Smart homes of the future


From health monitoring panic rooms to kitchens that run themselves, by 2071 our homes are set to see huge changes, according to insight from a leading smart tech expert.

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The electric heating and technology innovators at Rointe have partnered with tech expert Cecilia Harvey, founder of Tech Women Today, to reveal what a typical smart home could look like by 2071 and how this will affect our ability to enjoy a more energy efficient, economical and sustainable lifestyle.

Living space will automatically adjust to your needs

If arguments about heating and electricity bills dominate your household, by 2071 this could be no more. A centralised utility that supports heating, electricity and air conditioning could help to make energy consumption much more efficient and sustainable and will allow the home to adjust to individual needs.

Cecilia explains: “Smart meters will incorporate data from sensor technology embedded in clothing, accessories and furniture. The meters will dynamically adjust based on your personal biometrics, meaning that each room in your home will always be at the optimum temperature to suit your comfort levels, whether that’s staying cool whilst working out in your living room or keeping warm at bedtime. Instead of traditional radiators and towel rails taking up space, heating could be embedded within the structure of your house, including the walls, floors and around the window to ensure efficiency.”

Antonio Dengra, CEO at Rointe, comments: “Smart electric radiators and heating solutions are already readily available and are so beneficial for the environment due to increased energy efficiency, meaning that 100% of the electricity you use and pay for directly converts into heat. However, not only will the future of heating mean that your home is more comfortable, it will help to substantially reduce carbon emissions by automatically adjusting based on your individual needs.”

Your kitchen will virtually run itself

Does the thought of preparing a meal after a busy day at work fill you with dread? Not a problem, as your smart kitchen will have you covered by taking the inconvenience out of prepping meals.

Cecilia comments: “In the kitchen, you won’t need to worry if cooking isn’t your strong point, as smart kitchen appliances could do all the hard work for you. From ovens and hobs that track ingredients and cooking temperatures to ensure that you never over or under cook a meal, to a fridge that automatically restocks and alerts you to out-of-date food, your kitchen could take all the hassle out of preparing meals.”

Panic rooms will offer added security

Homes could be built with a basement panic room for added security and peace of mind in case of an emergency.  

Cecilia says: “Panic rooms could include reinforced windows and doors, a smart assistant built into the wall for home surveillance and a health monitoring bed that observes health vitals and alerts medical authorities when needed. For security purposes, the room could only be accessible based on approved biometric readings for individuals living in the house.”

Homes will be safer than ever before


Forget double locking your home and leaving your curtains closed when you leave the house, by 2071 homes will reach optimum levels of security and safety features.

Cecilia explains: “Each room of the home could be fitted with biometric sensors that detect all movement and recognise when individuals walk into a room, with entry to certain rooms only granted based on approved readings. You could be automatically alerted of any potential hazards, such as a young child entering a room alone, leaking pipes or solar panels not charging. In addition, every person that enters your home could have their biometrics scanned and security checks could automatically be carried out to capture relevant data.”

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About Hayley Gilbert

Hayley Gilbert is a freelance interiors journalist with 20 years’ experience in the industry. Specialising in all things kitchens, Hayley has contributed to a wide range of consumer titles such as Beautiful Kitchens, EKBB, KBB, Grand Designs, House Beautiful and Ideal Home, as well as national newspapers including The Sunday Times.... @HaylGilbert /

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