The current Time magazine has a cover picture of a radical looking house and the topic of the issue is "The Smarter Home" describing the house of the future with the technology to make it function efficiently. My mind boarded the Hooterville Train to nostalgia and visited Stella, who was 83 in the late 60s. Newfangled caused her to blurt, "I jist ain't never heerd of sich a thing."
Coming to a store near you, a solar powered water heater that will pay for itself in eight years. It will not function that long and will need repair or replacement in that time frame. I think I will keep my old heater. A water pebble in your shower will tell you when you have used 15 gallons and should quit even if you are still soapy. A toilet washlet ($650) in your toilet will cleanse your "Dairy Air" and reduce the cost of 185 rolls of TP the average household uses per year. That will buy a lot of TP
A laundry pod is a hand-powered laundry unit that uses less water and no electricity to wash your clothes in about 10 minutes. Bet me that the average American is going to trade in her Kenmore for a hand cranked one. Why not just go back to the creek and beat clothes on a rock.
Other coming attractions include doors, locks, light bulbs and sprinkler systems that talk to one another and prioritize your needs; a machine that will text you when a child runs out of the house without eating breakfast; a device that will allow you to close or open all windows from a distant location; a monitor that tells you if a faucet is running, if any lights are on, if the thermostat is set, doors are locked, if the TV and other techno devices are on, the kitchen range is on or off, and then either turn them off or on as needed from another location. Wowsydoodle!
A hub will sense when you enter the house, turn on the TV, start cooking, reset the thermostat, water plants, adjust window treatments, brew coffee, vacuum, deliver messages and cool your drink. The refrigerator will keep inventory and generate grocery lists. A device will sense your body temperature and activate AC or furnace. An imbedded device will monitor your weight and gauge your diet, exercise and lifestyle; a pet bowl will dole food automatically; An electronic toothbrush that tracks your brushing habits and offers tips; a stuffed animal with sensors that monitor kids' heart rate, oxygen levels and body temperature.
This is my conclusion on this whole matter. Those who live in the future who seek long-term, secure, employment should consider the field of "Household technology technician. With all of that technology all households will require a live-in "techhie." We don't have much technology now but it requires constant repair, replacement, maintenance, updating, and dusting. I'm with you Stella, "I jist ain't never heerd of sich a thing."
Larry Vandeventer. Go to my website -- Larryvandeventer.com -- and purchase my books. I grew up North of Calvertville and Graduated from Worthington High School and Indiana State 4 Times. Contact me at Goosecrick@aol.com or 317-839-7656.