Faster than a speeding bullet, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound … it’s the mind-bending future of home tech, and it’s hurtling toward us right now! Okay, maybe it can’t leap buildings yet, but based on what I just saw at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, our homes are about to get some seriously useful (and beautiful) new technology. I got a peek at the cutting-edge digital innovations coming to our homes — and here’s what’s coming.
Curved TVs and smartphones. Flat screens may become a thing of the past. I was impressed by the super stylish curved 55″ OLED TVs which feature richer colors and a fuller, more cinematic view than the old rectangles. Prefer to watch Love It Or List It on your smartphone? Consider a curved smartphone (it bends in your hand!), which gives you a mini IMAX experience and also reaches your mouth and ear better. It even has a special coating that can “heal” from scrapes and nicks. Whoa.
Home automation explosion. Can your appliances talk to each other, or send your smartphone a message when you’re low on eggs? They soon will. Whether it’s a crock pot that you can operate from an app, or a lightbulb that’s also a Bluetooth speaker (what?!), it seems like any physical object that isn’t “smart” is just … dumb. Hiring a home automation expert to string them all together just might be a thing of the past too: Systems that offer “universal remotes” for these smart things are making it easy for anyone to have a smart home— even home security — at any price. Home automation is also getting better looking — just check out those trippy speakers.
The kitchen of the future. Things were sizzling in CES’s kitchens! From fridges that turn into freezers at the touch of a button to a concept “kitchen counter of tomorrow” that boils water, texts, pulls up recipes and tells you when to stir (yes, please!), appliances are cooking up fresh ideas. Android-operated oven ranges, and refrigerators that can help with the “what’s for dinner?” question are all on their way to your kitchen in the years to come. Stainless steel is taking a back seat to color and design: Stylish appliances in colors and patterns were a definite trend (would you dress your microwave in an outfit?).
No need for a crystal ball: You can see more of the future in my CES Show Top Tech Trends videos. I predict gorgeous lines, bright ideas, and more proof than ever that home is where the heart— and smart— is.