What’s on our smart home wish list?

One in four homeowners are already future proofing their homes by investing in the latest technology and gadgets, and three-quarters believe all of Britain’s homes will be ‘smart’ within the next 20 years, according to a new survey.

The research was commissioned to mark the launch of Smart Home Week on May 29: a new initiative supported by Yale, Samsung SmartThings and Phillips Hue.

The study shows that 85% of people have heard of a smart home (compared with 57% in 2015) and almost one in four already have some smart capabilities in their home.

A list of the top 30 smart home inventions we hope will be developed to make our lives easier include self-cleaning toilets, a robot that delivers breakfast in bed and a wardrobe that irons clothes while they are hanging up.

Shower heads with in-built Bluetooth to enable us to answer calls while washing, along with a bath that fills up instantly, are also features that people hope to see in the home of the future.

The wish list also featured self-locking doors which lock at the same time each night and a carpet that retracts so you can have hardwood floors if you fancy a change.

Others want life made simpler with self-loading washing machines, a self-sorting laundry basket and a bed that gradually wakes you up in the morning.

In order to keep control of all these systems, a third of people expect a smart hub will be used to connect the devices together and controlled via a smartphone.

Nigel Fisher, a spokesman for Smart Home Week said: “It’s clear from the smart home wish list that more people are looking for new ways to make their lives easier and more convenient.


  1. Self-cleaning toilets
  2. A system that cleans the house for you
  3. Windows that tint automatically in the sunshine
  4. Fingerprint scanning door locks
  5. A wardrobe that irons clothes while they are hanging up
  6. Bathroom scales which test your BMI
  7. Garages that charge your electric car just by parking on a giant pad
  8. Fridge that tells you which foods are reaching their use-by date
  9. ‘Fitbit’ style beds which record how good your night’s sleep is
  10. Teleportation device
  11. A bath that fills up in a split second
  12. A self-loading washing machine
  13. A detector that knows if someone has been in your room
  14. Self-locking doors that lock at the same time each night
  15. A bed that gradually wakes you up in the morning
  16. A robot which delivers breakfast in bed
  17. Carpet that retracts so you can have hardwood floors if you fancy a change
  18. A self-sorting laundry basket
  19. A counter which calculates how much exercise you need to do depending on what you eat
  20. Mechanical arms that come out of the wall and change your bedding
  21. Fridge/store cupboards that automatically re-order your regular shopping items for you
  22. A device which lets you know when you are running out of essentials such as bread or milk
  23. A coffee ready as soon as the alarm goes off
  24. A toilet that analyses your diet
  25. Big Brother style security cameras
  26. A TV which chooses the programmes for you
  27. A fridge which knows when the shelves are full of meat
  28. Shower heads with in-built Bluetooth to allow phone calls while washing
  29. A TV which recognises who is watching and shows the relevant programmes
  30. Something that brings you any food you want just by thinking about it


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