Can you imagine what our homes will look like years from now? According to the Houses of Tomorrow show in Bluewater they can be full of personal assistant robots, holographic fans and machines that control how calm or focused you are, like Alex Langridge found out.
The Houses of Tomorrow Presenter explains how the gadgets work
When I arrived, the first thing that caught my attention was a holographic fan displaying a photograph of a dog – especially since it was colorful and spinning fast.
It has a four-ray, LED-based rotor that rotates, creating a 3D image that seems to float in mid-air.
Known as HYPERVSN Solo, it now only features pre-uploaded content but I can imagine the technology being taken and used in place of a TV, bringing the drama of EastEnders straight to your front room.
It can even be used for Zoom calls, though I’m not sure my boss hologramming my house would be a selling point.
The bells and whistles at first appealed to me – I’m a sucker for bright colors – but practically, I didn’t see the point of it.
The next thing I introduced was Temi, a robotic, personal assistant, and I was immediately interested.
Making Robots of London voice activated, take a photo, tell a “joke”, move freely around the house safely using built-in sensors, means it won’t crash into your pet, and can be used to charge your phone or as a stand.
Actually, it’s an Alexa on wheels but that doesn’t surprise my eyes.
You can also call Temi when you’re not home and control its movements to keep an eye on how things are going, or if there’s a break-in they can ask to take a picture and follow the thief.
There were a few hiccups when trying it – like not getting told and a little delay in following a requirement – but it’s a robot, what do you expect? Anyway, pretty cool.
Now, I’m not sure how I feel about it. Straight to the bat I think it’s a very good idea but I can see that it puts a downward spiral when it’s in my house.
Just launched last week and still looking for investors, Mynd Play is set up to help you focus, stay calm and, in turn, take control of gear.
Basically, users place the box on focus or calm and then on a level, let’s say 60 focus. Then they wear a headband and try to focus on one thought or activity. If they reach 60 then the appliance connected to it will turn on.
It is done to help mental health and help people practice calm.
I think it’s very clever but since the creators aren’t at the event pretty much I don’t know how it works.
But I found it to fail for me. If I connect it to my lamp and hit the required focus level I will immediately lose focus, which will result in the lamp turning off and my voltage levels going up, the cycle continues as the light flashes and is extinguished. my back.
But now to the stars of the show, it’s still good for me. First, a down draft extraction induction hob.
Bora’s cooking appliance, which costs £ 2,600 according to KitchenHaus suppliers, is like any induction hob but has a built-in extraction fan that eliminates almost 100% of steam or smoke down rather than up, meaning no na. giant unit above your head.
Then the smoke will be released from under or through and out of the house.
I know, I’m easily impressed.
Next, domestic giant Miele’s WWG 660 TwinDos washing machine is said to be very dangerous to wash a rose without losing any petals. I’m not sure why you want that, but it’s enough.
The machine is designed so you don’t have to hand wash any clothes and has a honey drizzle to prevent snapping. Other features include washing laundry dispensers that release the right amount needed per wash, special pods for certain clothes such as no water source and the ability to tell the system what to do. colors, cargo or how dirty your clothes are.
I almost bought one there and then but I don’t think trying to get £ 1,490 back in costs would be much reduced.
The exhibit also showcases the first of its kind bi-directional electric charger called the Quasar Charger.
The manufacturers hope to release it in Europe next year and it will work by storing electricity to charge your car that can be used at home when needed, for example during power outages.
Another gadget on display is a prototype Smart Fork that vibrates when you think your food is too fast, too much or too little to touch.
Overall, I’m a bit impressed with a lot of the products even though I don’t see all of their purpose.
You’ll find a 20-minute show at Bluewater’s Spring Home and Garden event showcasing the best home and garden products from a variety of well-known brands and designers.
Organizer Michael Dynan said: “After the last few years, our homes and gardens have never been more important to us, so it’s great to be able to showcase many of Bluewater’s great products and technologies. .
“It is one of the top retail destinations in the country and being able to bring many new products to their audiences presents a unique opportunity.”
Shoppers can browse brands including Miele-which recently opened a new store in the center-Kutchenhaus, Moda, Easy Bathrooms, Lexus, Sleep ID, Freddies Flowers, Elmeda Grace and more.
John Lewis will offer interior design services and Marks and Spencer will run a competition to win the latest range of garden furniture.
James Waugh, director of the Greenhithe center, added: “The Spring Home and Garden event will be a unique opportunity to browse the latest products from leading retailers-with their own Bluewater brands have been associated with many well -known names from afar. “
The show will be located outside The Village area of the center and will run until Sunday, May 22 between 10am and 6pm.
A lucky guest will also win a Miele Triflex Power Vacuum. For more information, click here.