Homes of the Future

Homes don't always seem hi-tech, but Amandeep finds that some of the latest innovations in house design and furniture are space-age!

Preparation

Before you watch

Think about the following questions:

  • What's the most modern home you know?
  • How do homes in your country compare with homes in the UK?

Now watch to find out about the future of homes.

Transcript

Good morning. Today I'll be experiencing a taste of the future.

From the latest in home design to incredible gadgets, I’ll be looking at how we could be living in the future.

A hot shower is a great start to the day, but this is no ordinary shower. It’s using rain water collected from the roof and heated by solar energy, or heat from the sun.

I’m surrounded by some of the most modern houses in the world. Each one has been built as an experiment; designed to test the latest technology and ideas for living.

Some of these houses can evolve as people’s lives change. Thinking of having more housemates? Just add on another layer - like children’s building blocks.

Peter White is the Marketing Manager of the Innovation Park, where the houses are built.

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Amandeep: Peter, are these houses really a glimpse of the future?

Peter White: They are. In the next few years, we’ll be living in houses that look like this.

Amandeep: Just how much do they vary from ordinary houses?

Peter White: In some ways they’re very similar. The kitchen, the bathrooms, the televisions are just like now but the technology in the houses makes them much more energy efficient.

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You may have seen the next invention in the movies, and it could mean no more lost keys in the future. It’s called fingerprint recognition technology. And it lets you back in.

Now this control panel is the brain of the house. You can set the temperature, and the shutters close automatically when it’s hot outside. And this is one of my favourites: you get to control the music in every part of the house. So how about a bit of this... Or... maybe we should go for this...

Now, can you guess what this is? It redefines the simple... chair. This rocks - literally. And it’s a library as well. So I can grab my favourite book and just sit back and relax. I think I could spend some time here. So would you mind coming back a little later?

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I asked some people who are interested in house design what they would like to see in the house of the future.

Woman 1: I would love a self-cleaning house.

Man 1: I'd like an eco-house that uses renewable energy and doesn't impact on the environment.

Woman 2: I’d like a device that could carry me up to bed when I feel tired.

Man 2: I’d like a house where I could watch the football in every room.

Woman 3: In my house of the future, I’d like a robot man that I can turn off.

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It’s time to relax, and my favourite programme, Word on the Street, is about to start - and on a solar-powered TV!

Task 1

Choose the 5 things you see in the video.

Exercise

 

Task 2

Which sentences are true, and which are false?

Exercise

 

Task 3

Can you complete the collocations using the words given?

Exercise

 

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Submitted by inescosta_10k on Tue, 14/04/2020 - 09:35

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In the future I would like to have a robot that would cook me dinner every night, and I would like to have a floating bed, so I could feel like I am in the clouds while sleeping.

Submitted by Veny on Mon, 07/01/2019 - 04:47

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What is the meaning of hi-tech? "Homes don't always seem hi-tech"

Hello Veny,

To look up individual words or phrases you can use any of the online dictionaries. Just do a seach for 'hi-tech dictionary' and you'll see definitions and examples, as well as grammatical information and pronunciation guidance:

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hi-tech

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/high-tech

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by elainef on Thu, 27/09/2018 - 20:10

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I would like to live in this house because it is very practical and easy.

Submitted by Nathanael Oliveira on Thu, 27/09/2018 - 19:30

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I liked the video because it shows a lot of technology and I work with IT.

Submitted by rodrigoferreira23 on Thu, 27/09/2018 - 19:19

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I'd like to live in a technological home, where I could control all eletronic devices in the same place, reuse the rain water and use renewable and clean energy.

Submitted by MrRequena on Wed, 10/01/2018 - 20:41

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I would love to live in a house which uses collected rain water or is heated by solar power from solar panels on the roof. I am afraid I am daydreaming but I am optimistic and I hope the next generation will live in houses like this.

Submitted by Ephesus on Fri, 18/08/2017 - 12:22

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The most modern houses only can be Palaces, Goverment Houses Royalty Serails etc and we can not tell our standard houses, apartment flats is a most modern types. On the other hand, if you have a most modern house, you definitally should use more security systems, guard and stafs, trained dogs all around house, tens of cameras on ceilings, even garage and parking places included. That means youre in trouble.

Submitted by Vitru on Sat, 08/04/2017 - 17:21

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Good evening guys, to be honest, I'm scared of this kind of house. For me, there is too much technology, I like simple things whereas I dislike something like a control panel or for instance a technology chair that swinging you in that way.

Submitted by Daniel H on Sat, 18/03/2017 - 00:58

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Hello. Could you please help me with the usage of the word "home"? I want to know if it is correct to say "My home" in that context: Someone asks me the following question: 'Is there a shopping mall near your home?' What could be the correct answer? 'Yes, there is a shopping mall near my home' or 'There is a shopping mall near home'. I mean, can I use the possessive adjective "my" in this response? Can I leave out 'my'? or do I have to use it? 'She invite me to her home' is correct? Than you in advance.

Hello Daniel,

Really, the most natural answer to that question would simply be 'Yes' or 'No'. If you wanted to give a full answer, then you could either of the answers you propose (i.e. with or without 'my') -- which one would be better depends on the context. If it's someone you don't really know or you hadn't already been speaking about your home, you'd probably say 'my home', as saying just 'home' implies some kind of familiarity with it.

'She invited me to her home' is correct (though say 'to her house' is also correct). When you're talking about another person's home, it's more common to use the possessive adjective (e.g. 'her') since using just 'home' implies that you are familiar with the place. If here the woman were a good friend of yours whose home you had visited many times, you could say just 'home', but otherwise 'to her home' would probably be the best form to use. 

Perhaps you've already seen it, but in case you haven't I thought I'd mention the Cambridge Dictionary's page on house vs home, as it's a useful resource.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by LiliyaSun on Sun, 26/02/2017 - 05:53

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Hi! Could you help me to catch the meaning "It's redefines the simple chair", please. I've looked at the dictionary, but it's still difficult to understand for me. Thank you.

Hi LillyaSun,

When we define something we explain what it is or what it means. Dictionaries define words, for example, and we can say that a person's character is defined by their actions.

In this example the speaker is saying that the design of this new chair is so original and successful that it changes what we mean by the word 'chair'. In other words, according to the speaker, now we should think of chairs in a different way.

 

Best wishes,

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

Submitted by mr. awesome on Wed, 04/01/2017 - 10:14

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To the english team. What do you mean by collocations? Thank you.

Hello mr. awesome,

Collocations are words that go together. There are some examples and a good explanation in the Cambridge Dictionary Grammar entry for 'collocation'.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team