In the past few years there has been a technological revolution. Everyone carries a mini computer in their pocket or bag with apps that enable us to stay in contact with the news and our friends in a way we could never have imagined ten or twenty years ago.
As everything around us becomes more hi-tech what will this mean for our bathrooms?
Of course in the 50s and 60s they saw that technology would progress and change the world. Obviously some predictions were a little mad such as everybody flying about on jet packs and owning their own robot butlers.
This video shows that some predictions were spot on such as the “pure fantasy” of built in electric razors and electric toothbrushes.
Will we look as ridiculous when we try and predict what will happen to the bathroom in the next fifty years? The basic set up of bath, shower, basin and toilet should remain unchanged as it has for the last fifty.
Though for many people a bathroom is quite a recent development. There are houses, for instance, that did not fit indoor toilets till well in to the 1960s.
In the 1950 Ray Bradbury book The Martian Chronicles, the house talks to the occupants and gives them information. It tells them when to get up and if it is someone’s birthday.
No doubt in the bathroom of the future we will be able to get information as we bathe or shower as well as being able to interact with our friends and colleagues.
It has been predicted that shower curtains will be able to use display technology allowing us to catch up with the news, our friends on Facebook or to simply watch videos as we scrub.
The bathroom has traditionally been seen as a place of refuge. It is a place to hideaway and get away from the world of e-mails, status updates and texts that we live in today.
However, a quarter of people in a recent survey thought it would be a good idea if they could connect to their friends while they were in the bathroom getting ready for a night on the town.
There are apparently scientists working on developing bathroom mirrors that will enable people to connect to social networking sites as they beautify themselves for their evening out.
Whether these ideas will look like some of the madder inventions that used to appear on the BBC programme Tommorrow’s World such as the computer that was shown in 1967 that could send and receive messages.
What a preposterous idea.