I think everybody has a vision, a dream or some downright far-fetched prediction of the world 30 or 40 years down the line – just look at Back to the Future at how close or far off your ideas can be. Given the fast pace of technological development you will seldom find that your ‘plans’ ever come to fruition. However, it’s not just us individuals who aspire to predict technology, no it seems that businesses don’t just have the customary 3, 5 or 10-year plans anymore; instead IKEA have predicted that in 2040 our kitchens will be a very different place.
The research carried out and the resulting ideas provide some interesting reading to say the least, but suffice it to say, it’s little but a pipedream for the time being. The “SKARP”, or “Smart Kitchen” is said to be intelligent, thinking and caring for its inhabitants. It will adjust the environment based on the mood of those in it, music and lighting will be altered accordingly by it’s artificial intelligence.