Here’s How Microsoft Imagined The Smart Home Of The Future In 1999

Here’s How Microsoft Imagined The Smart Home Of The Future In 1999

Early rumours may have hinted that Apple had a fully integrated smart home up its sleeve. But after a few WWDCs, we know that’s not the case. And it’s unclear what developers are going to do with Apple’s HomeKit, a piecemeal tease that implies you’ll soon be able to control your smart toaster with your iPhone. But in the meantime, we have this Microsoft concept video from circa 1999, showing the amazing interconnected smart home of tomorrow.

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The video shows things like the ability to scan a carton of eggs to automatically add them to a shopping list. Even throwing away an item allows your smart trash can to remind your home computer system that you may need to order that item soon. Many of these technologies actually have come to pass, in one way or another, like Amazon’s trial of their Dash magic wand.

But again, it’s a far cry from the fully integrated smart home INTERNET OF THINGS OMG THIS IS THE FUTURE OF THE HOUSE we’ve been promised for so very long.

Image: Screenshot from the circa 1999 concept video by Microsoft