According to a team of GE engineers and designers and based on trends and technological developments, the following four appliances could be in our homes within the next 12 years.
BBQ Without a Grill
There's no need for a porch or patio; apartment dwellers will be able to mount a compact grill onto a window. It comes with built-in controls that draw smoke out of the living space for an urban grilling experience (how cool is that?).
A Truly “Cool” Nightstand
That nice, cold glass of water (even with ice) that you had at bedtime becomes stale and warm when you want a sip (or two) at 3 in the morning (Don't you hate it when this happens?). In 2025, your night table will keep it cool for you: With a surface made of a thermoelectric nano material, it can recognize the temperature difference between it and any object you place on it, adjusting to keep the object at its current temperature. The effect works for hot beverages, too, keeping them warm at your bedside (Is this awesomely cool, or what?).
A 3D Printer of Your Own
They're becoming more affordable and compact; and by 2025, 3D printers could be commonplace in the home. The machines are perfect for “printing” a replacement part for an appliance, an earring back, or extra silverware.
No More Ironing!
The washing machine of the future could be able to read sensors on your clothes that communicate care instructions, extending the lives of not only your delicates; regular clothes would also benefit as well. But wait, there's more: Once a piece of clothing has been washed and dried, it’s compressed and stored as a pellet inside the machine. When you’re ready to wear it, the machine either dispenses the pellet for efficient packing in a suitcase or gym bag; or “resurrects” the item using steam and “optional scents.” This eliminates the need for ironing (yay!) and closets (there never seems to be enough closet space, does it?).
There's actually 10 of these potential décor innovations; to see all, go to www.parade.com/home.
Source: “Welcome Home, In 2025”-Parade Picks (online feature)-Parade magazine, Aug. 25, 2013