Homes of the future

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The House of the Future?
Parade recently had an article listing ten technological advances to home appliances that could be in our houses by 2025. From biometric vitamin dispensing faucets to a food disposal that dispenses compost pellets, some of these futuristic appliances are pretty cool while others seem a little creepy. Personally, I don’t think I want a computerized medicine cabinet dispensing medications to me. But I could definitely get used to a washing machine that washes, dries and stores my clothes for me, and then irons them when I’m ready to wear them. And I can’t wait to have a 3D printer in my house!

I hate going to the grocery store, so I love the idea of shopping on a smartphone and having it delivered. I’m honestly a little surprised that grocery stores aren’t already using the internet more effectively. Most grocery stores have those ‘rewards’ cards you sign up for to get discounts. They scan your card every time you shop, thus tracking everything you buy. So they know exactly what you buy and how often you buy it, and they have your contact information. I wonder why they don’t periodically email me a reminder shopping list of stuff they think I’m out of? I get emails telling me when I need to buy a new toner cartridge for my printer (although they’re usually wrong!). Grocery stores could email you a ‘proposed’ grocery list, then let you login to edit it and schedule delivery. They could use a smart app that ‘learns’ your habits and refines your preferences each time you shop. That way, you could quickly and easily re-stock on all the items, brands and quantities you normally buy without having to go to the store. But then people might not make all those impulse purchases, buying stuff they don’t need just because it looks good. Perhaps that’s why grocery stores don’t do this!

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