“Open the garage, turn on the stove, and have the news on in the background when I return,” the man says as he drives home from work. He’s speaking to his car via the voice-control system that connects with his home security device, his home automation tools, and back to his driver-less vehicle, smartphone, and watch. The year is 2070 and every device in the home is connected.
This reality isn’t so far-fetched. In 2017, we already have devices that connect smartphone to home, a plethora of home automated devices, and Samsung has even created a smart fridge. The next phase of technology will likely be a wave that connects everything in the home with exterior technologies. This means home security and home automation will have a new look in the next 50 years.
What Will Security Look Like in the Future?
The common joke in the home security world—and even the technological and science fiction world—is that homes and society are on their way to looking like the “Jetsons.” That’s the positive spin, while those who are little more fearful of technology use examples like “iRobot.”
Nonetheless, the technological advancements of fiction are no longer a thing of the past. The next wave will likely see more home automated products. We may even see new forms of home security taking aim to protect our homes. Sunflower Labs in Palo Alto has already raised $21 million to build a flying home security system—also known as drones. So it is not at all far-fetched that we will be seeing drones or airborne home security tools in the near(or distant) future.
Bio-recognition technology could be one of the next phases. Technology and tools that allow the home to be opened, unlocked, and controlled via voice, eyes, fingers, and other parts of the body. This is similar to a “James Bond” style home where access is granted via technological scans. Many home security sensors already have the capability of identifying a human or an animal, so future systems will likely take that even further.
An even greater stretch when it comes to home defense technology—maybe we’ll see sentry guns or other home security weapons and tools that aim at burglars. (Though there’s probably some clearance and practical issues before we can ever purchase those products. Maybe a few laws as well.)
The Future is Bright
The way technology has rapidly advanced in the last few decades can tell us a lot. According to Moore’s Law, “the number of transistors per square inch on integrated circuits has doubled every year since their invention,” which means in laymen’s terms, we may be able to expect technological progress to keep doubling.
In the scenario that tech slows down a bit, at the least we will still see a market that has advanced products that are now multiple generations into their models. This means they will have fixed problems and customers will see a lower-frequency in software glitches, connectivity issues, or any problems that come with new technology.