21st Century Homes: An Introduction

21st Century Homes: An Introduction

The following contribution is from another author.

It’s no secret that homes have changed a lot in recent years. Thanks to advances in technology, 21st century homes are smarter, more connected, and more comfortable than ever before. From voice-activated assistants to app-controlled appliances, there’s a gadget for just about everything these days. And when it comes to security, today’s homeowners have more options than ever before. Whether you’re looking for a traditional home security system or something a little more cutting-edge, there’s sure to be a solution that fits your needs.

Take a look at some of the most popular modern home features. We’ll also explore the benefits and drawbacks of living in a connected home. So whether you’re thinking of making some upgrades to your existing home or you’re in the market for a new one, this is for you!

3D Printed Homes

3D printing is a process that can be used to create three-dimensional objects from a digital model. This technology has been around for many years, but it has only recently begun to be used in the home construction industry. There are several reasons why 3D printing is beneficial for home construction.

First, 3D printing is fast. A 3D printed home can be completed in a fraction of the time and cost it would take to build a traditional home, especially because you need a lot of equipment with traditional construction methods. The equipment has to be from reliable brands, too, for the sake of safety; imagine how much it would cost to rent Bobcat mini excavators, Caterpillar mini cranes, and Milwaukee or DeWalt power tools. In 3D printing, you mostly just need industrial construction 3d printers. This is because there is no need for traditional construction methods like framing, pouring, and masonry. Second, 3D printing is affordable. The cost of materials is much lower than the cost of traditional construction materials. Third, 3D printing is environmentally friendly. There is very little waste produced during the printing process, and no harmful chemicals are used.

Finally, 3D printing has the potential to revolutionize the home construction industry. It could soon be possible to print a complete home using a three-dimensional printer. This would eliminate the need for traditional construction methods, which would save time and money. It would also be less harmful to the environment.

Voice-Activated Assistants

One of the most popular smart home features of the past few years has been the voice-activated assistant. These devices, which include Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Home, are designed to make your life easier by responding to commands and completing tasks on your behalf. Voice-activated assistants can do everything from turning on the lights to ordering groceries-and they’re only getting more sophisticated as time goes on.

Of course, not everyone is sold on the idea of having a voice-activated assistant in their home. Some people worry about privacy concerns, while others simply find them unnecessary. But there’s no denying that voice-activated assistants are becoming more and more popular, with voice assistant users projected to reach 153.5 million in the next three years.

App-Controlled Appliances

Another big trend in smart homes is the rise of app-controlled appliances. This industry is rapidly growing, and experts predict the whole industry will be worth $195.2 billion in 2026. App-controlled appliances include devices-such as thermostats, light bulbs, door locks, and security cameras-that can be controlled using a smartphone or tablet. App-controlled appliances offer a number of benefits over traditional models, including increased convenience and energy efficiency. For example, you can use your smartphone to turn off the lights when you leave the house or set the temperature from bed using a Nest thermostat.

While app-controlled appliances are certainly convenient, they do have some potential downsides. One is that they usually require a strong internet connection in order to work properly. Additionally, if you lose your smartphone or remote control tablet, or it they run out of battery, you may not be able to control your appliances until you get it back up and running again.

Security Systems

When it comes to security, 21st century homeowners have more options than ever before-including traditional systems like ADT and Vivint as well as newer companies like SimpliSafe and Ring. There are also plenty of DIY options available if you’re willing to put in some extra work upfront. No matter what type of system you choose, there are several things to keep in mind when selecting a security system for your home. First, consider what type of monitoring you want-self-monitoring (using your own devices and software) or professional monitoring (through a company like ADT or Vivint). Second, think about what types of sensors you need-motion sensors, window/door sensors, smoke detectors, etc.-and where you want them placed throughout your home. Finally, make sure to compare pricing and contracts before making your final decision.

Final Thoughts

Homes have come a long way in recent years thanks to advances in technology. From voice-activated assistants to app-controlled appliances, today’s homes are smarter and more connected than ever before. Of course, with all these new gadgets comes increased responsibility-namely when it comes to security. So whether you’re looking for a traditional home security system or something a little more cutting edge, there’s sure to be a solution that fits your needs. Thanks for reading!


Eric is the creator of At Home in the Future and has been a passionate fan of the future since he was seven. He's a web developer by trade, and serves as the Director of Communication and Technology for a large church in Nashville, TN (where he and his family are building a high tech home in the woods).

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