We now know more than ever before about nature and the universe. We’ve studied the human body and mind to the point that we can create IVR and similar programs that understand something even as complicated as language and speech.
Yet we’re always looking towards the future, and no one can blame us. I mean, after all, the future of tech looks pretty bright considering the leaps and bounds we’ve made over the last 30 years.
These days the future is coming up fast, and, much like the microwave and central heating, it seems the next major lifestyle upgrade is going to come from home.
I’m talking about Smart Houses – the super-integrated and efficient computerized houses that use IVR-like programming to turn your house itself into a digital butler.
We’ve all seen Hollywood’s interpretations of these centers on shows like Eureka and in tons of sci-fi novels over the decades. Today, though, with more advanced speech-recognition and the added boon of internet connectivity, the smart house is finally here.
According to Technology Review Microsoft has begun developing HomeOS, or a system that they hope to integrate into the home to turn itself into a “smart” device, capable of connecting all of your appliances and devices into one multi-faceted machine.
So imagine what Siri did for the iPhone (it’s ability to integrate into native apps and write memos, set reminders and perform other traditionally separate tasks), and apply that to your house.
As with most new tech, however, when and if this system rolls out to mass-market consumer homes, it’s going to come with a hefty price tag.
For those of us without multi-million dollar paychecks, we’ll have to stick to upgrading individual appliances – like Toshiba’s new air conditioner that uses IVR speech-rec to make cooling your room as easy as asking for it – to make our living spaces seem “smarter.”
Regardless, I’m excited for the day when I can start to treat my house like an IVR program and forget about hunting for the remote.