Futuristic smart homes are no longer a future dream.
Sustainable, 3D printed smart homes seem like something out of a ‘Back to the Future’ film, but they’re very much a reality. Nevada-based company haus.me is creating just that, even marketing their homes as ‘zombie-proof’. Although the zombie-proofing is yet to be tested, haus.me’s homes are ready to be shipped, even internationally, complete with all the bells and whistles of smart home technology.
Smart houses are a growing trend in the US, with their market value reaching US$ 51.9 Billion in 2018. There’s a lot of perks to living in a house with mobile monitoring of all systems. Smart homes give people the ability to regulate various functions and appliances, providing ‘greener’ living with the added benefit of cheaper energy bills. They also come with safety benefits in more ways than one: not only can people check which appliances have been left on, but automation systems can also notify people about intruders and other suspicious activity.
There’s also a social movement for tiny homes. They’re a cheaper, mobile alternative to regular houses, with lesser living costs and impacts on the environment. Some love the simplicity of tiny homes, but they’re certainly not for everybody. American homes are, on average, 2,687 square feet. Tiny homes, according to the International Residential Building Code, are almost seven times smaller – a maximum of 400 square feet.
Thankfully, haus.me’s homes currently come in three models, only one of which is considered a ‘tiny home’. The company’s ‘off-the-grid studio’ is 400 square feet and can be manufactured in four to seven weeks. The other two models include a two-bedroom ‘single family house’ and a ‘luxury family house’ that has two floors, with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. All three models are nothing short of impressive; the houses are:
- Mobile, fully autonomous, self-sustaining and efficient on energy. Water tanks, solar battery storage and autonomous sewage all come with the house, so it’s possible to live even in the strangest places. The houses are also equipped with a cloud-based diagnostic system to diagnose maintenance issues in real-time.
- Complete and ready. They come assembled with electronics, furniture, decor and even wine glasses. There’s also no need for a foundation or any construction.
- Fully equipped with smart technology. The company doesn’t hold back either, ‘fully equipped’ in this case includes HEPA air quality controls, Sonos speaker systems, Apple TVs, 100 inch projector screens, high-speed internet connections and even a fingerprint door lock. All systems – even security – are remote-controlled from a phone, tablet or other device.
- Safe. The 3D composite polymer frame is built to last through hurricanes, earthquake, and apparently zombies.
The 3D printing has limitations: there’s a lack of experts and so far only plastics and concrete can be printed. However, material costs, waste and productions time are all reduced. It’s an innovative process that could not exist 20 years ago, and is now revolutionary.
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