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A Look Back at the Monsanto House of the Future

July 08, 2014

futurehouse_blueskyThe Monsanto House of the Future was featured at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif. from 1957 to 1967. Almost 60 years ago, this futuristic house depicted technology beyond the wildest dreams of Americans. Now, the technology is taken for granted, a tribute to how far we have come as computers, the Internet, and most recently, the Internet of Things, are making these predictions a reality.

The House of the Future was intended to be set in 1986. It was made almost entirely out of plastic and fiberglass, the white, cross shaped structure was smooth and rounded. It featured four wings branching off from the center of the home, each with large floor-to-ceiling windows. Supported by a low, 16’x16’ pillar in its center, it appeared to hover several feet above the ground. The whole house could be rotate to change the view from each room. Inside, there were three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen, dining room and living room.

The purpose of the home was to provide a hands-on glimpse into the future. The inside featured modern, plastic furniture and furnishings. The kitchen featured appliances that disappeared and reappeared when you needed them. A dishwasher that rose from the ground utilized “ultrasonic waves” to wash the dishes, and would then convert into a storage cabinet. Three chilled units called “cold zones” took the place of refrigerators and freezers, and descended from ceiling cabinets. A microwave would rise from the middle of the counter at the push of a button. It was a highly automated kitchen that did much of the work for you, which appealed to those accustomed to spending hours in the kitchen.

The rest of the house featured “adjustable lighting behind polarized plastic ceiling tiles.” There was a heating and cooling system that allowed for different climates in different rooms of the house, as well as air fresheners that provided scents like the ocean or roses when prompted. The children’s bedrooms were also outfitted in plastic, boasting easy cleanup. Their shared bathroom had an automated sink that lifted and lowered when it needed to. The master bedroom featured a “hands-free” phone and a television with video feed from the front door. The shower had its own sound system, as did the living room. The living room also featured a large TV, and a chair with a built in phone system.

 During its debut, the technology portrayed within this futuristic house was beyond the wildest dreams of the patrons who visited. If these innovations do not seem very mind-blowing today, it’s because we see these technologies all around us. Microwave ovens and efficient dishwashers now exist, although they do not use ultrasonic waves. Appliances that hide and appear at the touch of a button are not common, but the technology is possible, and in particular microwave ovens often are hidden away in a countertop or cabinet. Plastic is used in many facets of contemporary life, much like suggested in the construction of the future home. Surround sound music and television, as well as hands-free phone technology, are common in many homes. The House of the Future was accurate in many of their predictions, and the guests who visited in 1957 really did get a glimpse into the future.

The idea of appliances that have minds of their own is a large aspect of the House of the Future. Appliances existed with the purpose of making lives easier, and most were automated and could perform tasks on their own. This prediction of machines of the future was accurate. Today, we are focusing on the Internet of Things, a particular technology that connects automated machines and allows them to communicate with each other. This communication, known as Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communication, makes machines much more efficient and much more helpful. Today, we have in-home healthcare monitors from companies such as SimplyHome. We have the ability to monitor the climate of our home from any remote location. We can monitor parking availability, and home security sensors that alert you if something unexpected takes place. These technologies allow machines to communicate with one another from any location, permitting remote monitoring and control. The House of the Future provided the foundation for these intelligent appliances, which ultimately led us to the type of machines we have today.

Aeris Communications allows for M2M communication to exist. Aeris provides a high-speed, reliable network over which machines can communicate. Aeris provides a crucial link between machines that allows for their high level of efficiency and rapid communication. Aeris makes the intelligent appliances we see predicted in the House of the Future a reality. With Aeris’s cutting-edge technology and incredible customer support, nothing is impossible in the realm of Machine-to-Machine communication.

 

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