Technology is one of the changes that has come knocking on the doors of homes and corporate spaces. It has not only transformed the way work is done but also the way our living and work spaces look. From flat screen technology to virtual and augmented reality modern invention is being used to capture the imagination and create comfortable and stylish interiors. Here’s a look at how this is happening.
Once upon a time, the tube display was the only technology used to make displays on the screen. Television and computers were like big boxes and changing the channel required proximity to the TV and using the hands to press a button. These Cathode Ray Tubes took a lot of spaces in our homes and offices. But now with the plasma and Liquid Crystal Displays our screens have gotten thinner as panel displays are possible.
Television now can be hung on the wall and blend perfectly with the interior. The viewer sits far away flipping between channels with the remote control. Flat screens have enabled us to free up to 20 % of our office and living room spaces.
It’s not hard nowadays to find homes designed to be eco-friendly. With the growing concern over climate change, people are striving to go greener by telling designers to use eco-friendly materials that save water, energy and improve air quality. Here’s how technology is enabling eco-friendly homes.
- Indoor gardens: folks in the city are now growing their veggies thanks to WIFI enabled plant pots and smart gardens that will allow automatic watering and remote monitoring. This technology also sends information about the soil moisture and temperature to the owner’s phone or computer
- Blind technology for optimal lighting: technology has also influenced how blinds are made. They’re now being optimized for better house lighting and heat insulation. Remote controlled blinds whose slat spaces are adjusted depending on the house heating needs.
- Products with Volatile Organic Compounds are being avoided.
Automation such as voice assistants, automatic temperature, heating and lighting regulation with the flip of a switch has been made possible with the internet of things. Designers, therefore, have to include the spaces for these smart switches, electricity meters, cameras, plugs, thermostats, and smart kitchen utensils.
Virtual and Augmented Reality
They were once big on the gaming world, now they’ve made their way into architectural and design. Virtual Reality, for example, is being used by designers to show the client how the project is going to be upon completion. The client can tour the room before it’s even built using VR head-mounted displays. Augmented Reality, on the other hand, is being used to show how a current environment is going to turn out if the arrangement or additional tools are added. A client can see how the room is going to look if for example a smart garden is added to it.
Another trend is to use several tiled screens to display artwork and more. Video walls can be used to display favorite art, items of news, watching movies and more. They’re revolutionizing interior spaces such as lounges and lobbies as they’re used to create interactive, captivating displays.
The art of stacking several screens together instead of just buying one huge screen is favorite because each stacked screen has its pixel density thereby better resolution. It is also possible to customize tile layouts to suit atmosphere and mood.
In conclusion, technology is revolutionizing the design industry, making it possible to take the vision in one’s head and put it into practical use to create ambient homes with a touch of exceptional luxury and comfort.