Dr. Ian Pearson is a futurologist who analyses trends in technology
Futurologist Ian Pearson – who predicts coming trends with an 85% accuracy rate – thinks there’ll be alarm clocks to monitor our dreams. The home of 2025 will tell you when you’re running out of milk, analyse your health when you’re brushing your teeth, and even have intelligent toilets.
He told the Sunday People : “We’re not talking Blade Runner here. There aren’t going to be a load of androids running around.
“It will be about improving and developing the tech that already exists – making it more efficient and cheaper.”
“You can already see how things are changing. People are getting rid of big, bulky boxes like stereos and TVs. Cables are going as well. There are more portable, cordless things.”
Ian, who makes predictions on subjects including football, sleep and security, thinks the falling cost of technology means things that currently cost hundreds – or even thousands – of pounds will become more affordable and commonplace.
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He added: “The technology to integrate screens will be dirt-cheap. So you’ll be able to have them on pretty much any surface – as well as projectors to beam 3D images into your home.
“But apart from really hardcore geeks, people will be picking up this technology a bit at a time. It’s going to be a gradual change.”
A typical day in the 2025 home
“There’s nothing worse than waking up in the middle of your sleep cycle. We’ll have alarm clocks that will monitor your breathing or use sensors to pick up electrical impulses from your skin.
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“They’ll work out exactly where you are in your sleep cycle. So if you need to get a bus at 8am but you’re near the end of a dream at 7am it will be able to give you an extra five minutes.
“That way, you wake up more refreshed and in a better mood. They’re going to be very popular.”
In the bathroom
“Your bathroom mirror is going to have video overlay. When you’re washing your face or brushing your teeth you’ll be able to get the schedule for the coming day.
“You could maybe have the news on in the corner of it or a weather forecast. It will also have a camera built-in. This could pick up changes to your skin – blood vessels and the like – and give you a health report.
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“There could also be smart toilets which could have massive health benefits.
“They would analyse whatever you put in there and let you know if you were eating right, were properly hydrated or needed to see a doctor.”
“If you like a bit of morning exercise then there will be all sorts of wearable technology that can help you.
“We will see shorts or jogging bottoms with built in sensors to monitor heart-rate, circulation and keep track of your morning run or bike ride. There have been reports of a ‘super suit’ this week that can deliver extra power – making you stronger, basically.
“At the moment they would set you back about £50,000. But by 2025 they’ll be about £500. You could really frighten the neighbours by jogging past them at super-speed.”
“I personally can’t see much call for a fridge that tells you you’re running out of milk, but you will probably be able to get one.
“Fridges will have displays though. You’ll be able to leave video messages and notes. They will also probably be linked to supermarkets. So you’ll be able to work out what you need and order it in pretty seamlessly.
“Cereal boxes will have built in displays showing things like adverts or puzzles for you to do at breakfast time. Your kitchen table will also be a display surface.
“You’ll be able to have breakfast with 3D colleagues or friends – a bit like Princess Leia in Star Wars. And I think AI in the home will have a 3D avatar that will tell you about the day ahead.
“It will probably do it in quite a cheerful way. It will tell you about meetings with the boss but also remind you that you’re going to the pub for lunch.”
“You should still be reading a newspaper like the Sunday Mirror in 2025. I think people will still want their news presented to them in that form. It might be an electronic edition or it might be a hard copy.
“But the beauty of a newspaper is the arrangement of the stories and the expertise involved. It’s not just a random collection of stories like most news websites. You’ll also be able to ask for video clips on demand, screened to any of the surfaces you might have round the house.”
“You’ll be able to be in touch with your house at all times. Already there are things around where you can turn the lights off or put the heating on. I think we’ll see video access, so you can let people in to deliver food or check the gas by remote.
“It will mean there’ll be no more waiting in for packages. There’ll also be more and more drones – particularly from a security point of view.
“They will be able to keep an eye on things. For example, if your home AI picks up an unusual noise, you’ll be able to send a drone to check it out.
“And if you suddenly think ‘I left the bedroom window open,’ you can dispatch a drone to reassure you.”
“Self-driving cars are just starting to appear. I think it will be the end of car ownership. If you need to get somewhere you’ll just order one of these things and they’ll take you to where you want to go.
“It will cut down commuting time and be cheaper than taxis.”
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“When you get home, the AI will tell you what you’ve got in the cupboards and suggest recipes. Again, it will be easy for the AI to pick up trends in what you like to eat and come up with something you’re going to like.
“Recipes could be displayed on worktops. People don’t really want to use laptops or tablets in the kitchen where they can get hot or dirty.
“And you don’t really want to be cutting meat on an easily scratched screen. So the kitchen will be able to project images from points built into the ceiling or walls.
“You could have a replica Jamie Oliver standing next to you telling you how to cook spaghetti bolognese. If you wanted.”
“Computer games will be virtual reality. Again, it’s tech that’s already here but it’s a bit pricy. By 2025 VR will be much cheaper and everyone will have it.
“As well as games, there are all sorts of practical uses. If you were looking a holiday, for example, you’d be able to go to the hotel you were thinking of booking and have a look round the room.
“By the time you got round to booking, your kids will have already virtually been to the resort and told you exactly where you were going to go and where you would be staying.”
“You’ll be able to control all sorts of things in the bedroom. If you were particularly health concisous, your pillow and sheets will be able to keep track of how you’re sleeping.
“And I think we’ll see self-adjusting fabrics. So your bedding will be able to alter its own temperature to make you feel more comfortable. It will also be able to change strength and texture.
“So it might give you a crisp feeling pillow, or soft sheets, or the feeling of silk. It might even change colour depending on what you were in the mood for.”