You may remember the old-fashioned movies, magazine articles and theme park exhibitions about the futuristic house of tomorrow; of the marvelous technology that the far-off year 2000 would bring. Looking back on it now of course a lot of what they imagined would be true back in 1949 was just for fun and could never really happen (but I still want a house that folds up into a 2×2 box I could pack as hand luggage).

However, there were a lot of fantastic-looking features to these impossibly futuristic homes that are now commonplace and that we take for granted.

Self-Cleaning Homes

While we may still be a fair few years away from our own personal robot maids, automated vacuum cleaners like the ones imagined back in 1959 can cost less than $100 these days and can be found in pretty much online or in any department store around the world.

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Video Telephones

Long before they imagined mobile phones, people were dreaming of video phones that would let them actually see the faces of who they spoke to in glorious black and white.

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Nowadays of course video intercoms are readily available and modern TV, smartphones and tablets all act as video phones with such regularity that we barely even notice anymore. Camera integrated intercoms provide better security, ideal for all types and sizes of smart home.

TV walls

Granted we don’t really have the technology to create an entire “3D Color TV Wall Panel” as shown in the illustration below (and an entire wall of TV would probably be a bit too much), iHomes technology does have central video servers which link to every TV in the home. This allows for video from one unique source to be shared in various locations around the house and paired with top of the line video products which make your system both smart and luxurious.

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Temperature Controlled Environments

aka Electrical Heating Units

It seems the dreamers of the past had high aspirations when it came to personal helicopter landing pads and indoor moving staircases in every home, but failed to dream up anything more inspiring that a simple “Electrical Heat Unit” for the house of tomorrow.

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Intelligent and automated temperature control systems are some of the foremost technologies incorporated into smart homes, being both more efficient and economical than the old-fashioned thermostat.

Thumbprint Scanners

In the Back to the Future Movies thumbprint scanners were used for everything from paying for cabs to ID and even opening your front door. The technology for fingerprint recognition has been present for years and the iPhone even adopted it as an unlock feature for its recent models. Thumbprint scanners are available as today as door entry technology so you can simply scan your thumb instead of fumbling around for your keys.

The House of Today

The house of tomorrow may have seemed like a fun idea, but in truth the wide variety of technology for smart home automation that is available today is, in many ways, even more fantastic. Click here to find out more about what’s available today.