Thanks to the use of technology and the Internet of Everything, our homes are full of devices, electrical appliances and furnishing elements capable of responding to the contingent needs of their inhabitants, almost taking on a life of their own.
Businesses and brands build automation systems into the operating systems of their products that enhance people’s daily routines, freeing them of the most repetitive chores and providing an instant response to specific needs the instant they become manifest.
In this sense, the real challenge for design and for designers is to make the interaction between people and technology within the domestic environment as easy and immediate as possible, and integrating this interaction naturally into real life.
This, for example, is what Silk Labs, the company founded in June 2015 by Andreas Gal has set out do to. Gal says: “The kind of world we imagine is that I come home and things just magically happen. I want the house to recognise me, recognise my face, turn on my lights, turn on my favourite music”. At the heart of the company’s vision is the belief that the functionality of a device should be simple, useful and customisable to user needs, rather than the other way round, making for a truly seamless domestic experience.