I need answer’s: What will the home of the future look like?

My Dad has always been into technology, and is the reason I fell in love with technology before I hit double digits.

He is taking me to a cool meeting today at 3 pm EST to discuss the fundamental question:

“What will the house of the future REALLY look like?”

This group has grant money and are looking to build the house that we need to have in 10 years TODAY!

The focus is energy efficiency and technology. The reason I'm going is to talk about the student of the future AND the content creator of the future (which I feel like a lot of us are living now.)

If you post a comment in the next hour, I'll get it. Otherwise, you can direct message me at coolcatteacher on twitter. (Just sign into Twitter and type dm coolcatteacher and then your thoughts.) It will then text it to my cell phone.

I want to demonstrate to the others just how connected we are and how things are working now with your answers on my cell.


(Oh, and if you come across this later, still leave your message, I'll forward it to the group. Doesn't this grant sound too good to be true? I wish it was my house they were building!?)

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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. November 8, 2007 - 5:11 pm

The home of the future will have wireless access built into it. There will be locations in the kitchen for monitors alongside fridges and stoves for recipe viewing. There will be no place for landlines. Living rooms will again be focused around people instead of tvs, which they have been since the 50s. Roombas will have direct sockets they to which they navigate for recharging in between vacuuming the floors automatically. And don’t forget the Bunn coffeemaker in the kitchen!

kimnjerry November 8, 2007 - 5:42 pm

The home of the future will focus on energy efficiency: the energy needed to produce the components of the house, as well as the energy needed to heat and run it.

Much housing will be with materials like straw bale: less expensive to create and transport in an age of declining oil.

Design and materials will focus on alternative energy: efficient solar panels and solar capturing/retaining windows, water recycling, smaller homes (for smaller families), information/entertainment centers combining computer with flat-screen television; “smart” appliances to monitor and control energy/water usage.

the home will be more of a “cocoon,” as Faith Popcorn describes it.

Computer and video game producers will – and already are- produce games which combine entertainment, entertainment, and body response. For example, the more relaxed you are, the higher the balloon will fly. The better you concentrate, the faster the plane will fly.

keith.hamon November 8, 2007 - 6:22 pm

Most home appliances will have built-in intelligence and environmental awareness. They will be able to monitor what is happening in the kitchen/bathroom and to respond to changing situations. They will be able to communicate with other appliances to get work done.

The home will be energy-efficient. Period.

Little boxes (rooms) will be replaced by dynamic, intelligent spaces, which can morph to accommodate different uses.

APIs will allow other spaces (work, church, sidewalk cafe) to flow into & out of the home.

TylerM November 8, 2007 - 6:37 pm

Well, the nameless user who commented before this seems to have some accurate ideas. Maybe a little too futuristic, though, like with the sockets mentioned. But then again, it could happen. I was thinking that it would be somewhat similar to today’s lifestyle. Easier-to-use appliances and whatnot would become a staple, no doubt.

Carolyn Foote November 8, 2007 - 6:14 pm


The home of the future will have electronic pads throughout the house where you can set your devices (cell phone, laptop, whatever) to recharge quickly without any cords.

It will have media integrated into the kitchen so you can find things easily at the touch of a button.

It will have self cleaning floors, sinks, ovens, curtains, etc.

It will be energy efficient and use green building materials, like recycled flooring, ecologically sound paint, etc.

Homes will be more like lofts, with more homes grouped together to build community and conserve energy.

But outdoor areas will be incorporated to add to the sense of community and comfort.

Neighborhoods will have more paths and bicycle friendly(or sedgway friendly areas.)

So basically, the ideas of ecology, nature, technology, and community will be part of the new home.

Downes November 9, 2007 - 9:46 pm

> What will the house of the future REALLY look like?”

Crowded. It’s going to be a lot more expensive to build houses, even after the crash of housing prices, and the cost of heating and air conditioning will make large houses impractical. Additionally, incomes – expecially American incomes – will drop significantly (you may not have noticed, but your incomes have dropped 20 percent in the last year as the dollar falls).

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