As time continues to pass, the pressures that we face on an environmental level as well as keeping up with innovative lifestyle trends and even technology itself changes to suit what is happening now. Simply put, as the world changes, we struggle and push ourselves to change along with it. But as we move towards what’s trending, what does this mean for landlords?
Tech or No Tech?
Due to state-of-the-art innovation, smart devices and integrated technology are being rapidly introduced into our homes in some very small and even bigger ways. The future already has plans for a fully automated setup; these will go on to monitor bathtubs, heating and cooling as well as even your oven. As we already know, there have been pretty neat inventions that can already vacuum the floors of our homes and even keep an eye on our furry friends; but keep in mind these are just small in the grand scheme of things. Additionally, our decor is also being customised with the use of technology and digital pictures can be chosen for display.
Are we ready to face a full-on invasion? Some might be quite sceptical as to whether we are rising too quickly as tech peaks every aspect of society, which can very well lead to a huge backlash on our part. In several sectors of society, there has been a call for what we call spaces free of any type of technology; and if things are kicked up to an extreme, we might soon see entire buildings which can be made completely technology free. For example, serviced apartments in Newbury might be free of technology whilst elsewhere, people want apartments that can be fully automated. In addition, this can result in many or rather all consumers requesting more direct contact as a means to break free of a world high on technology.
Modular and Movable or Co-Living
As of recent times, endless apartment sizes are drastically being cut down to facilitate the current markets. However, this doesn’t stop a consumer from wanting the same services and comfort as provided with a larger space. In order to deal with this, movable, modular apartments were created to give its users a comfortable sleeping space, living and even a full-sized kitchen all in or under just 20 square metres.
However, to properly design this type of space, it can be extremely costly. This in itself leaves the debate about whether complexity is outweighed by the overall benefits. And, there is also a model specially designed for co-living areas, and it comes with enough space for sleeping pods that are placed
in such a way that they are easily accessed from communal spaces.
The pressures to keep up with the environmental demands and legislations are becoming more stressful than ever. And get this, they are likely to keep increasing with time as innovative environmentally friendly substances are developed and become readily accessible. As of now, several carpets are already on the market which can be easily transformed to building materials and they can convert carbon to oxygen.
In addition, most people are turning to on-site cooking and even grocery sharing in order to reduce the waste associated with packaging and general substances. The storage of on-site energy is also coming on stream with the use of solar panels and even smart windows.
Research has indicated that the sleeping industry could possibly generate around $80 billion dollars as it markets and sells several working solutions for insomnia. Additionally, special machines will enhance your quality of sleep and it will also be able to monitor your patterns of sleep. Smart beds will also be able to remind its users to hydrate, exercise, sleep of course and it will be able to regulate our body temperatures. As we begin to get carried away with the idea of these things, keep in mind that a good night’s rest only comes from desired lighting, some sounds or none at all and a comfy place to sleep; the biggest question is whether or not consumers will gravitate towards no tech at all.
VR is hitting the markets by storm as it gives users a feeling of belonging to a desired community. Most people are asking if VR can or will eventually take the space of a resident’s lounge. However, several concepts can be modified and tested with the use of VR.
Evolution vs Revolution
As we move toward evolution, endless opportunities are created for already existing products to be redesigned. However, any industry should keep in mind that too much of a “good” thing can become really bad in a short space of time. As a result, technology should only be used where it is truly necessary in order to enhance the experience of consumers.