IoT, cobots, epigenomics, extended reality,… The future is changing while we are in the thick of it. New technologies are entering our living rooms. What impact do they have? And what kind of benefits do they offer us? When data enter our living environment, flexibility, comfort and convenience are key.

Our home as an element for a happier life

Comfort and convenience, that’s what we long for when we are at home. A pandemic emphasizes those requirements and even adds one more: we want our houses to be fit for purpose. We work, work out, we teach, learn… our needs are ever evolving. A house should support these different functions in the most enjoyable circumstances. Where we adapted to buildings in the past, we expect that buildings and infrastructure will adapt to our needs and changing circumstances. Leading to optimized situations and a happier life.

Capture life

Even though we expect our homes to evolve with us, as a human being we grow continuously as well. Capturing and tracking these evolutions, should generate relevant information. But what kind of information are we able to track? How can we track with respect for everyone’s privacy? And in what way can this knowledge lead us to greater well-being? Kurtis Baute, a former science teacher, has tracked his life. In this video he explains how it thoroughly changed his live.

But what kind of information are we able to track? And in what way can this knowledge lead us to greater well-being?

Meet your döppelganger

If the data we track, give a realistic representation of who we are, a personal twin is born. The advantage of such a digital twin is that we are able to simulate our own lives in different scenarios. How healthy will we be in 20 years? How will we look like? The question arises how we deal with such knowledge. Do we want to know the answers? Personalization based on this digital twin can lead to new unexplored business models.

Curious te find out more on the digital twin? Innovation foundation Nesta tells you all about it in this blog. Or have a look at the Solid Project, led by ‘the inventor of the Internet’ Tim Berners Lee. This project is about creating personal pods to capture information and manage one’s own privacy on the internet. What would happen if we linked this concept to a digital twin? At Living Tomorrow we investigate practical examples such as the best way to negotiate the perfect deal on Amazon without giving too much information in return.

One size does not fit all

Owning your own house, built to your own preferences. It’s a dream that many people cherish. And yet this ‘golden standard’ is changing. Flexibility is key. Not only robotics, digitalization and home automatization enable this flexibility. Urban planning and architecture also come into play. Think about tiny houses, lifelong housing, cohousing and even coliving: living and working in the same place, with your lifestyle as the central idea. Most coliving concepts have a close community in which lives are shared. Common, an American platform, does not only allow you to rent a room. It provides you with the right facilities and even the atmosphere you are looking for.

As Living Tomorrow, we bring leading edge companies, organizations, research institutions and media together to shape the future. Smart homes are a central theme to us. Do you want to be part of our exciting platform? Become one of the partners of the brand new Living Tomorrow Innovation Campus. Get in touch.

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