What will the home of the future be like? We ask those ‘in the know’
The battle for the remote will soon become obsolete as televisions with facial recognition, gesture and voice control move into the lounge rooms of the future.
Liam Ryan, AV/IT specialist from Videopro says that’s just the beginning. He suggests you also look out for:
• Touch pads and mouses for TVs;
• Controlling your TV or video with your phone (never miss a program again!);
• A wireless music system throughout the house that can draw music from anywhere in the world;
• Ultra high definition TV (HDTV); and,
• Sony’s new high res cameras…so you can record the family video in true life clarity.
But Ryan says the most exciting new product in their Fortitude Valley store is the first ever curved organic LED TV. It is 55 inches (1.39metres), 4mm thin and priced at around $8000.
“The screen is curved to fit our vision range; providing equal distance from all parts of the screen to your eyes. It helps the eye to see colour a lot better,” he says.
“The prices are coming down – the protype four years ago was $12,000 and because Panasonic are switching out of plasma and going to LED, we expect them to be a big producer.”
So what does Ryan have in his own home? He confesses to a mix of retro and new technology.
“Vinyl records are coming back because of their audio quality and they are tangible. So I’ve got a record player at home and by contrast an Apple TV.”
Jason Puschmann, managing director of Computer Alliance, Mt Gravatt, says the ‘future home’ will use more streaming services with multiple devices connected.
“It will be a thing of the future when and if we get our NBN, but even with the current technology it is viable,” Puschmann says.
“The same thing is happening in the US; they’ve had cable TV for decades but now they are going to video streaming services. At around $8 a month for a wide range of movies and music in the US, Australia is a long way behind.”
Puschmann says while tablets continue to sell, gaming is a big area with machines priced from $1000 up to $4000.
“Gamers are like car enthusiasts who add to their car; add-ons for the game market are up to the consumer,” he says.
“When the latest games come out like Battlefields 4, we experience huge sales in mid and high-end video cards because the better the video card the better the playing experience. It’s all about frame rates.”
Julie Powell, national sales coordinator from Strong Australia says consumers want digital video recorders and Android products including internet TV.
“These items are starting to pick up,” she says. “We still get a few requests for the set top box but most people have gone digital.”
Powell confesses to having seen an “awful lot of changes over the years. We’ve got a tech savvy household; if it’s new we’ve got it. Even my husband’s TV in the shed is a digital LED.”
At the 2014 CES (international technology conference) held earlier this month, BK Yoon, chief executive of Samsung Electronics unveiled their Smart Home App that lets you control all your connected devices through a single app on your Smartphone or tablet.
Also on offer is Samsung’s “Chef Collection”, which includes an oven that lets users cook two separate dishes at different temperatures at the same time – yes, seriously!
BK Yoon says “The home of the future has to protect, be flexible and be responsive.” Bring it on.