Turn your domicile into a sophisticated showhome with the latest and greatest gadgets and gizmos. Featuring visionary designs and innovative concepts brought to fruition through the finest materials, our to-guide of exciting gadgets will ensure your interiors are not falling behind in the style stacks.
Best for the Kitchen: Smart Self-Cleaning Fridge
This futuristic fridge is the unique, collaborative vision of scientists from the University of Central Lancashire and online supermarket Ocado. The primary goal of the smart self-cleaning fridge is to minimize waste. This includes everything from energy to actual food.
It not only stores food like an ordinary fridge but also orders food when supplies are diminishing. This modern take on a household essential will even tell you what to cook with your leftovers. Perfect if you are feeling uninspired in the culinary department.
Other practical and ingenious functions include its ability to move the food around on its shelves based on the expiration dates. This ensures that food waste is kept to a minimum. It does this using ‘nano articulated technology’ which moves the independent tiles in the fridge accordingly based on which foods need to be consumed first.
As there is a large LCD screen in the door, this shows you what the exact contents of your fridge entails, meaning you not only save energy but also money – great for our ever increasingly busy, modern lives.
Although this is still an idea in the making, this unique marriage of practicality with innovative design is likely to change the way we eat, buy and store food, if it ever comes to fruition due to its convenience and accessibility…watch this space.
Best for the Living-room: Holographic Television
Like the Smart Self-Cleaning Fridge mentioned above, the Holographic Television is also an innovative idea which hasn’t made it into the production line yet but due to its ingenuity, felt it deserved a mentioned. The Holographic Television if ever brought to fruition may revolutionise the way we watch television. The key functions of this device is to enable the user to view programmes in 3D without having to wear 3D glasses. The way it will work is images will be projected into the middle of a room so they can be viewed from every angle, creating in effect a floating 3D virtual reality. This idea is synonymous with the word ‘futuristic’ – what has always seemed too far-fetched and seemingly impossible is now looking increasingly more likely.
Best for the Home Study: HP Designjet Color 3D Printer
If you work in the creative industries and want to produce affordable, high quality, 3D printing then the 3D printer is a must have for your working environment. Hewlett Packard, a tour de force in the printing department have pushed the boundaries of creative reproductions further with their Designjet Color 3D Printer. This exceptional device enables the user to create precise, highly durable plastic models and prototypes which are authentic reproductions of their original designs. It can also be networked to enable easy, accessible workgroup sharing.
HP prides itself on its easy-to-use products, thus saving you precious time and money. In order to make a return on investment, all you need to do is print between 5 and 10 models a month, making it more effective than outsourcing. Choose from eight vibrant colours to ensure your hard work comes to maturation in the highest quality possible.
Best For Relaxing: Eero Aarnio Ball Chair
Although, strictly speaking not a gadget, it’s probably the most futuristic looking piece in this article. No futuristic batchelor pad could be without one of these iconic chairs, ideal for formulating plans for world domination (or more realistically, watching football).
The New York Times has described the Eero Aarnio Ball Chair as one of the most comfortable chairs ever made and it’s also one of the most instantly recognisable ever chair designs.
It was designed in 1966 and is sometimes referred to as the globe chair. It’s truly amazing to think that such a simple piece, designed around the ball, can still manage to look so futuristic as proof its design has truly stood the test of time.
What are your favourite futuristic pieces for the home? Please let me know in the comments
Article by Steve James
Steve James is obsessed with gadgets and good design. He also loves reading about technology, drinking cups of tea and is a blogger for UK based luxury furniture company SwivelUK.