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Merging Digital Technology and Digital Design

Imagine this. As you enter the door after a long, frustrating day at work, instantly you are soothed by sky blue walls. The lights dim and your favorite album plays, trickling from speakers ensconced in the walls. Imagine that your bedroom windows slowly turn transparent as the sun rises, subtly shifting to allow the light in to wake you up. Imagine a home attuned to your moods and your needs.

Humankind has always designed spaces to cater to them. It seems to be an innate need, to possess and to customize. But what if you were given little more than a blank slate?

In many homes electronics and showcasing electronics has become a fundamental aspect of home d├ęcor and design. Nowadays, big-screen and LED TV want you to do more than watch television. They actively encourage families to interact with the screen or allow you to run the rest of the home from a convenient location. But these days, tech designers are going beyond the single screen. Imagine a floor to surface TV, with smart windows that not only filter out light but easily convert to a viewing screen.

Now that’s futuristic. Samsung’s translucent OLED screen can potentially do just that, because it doesn’t need structural support to convey sharp, realistic imagery. This opens up endless possibilities for interiors, especially in crowded cities where panoramic views are limited. Interactive walls also open up more than just the potential for entertainment. Imagine the work that can be done. Imagine future 3D immersion tech, right in your bedroom.

The potential is there. Architects and interior designers already take smart phones and tablets into consideration, designing docking stations and other accessories that complement the smart phone lifestyle. People know exactly how to integrate technology into their lives — it’s simply a matter of catching up.

Ubiquitous, high-speed internet access opens up the possibilities even more. In high-tech cities like Seoul, Korea commuters can turn their air conditioning on while still on the train, and come home to a comfortably cool living room.

Next-level accessories like Google Glass have shown the wealth of possibilities on a virtual plane and you can bet that integrating interior design and human comfort is just a step away. Interactive, online interiors also bring up a lot of possible questions for quality of life. For example, why not design a space designed solely to care for an infirm or bedridden patient with all of the technology? Or a space that caters specifically to a person with sight disabilities? Interior design has always come up with ingenious solutions for persons with special needs. For the future, your home may change as you age to accommodate new arrivals such as children.

Smart homes may just be a few years away. The revolution is already beginning, in small and significant ways.

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