There’s a HUGE trend now toward integrating technology into our homes. But how much is too much?
Have you ever spent the entire work day emailing, blogging and researching online only to go home and realize there’s a stack of bills waiting for online payments, a message from your parents wanting to Skype with their grandkids, and a pile of Facebook messages to answer? My entire work-day is spent in front of a computer screen, so the last thing I want to see when I get home is my computer.
Some technologies are welcome and helpful at home – like the chips that can text you when the power goes out or the pipes burst. Some technologies are necessary. But some can be intrusive. Will my life really get better if my toilet can tell me my electrolyte balance? Or if my dining room table knows who is sitting where? Or if my furniture becomes a self-enclosed entertainment center? What would it do to my family if our only furniture was four of these lined up in a huge room? Or worse, separated into our own private rooms?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan of technology. Technology is what I do, how I communicate, and how I have fun. But does it really have to be how I eat, sleep, and breathe as well?
There is a way for technology to be integrated into furniture on a practical, helpful, and non-intrusive level. Stay tuned!