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Any home can be turned into a smart one. Or so we’re lead to believe. Almost every appliance you buy for your home today has a version that connects to the internet. From your coffee maker to your washing machine they can all ‘communicate with the cloud’ or offer an app that lets you interact with them, but does that really make your home a smart one?

What do you imagine will be the biggest challenges that the world will face in 20 years? Energy or food scarcity? Overpopulation? What about our biggest triumphs? Cures for cancer and extended lifespans? Smarter humans? Well, these would all sound similar to the people of 1980 when they looked 20 years into the future to the year 2000.

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.

As imperfect as they might still be for the average, everyday, regular user, Wi-Fi enabled lightbulbs are still a thing that won't quit. The Philips Hue range is one of the best out there at the moment, with a high quality globe backed by a solid open-source wireless standard and a useful and versatile mobile app. There's more than just a standard globe available, though -- Philips' two Friends Of Hue devices are two add-on variants that don't exactly change the entire philosophy of your Hue devices, but that add a little more versatility in where you might want to place them around your house or office.

Our houses are quickly filling with an internet of things -- smart TVs, DVRs, thermostats, and more all online, all the time. But to a hacker, each of these devices is a digital door or window into your home (network). Here's what you need to do to keep your devices locked against outside intrusions.

Standing desks are not cheap. Or at least the extremely handy motorised ones aren't. That's why everyone -- including this desk-agnostic blogger -- freaked out when IKEA announced that it would sell a sit/stand desk powered by electricity for less than $US500. Finally, a healthy desk option for the masses. Finally!

You're getting too old to still be losing your keys like this. Seriously, they were right there, in your hand, like a second ago. Time to jimmy the kitchen window again, right? Wrong. The Kwikset Kevo gives you not one but three means of entry, so you'll never get locked out again.

Smart locks, along with intelligent lights, are the standard bearers for today's home automation movement with some of the biggest names in security -- looking at you Schlage and Qwikset -- offering internet-connected locks. But a San Francisco-based upstart may have just beaten these industry titans at their own game.

If there's one thing that humans can't afford to stop doing with each other, it's having sex. And as long as machines that make it feel even better are available, you're going to want those machines in your bedroom. Naturally, the bedroom in Gizmodo's Home of the Future is full of them.

The potential of additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, to change the way buildings are made is indisputable. It’s being touted as a solution to challenges in our cities ranging from the need for affordable housing to infrastructure modernisation. The process has been slow, but it may well be a key ingredient in the future of the building industries.

Gone are the days when a light bulb had a hot filament that came on when you flicked a heavy switch. Today's smart lights offer flexibility, security and real cost savings. But how do you get started?

When you think about it, bikes haven't changed a whole lot over the years. It's a chain attached to a rear wheel with a human atop on a seat, powering the whole contraption forward with their legs. We've tried to augment the analogue biking experience for years to get around our cities, but the future of cycling is digital. Here's how you'll ride safer, smarter and faster thanks to the futuristic tech coming to bikes of all shapes and sizes.

After a long day of futuristic work and hydroponic farming in the Home of the Future, we're betting that one thing will stay exactly the same as it is today: you'll want to crack open a cold one. But what would that cold one look like? Probably something like this magical brew from Sixpoint.