Imagine a home that senses how you’re feeling when you arrive home, if you’re apparently feeling worn out it automatically alters the lighting, sets the perfect temperature and runs you a bath. Or one that detects lots of people, music etc and knows it’s a party and turns the heating down a bit for everyone’s comfort. This could be part of the future of architecture – buildings that can feel, that can sense their environment and their occupants and react accordingly and a building in Paris has been equipped with sensors and interactive elements that allow the building to learn about its visitors and react to them, even to the point of choosing who to allow into its very heart.
One day, with the advances in sensors which could be built into appliances and fittings could even detect health issues. At the basic level your home or office could just put itself to sleep to save energy when you go out. Just don’t forget to say goodbye and goodnight when you go on holiday.