Smart Home von 1939 bis heute
Nach der weiträumigen Elektrifizierung von Privathaushalten in den 1920ern mussten den Menschen die Möglichkeiten, die mit der «unsichtbaren, allgegenwärtigen elektrischen Kraft» (Bucher 1939, S. 161) plötzlich realisiert werden konnten, unendlich erscheinen. Der Autor George H. Bucher hatte eine genaue Vorstellung eines «elektrischen Haus der Zukunft» und beschrieb dieses in einem Artikel für das «Popular Mechanics Magazine».
„This future home will probably be equipped with a number of control centers, from any one of which the homemaker can give her commands to appliances at work in the kitchen and laundry. Electric ranges already are equipped with automatic controls for temperature and cooking time, but there is no practical reason why these operations together with the other appliances cannot be controlled remotely from any room in the house. Perhaps short-wave radio may be utilized for this purpose, as well as for answering the doorbell and receiving visitors by transmitting a greeting to them and unlocking the door.” (Bucher 1939, S. 163)
In the not-distant future, the home may well be equipped with “mood control,” which is made possible by newly developed light sources. It’s possible that people will suite the light and color of their rooms to their moods. These new-type lamps produce colors of warm white, day-light white, gold, red, blue, pink and green. It’s up to the psychologists to figure out the proper combinations of colors to lift one’s spirits, when they are down, with a flood of brilliant light, or subdue a sense of excitement with soothing mellow light.” (Bucher 1939, S. 164)
„Of course the future home will be equipped with both radio and television. No one can foresee the possibilities of television. It may change our whole concept of entertainment and move the amusement centers of Broadway and Hollywood right into our living rooms. The home of tomorrow no doubt also will be equipped with some electrical means of recording news reports and pictures as soon as the news happens.”