WigWag: Dialaphone Futures

Producing an intelligent home has been at the forefront of imagination for years. Depicted in numerous sci-fi films, there’s been no shortage of zany ideas, but now it looks like someone’s finally making some headway. Introducing WigWag –the sophisticated and adaptable home assistant.

The device is built up of a number of sensors that are installed within the home to make living more automatic. It assists with the simple things like lighting up a darkened hall way or shutting the garage door after you, to more complex operations like pausing the water sprinkler whilst you walk past

The system works wirelessly over the internet, with its brains occupying a virtual space halfway between its square-shaped Sensor Block and your smartphone. The device can assess and measure various factors in its surroundings including light, sound, motion, temperature, humidity, movement and contact closure. But what about the films that instilled the idea of automated living in us? Do we dare to dream this big?

Tony Stark, a.k.a. Iron Man’s Malibu mansion
10-8-80 Malibu Point, California

Tony Stark is the owner of Stark Industries, a surplus and design company of revolutionary weaponry from the comic book universe created by Marvel. He describes himself as a genius, billionaire, playboy and philanthropist.

Stark’s abode is a grand example of how personal assistants could one day become integrated within homes. J.A.R.V.I.S (Just A Rather Intelligent System) provides its owner with advice, information and guidance, overseeing his day to day life in the way a digital butler could one day do.

Captain John Anderton’s shopping experience
GAP, Washington DC

Although biometric identification has been explored recently in the shape of fingerprint scanners, we’re yet to fully harness iris scanning. In this clip from Minority Report we see Cpt. John enter GAP and be greeted by a hologram that recognises him. Could this be what we should expect waiting for us when we come home on day?

The McFly family home
9303 Lyon Drive

In Back to the Future 2 we see how home appliances may adapt to our needs – introducing a new element of speed and ease to family living. As far fetched as some of these examples may be, we doubt in the past they ever thought we’d be asking phones for directions or posting a life time of memories online for everyone we know to see.

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