It’s hard to imagine the future when the now is full of technological advances that only a few years ago we would have found impossible to conceive. Today everyone has a smartphone that keeps them organised, in touch and up to date with the latest news and more. Tablets are just as popular, with us able to read a book, watch a film, speak to someone on the other side of the world all at the touch of a screen, the world we live in is full of ground-breaking technology so what could possibly be next?
Technology and interior design aren’t necessarily two concepts that you would put together, but the Openarch project from Spanish architecture firm Think Big Factory have combined them with awe inspiring results. Openarch is a smart home, not a plan of a smart home on a computer screen, but a real prototype. It is the first home designed from scratch to incorporate a digital layer connecting the house and its elements to the internet. An adult playground, the house is fully interactive using every surface. The gestural interface developed by Openarch completely breaks the limitations of interacting with a computer through a screen, mouse and keyboard. Its unique ability to transform means it can adapt to any condition the user requires.
Everything in the house can be used to communicate, the interface is ubiquitous. Through projections that are activated by the presence of a person, everything can be controlled with the movement of the hands: the lights; turning on any electrical household appliances; music; even connecting to Skype for a conference from any part of the house. Once connected to the internet, any device can be managed and switched on and off from anywhere in the world, and even controlled by mobile phone, tablet, or from any device which is connected to the internet.
Fed up off the layout of your home? Move the walls to create an open plan style in an instant. Bored of your wallpaper? Change it in a wave of your hand. This smart home is set to revolutionise the way we live our day to day lives, as well as the future of interior design.