Updated: Sep 19
Right now 2019, its common for most households to have blinds or curtains, although what about in the year 2040 or 2070 or even further. We can make a few assumptions to give us an idea of where the future is heading in this regard.
Internet of things – Every year electronics get smaller and more powerful, this also comes with a reduction in price for smaller and more powerful computer chips (microprocessors). These computer chips can make some everyday objects smart by connecting them to the internet and sharing data. Once the price of these computer chips drops below a few dollars, you will start to find them in objects that are currently unfeasible, like power tools, lighting, kitchen appliances. Once the price of the computer chips drops well below $1 you may start to see them appear on non-electronic objects like chairs, cloths and wallpaper.
Smart Glass – Still in its infancy this type of glass can change its light transmission by applying voltage. So it can allow light to pass through and also block out light making it perfectly suited to some applications.
A great modern example is this is on the sky walk on the top of the Eureka Tower in Melbourne. This glass floor extends 3m over the 300m drop below, once you enter the glass is opaque, but once the glass extends out it becomes see through.
Smart glass is still very expensive compared to regular window panes, however in the future this price will make it feasible for most households to utilise the lighting and insulation benefits of this product. This is still a few decades away from effecting the blind market, as there is plenty of research needed to be done.
Automation – You have likely heard of smart homes. This is being able to control a lot of your household items like, security, lighting, thermostat, music and more, from your smart phone. Every year there is more demand for household automation to make life easier, which brings in more businesses specialising in automation. Once this market has plenty of competition prices will start to drop and, along with the internet of things, it will start to become much more common for regular households to have automation.
Robotics – This is another promising future technology that can be further utilised around the household. We could say a lot about Japanese nursing home robots, but keeping relevant to blinds, the market for motorised blinds is always improving. The prices of blind motors have nearly halved in the last 10 years, plus with the latest rechargeable roller blind motors you also save not having to get an electrician in to do the pre wiring. There are currently solar panel options for blind motors also. In coming decades once the price of motors has dropped significantly, it will be common that most blinds be motorised and controlled by smart devices.
We have an exciting future with technology playing a key role in the future adaption of window coverings. Eventually in the scale of many decades or even a century, smart glass and smart wall paper will likely succeed blinds altogether.
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