Working on the home (and appliances) of the future

Ever wonder who develops new appliances or add all those cool, new features to our household appliances? Innovation might come from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Home of The Future. This working laboratory lets student dream up new innovations to make our home environment safer, healthier and more ecological.

At the PlaceLab, a “living laboratory” for integrating new technologies into the home, MIT students and researchers develop new technologies and products that will better meet the needs of people in their future homes.

Here, volunteers live within the residential laboratory –a residential condominium in Cambridge, Mass., outfitted with “Hundreds of sensing components” to monitor the activities and interactions of the volunteer subjects.

MIT is not the only institutions dreaming up the home of the future. Check out this page for other futuristic links from the MIT page: http://architecture.mit.edu/house_n/web/resources/links/otherhousesofthefuture.html. Also, check out Moen’s page about future innovative appliances.

What functions would you like your future appliances to have? How about a refrigerator that lets you know exactly what you need to pick up at the store on your way home?

We can dream of the future, but we live with the appliances we have now. If you are on a budget, it might be cheaper to fix the appliances you currently have. You can find millions of appliance parts at apwagner.com where you can find parts for expensive appliances, such as refrigerators, dishwashers, ranges, clothes washers, and dryers. You can also get repair advice and live online help with finding the correct part, all online.

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