Smart phones – and mobile devices as a whole – have changed the at-home relationships of many people. Emails, text messages and web are no longer restricted to the desktop, and are now commonly accessed in bed and while performing other tasks.
Likewise, alarm clocks and other single-function devices are being kicked out in favour of multi-purpose machines able to provide a number of functions.
The reign of the smart device in the augmented reality home may come to an end sometime in the near future, as these smart technologies become part of homes themselves.
Technology integration in the home
In place of a mobile phone, a home owner will return home, greeted by the house itself. Upon arrival in the kitchen, dinner suggestions, emails and weather for the weekend will be displayed on the fridge or even windows, through smart glass technologies.
Possibly, a higher concentration of video adverts with richer content will follow as the glass is used in public places, though a high cost will likely see this take longer than home developments.
Glass manufacturer Corning wants to spearhead this augmented reality smart glass future, with plans for strong, durable glass able to perform a variety of functions.
In a series of concept videos released by the company, plans were outlined for glass which could change opacity, integrate with tablets and phone, display video and even send information to cars. This type of glass technology is certainly a clear evolution of current smart TVs, and natural progression of computers as a whole.
Seamless integration of augmented reality technologies in the home likely won’t be far off as display technologies continue to advance. Following their arrival, home life will certainly be a different experience.