It was the year 2000 when I was told that kids in the 70s drew floating bubble cars as a prediction for the millennium. Despite the imaginative qualities of such ambition, I was disappointed, probably because this conversation took place in a rusty Ford Astra, but more likely because it hadn’t happened yet.
We often have huge hopes and predictions of what the coming technological years are going to bring us, and this year is no different. Non-profit group Forum for the Future UK teamed up with Which?, a customer insight company, to study consumer trends, right from the 50s to today, to try and predict what we might have, or at least want, in 2030.
View the full 2030 Home Life Report.
Dr Mirror is a genius and slightly intrusive smart-bathroom that analyses you in every way possible while you get ready for the day. Bathroom features ‘discreetly’ gather your health information, then display it on the mirror for you to see. Once you’ve left the house, it displays health information on your smartphone, assuming it hasn’t become part of your face by then.
Xeros Ltd have reportedly created a nylon microbead technology that can replace water in the washing machine, attracting stains and smells away from clothes. The idea behind this is to reduce the amount spent on utilities, therefore decreasing consumer cost.
Super Genius Trainers
These trainers assume that, by 2030, parents will be no more apt at getting their kids to play outside. However, the positive thing about them is that they harness the energy from running around into electricity to play video games or use gadgets. This seems like an odd seat-based incentive, but it may work.
First-time buyers can rely on the power of crowd funding to make their big purchase, and investors get that money repaid into their own retirement funds. There doesn’t seem to be much more to it.
Mo. Mo. molecule scanner
3D printers are very much a thing of today, but this scanner aims to let you scan anything when you’re out and about, analyse the things that make it up, and reproduce it at your home. See a nice chair in a restaurant? Print it. Fancy your own Damien Hirst sculpture? Print it. Worried you’ll miss your wife while she’s away? No.