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July 7, 2015

The world can’t keep up with the technology we make. Just a few decades ago, if we were told that we could communicate with loved ones instantly across the world, that would’ve seemed impossible. And that’s what we’d probably say if we had to look into the future: The ideas are incredible.

For example, the world is slowly being introduced to virtual reality, with more and more consumer-produced headsets coming out in the next few years. While designed specifically for gaming, there’s a whole range of uses that it can have for everyone. Consider how it’s being used to sell homes and buildings.

As the Wall Street Journal reports:

‘the $6 million “Sky Lounge” won’t be finished until next year, but Sage Realty Corp. isn’t letting construction hinder renting space in the 850,000-square-foot building. The leasing agents are simply giving virtual-reality tours: Each visitor sits in the marketing office, outfitted with headgear that is coupled with interactive 3-D modeling software.

“I can take you out there right now and you can see the views, but you can’t experience the finishes,” said Jonathan Kaufman Iger, chief executive of Sage, which is managing and leasing the building owned by its parent company, The William Kaufman Organization. “You want to see the seating, the plantings.”’

We’d be able to use VR in our homes, too, to venture into loved ones homes; we can use it to recreate their own experiences as they guide us through adventures they had perhaps overseas.

Another important key is the use of data centres, that can keep track of the home wherever you are. We already use surface areas on iPads and Smartphones – but there’s work to have data appear visually on surface areas wherever we are in the home: This could mean near our lounge suites or in our kitchen.

As TechRadar highlights:

‘As you might expect, the number of screens in the future home will increase exponentially. To avoid overload, the visual information will integrate better into appliances, mirrors, and even the tools and household items you use. There might be flexible display on your cleaning detergent with instructions for use, or a ruggedized display in the garage that reminds you about home maintenance.

Steve Day, a Cheetah Technologies spokesperson, says information will be relative to the task at hand: a screen in the kitchen will report when you are running low on key items like sugar and cereal.’

There’s even speculation about being served by robots, who can plug themselves into walls; further, the focus on security such as retina scans, is already advancing. Nothing should surprise us no matter how unbelievable it may seem.

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