Will we even go outside in the future? You wouldn't be blamed for thinking we'll all soon be living a climatically regulated life indoors. In movies, tomorrow's recreation is often confined to a bubble-enclosed environment—an artificially controlled, robotically operated "natural" experience that protects us from the radioactive sunstorms raging beyond. The forecast is always dystopian, with a good chance of acid rain.
In reality, our relationship with the great outdoors will be enhanced by technology, allowing us to experience the city and access nature in ways we hadn't previously imagined. At the Gizmodo Home of the Future, which opens May 17 in New York City, we'll be featuring the tools that allow us to bring nature into our homes, engage with the urban environment—and get out of town when we need to recharge.
How we get around the city will change dramatically as we shift our primary means of transportation from hulking, gas-chugging vehicles to nimble, human-powered machines. Personal mobility will become the preferred method of personal expression.
Take this tricked-out cruiser from Local Motors, on display at the Home of the Future: a thoroughly modern electric bicycle packed with badass old-school motorcycle style. Even seemingly ordinary bikes will employ simple modifications that can extend their utility, like the Copenhagen Wheel, a device that captures kinetic energy and turns any bike into a hybrid e-bike.
Four wheels will also feature prominently in our commuting patterns, like the electric longboards of Boosted Boards that can help cover the "last mile" between the high-speed train station and home. Of course, due to fluctuating sea levels, we may need to boat to work part of the year. Luckily for the urban commuter, the Oru Kayak collapses like origami, allowing for easy storage in our microunit apartments.
Wearable devices will allow us to have the utmost information about our surroundings, from providing real-time transit data that tells us exactly when to leave the house, to providing the distance to the nearest greenspace, to revealing historical information about the buildings that we stroll by. The Skully Helmet prevents distracted riding by providing navigational directions directly in our field of vision and a virtual "real-view mirror" for enhanced safety.
Even our entertaining will be more efficient. The Fuego Element is a stainless steel grill which can reach 500ºF in five minutes, preventing wasteful fuel consumption as we sear our locally raised, grass-fed steaks to perfection. Instead of cranking up heatlamps at night, our furniture will keep us warm, like the sculptural cast-concrete heated seating of Galanter & Jones.
Join Gizmodo for an exploration of how we'll live tomorrow, from our patios to our local parks, and into the kitchen, bedroom, living room and home office. It all takes place at the Home of the Future, located in SoHo from May 17 through 21. There will be plenty of hoverboard parking available.
Hours: 11:00 am to late. The Gizmodo gang will be working on-site all week—with super-fast wifi, on snazzy furniture—and we'll be hosting events every night. Check back for more information on how to RSVP.