windows and smart home technology.
3D printing in the construction industry:
3D printing shows its efficiency and benefits everyday different sectors such as the medical industry or the fashion industry. This technology can really be helpful on many levels, from prototyping to production. It is now possible to think about bigger projects with additive manufacturing, as the large scale 3D printing system is now really improved. It is an asset for the construction field, it allows to rethink totally the manufacturing processes.
3D printer manufacturers perfectly understand all the benefits of 3D printing at a bigger scale, that is why we can see that more and more XL printers are appearing on the market! More specifically, we saw this trend booming at Formnext 2017, a trade show focused on additive manufacturing. Indeed, a lot of companies released large scale 3D printers during this event.
Future Solar Home on Water:
In the near-term we can expect future homes to use similar technology over the entire house. Each future home will be its own power generation station. Many future homes will be tied into the grid so that they may even out power distribution to those homeowners and businesses that have not made the transition yet.
Home wind turbines, home use of geothermal energy and building homes further underground (expanded basements) will become more the norm in the coming years as energy independence and escaping addiction to foreign energy sources becomes a number one national priority.
Future homes of course will take advantage of future robots to do chores such as cleaning and organizing. Some of this technology is happening now. Japanese engineers have made great strides in recently years developing more realistic and functional robotics that can recognize human speech and respond to it or do specific tasks around the house. The “Lazy Brother-in-Law Robot” who sleeps on your couch and drinks your beer is now in its fourth generation.
Smart phone apps that interact with one’s home will increase exponentially over the next few years. Want to check the temperature of your refrigerator, turn on the oven, or start the laundry? Well, there’s an app for that.
And this is just the beginning because there will be apps created to interact with your future home robots to tell them to put food in the oven, clothes in the laundry, feed the cat and clean the bathroom. From your smart phone (or headphone as pictured) you’ll be able to check the supplies in your refrigerator or pantry and order more from the grocery store. Or you’ll use future home automation so that you don’t have to worry about this on a day by day basis as your pre-programmed smart home technology will take care of this for you and you can override it at will by using your phone application.
Futuristic Quick Prefab City Construction Technology:
This technique combines the plus points of cast-in-place construction with the high quality ensured by factory production of the building's architectural details. The basis of the whole system is a new universal wall panel. What makes this solution so original is the fact that this panel serves both as an element of the wall and also as part of the supporting column. The column is cast in place within this wall panel. When the panels are formed, a special gap is left for the column. At the construction site, it is literally 'put onto' the reinforcing steel of what will become the column. Then the gap with the 'rebar column' is filled with concrete.
The result is genuine cast-in-place construction: the steel and concrete become a column, and the column is cast to the panel. And the panels themselves are so precise, smooth, and even that they can be joined together safely and easily using adhesive. The panels are 1,700mm wide. Their height can vary (for instance, 3,100mm, 2,700mm, or 2,500mm) depending on how high the floors are. This kind of 'cast-in-place panel construction' makes it possible to put up reliable, earthquake-resistant buildings of up to 50 stories. This is achieved by using normal cast-in-place construction, light outer walls, and a large number of columns around the building's perimeter: there can be not just one, but two or three reinforced columns inside each wall panel. With the help of this new technique, a high speed of construction can be achieved. For example, a one-story building measuring 25x60 meters (1,200 square meters of usable space) was assembled in five hours. And a team of ten construction workers will need only two months to put up a ten-story residential building. Undemanding, and with excellent insulating properties...
The wall panels can be manufactured using a very wide variety of raw materials, which allows them to be produced in any part of the country. For instance, they can be made from light concretes: expanded clay concrete, gas concrete, pumice concrete, vermiculite concrete, or expanded polystyrene concrete. It is also possible to use concrete made with sawdust, wood chip, felt, textile fibers, etc. This gives the panels excellent insulating properties. If desired, all types of insulation in use today can be employed: poured, filled, or laid. The panels are formed and steamed in a horizontal position, which prevents the insulating material from felting during the concrete hardening process. When the panels have been put onto the steel frame and the concrete poured in, at the construction site, they become a cast-in-place wall along with the overall skeleton of the building. There can be several columns to one panel, and their shapes can also vary: round, or straight-sided. For instance, a single column of 300mm diameter will suffice for a building of up to three stories.
The assembly can also be done in a different way: first prepare and cast the columns, and only add the panel when you are confident there are no gaps and the column meets the specifications. Three thousand panels a day! Our technique is based on industrial manufacturing, at a factory that is almost completely automated. The steel molds are combined with plastic inserts. These thin reusable inserts form the outer surface of the wall panel. The inserts can be used hundreds of times, and once they start to deteriorate they can be crushed into plastic chips and used to make new molds. These repeated reuse of the plastic lowers the cost of panel production. White cement is used for the finishing layer of the faсade, giving a high-quality surface. The molds are cast in a special facility. Each mold is first sprayed with a thin layer of fiber, the composite framework is inserted, and a ceramsite blend is poured on from above. Then vibration is applied, as well as vacuum processing, if required. All the installation details within the mold are already in place, including the ones that leave gaps for the columns. The panels are placed overnight in containers which also serve as steam chambers, where they acquire 40% resilience. The steam chamber takes account of the temperature required for white cement to set.
Future Home Security Using Facial Recognition Software:
Future home security will also be of the utmost importance. Cameras outside the home will integrate with systems inside using facial recognition software to determine friend from foe. This system will be automated so that police can be dispatched when a foe (including any old MoFo) is detected outside your future home.
Seniors will be able to navigate better in the future homes equipped with escalators and moving walkways. All future homes will be built with age appropriate child-proofing already in place that gives different levels of access based upon the age and maturity of each child.
Inappropriate content on the Internet or from the future home entertainment system will be screened automatically in a similar fashion as well. And, all of these systems may be overridden by the adult in charge at any time.
So, to recap, there will be many advantages of future homes. More power and flexibility at your fingertips will make your future home as busy, calm, organized, disorganized, exciting or relaxing as you want it to be at any moment in time.