The digital home of the future

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In the kitchen

Food poisoning could become a thing of the past with a unit registered by Kyocera Mita Corp this year in the US. It sends information from tags attached to items in a refrigerator, for example, notifying the occupants of possible dangers

Cupboards that can be raised and lowered, using a remote control, would bring them within reach of even the shortest people. Kanezawa Kogyo has applied for a patent in Japan

Small children could be safer with a washing machine that can detect whether a child has climbed inside. On detecting improper motion of the drum, the machine stops and sounds an alarm. Miele & CIE filed a patent in Germany this year

In the bathroom

We may one day send signals to our lavatories via a mobile phone, instructing them to begin warming the toilet seat, using a warm water system. Toto Ltd has filed for a patent in Japan

In the sitting room

A skin information detector will detect moisture content, temperature, etc and use this as the basis for controlling air conditioning, to maintain the freshness of the operator’s skin. Toshiba Career is working on this in Japan

In the bedroom

In a rush to get home and get changed? A device listed by IBM in the US will allow you to contact your wardrobe from a computer and have your chosen outfit ready when you get home. The system displays clothes on a screen and a track carries selected items to a presentation area

Source: Thomson Scientific

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