Samsung Electronics Australia has released its Australians@Home in 2029 future trends report. In collaboration with Australia’s leading futurist, Steve Sammartino, and drawing on consumer research, the report predict changes in the way Australians will live, work, and socialise at home in the future, and the pivotal role technology and AI capabilities will play.

The report identifies five areas where change is likely to transform Australian homes including: Ambient AI; Rolling Lounge Rooms; Soft Robotics; Energy Management; and Transparent TVs.

“We are entering an age where future fantasy will become daily living realities. This in home revolution driven by AI, will astound everyone as to how more human centric technology is becoming with benefits that go beyond convenience and enter important territories like energy, travel, and entertainment in a seamless symbiotic system design for and by end users,” Sammartino said.

Samsung Australia vice president of consumer electronics, Jeremy Senior said, “At Samsung, we’ve been committed to understanding Australians’ habits since our inaugural Australians@Home report, making us uniquely positioned to share insights on how technology will transform and enrich consumers’ daily lives.

“Given Samsung’s decade-long investment into AI, we firmly believe that integrating it into mainstream technology yields substantial benefits. The Australians@Home report aims to share a glimpse at achieving the future, through our technology now.

“We know Australians are time-poor and savvy – always looking for cost and energy efficiencies. The report demonstrates that what once seemed a future of robots and AI-powered connected devices, is no longer a distant dream but a current reality. This revolution is poised to reshape our everyday, making Australian homes more intuitively functional, as we forge towards a better, more connected future.”

Samsung Transparent Micro LED display shown at CES in January 2024.

Trend One: Ambient AI forming the ecosystem of the home

AI is set to advance consumer technology to new heights with ecosystems shaped by preferences and becoming trusted advisors for enhanced efficiency.

The research unveils one in five (21%) believe the home will have an AI-powered connected device system capable of controlling the whole home without leaving the couch by 2029 In fact, more than one in four (29%) Australians expect to use their TV to control everyday tasks like opening the garage door, turning on lightbulbs or starting the washing machine.

In addition, almost two-thirds (63%) intend to purchase smart devices like pet cameras, lighting, speakers, and fridges in 2024 — Gen Z and Millennials lead the way (72%) compared to Gen X (65%) and Baby Boomers (51%) counterparts.

Trend Two: Rolling Lounge Rooms that transport households anywhere

AI and connectivity are expected to reshape driving experiences as vehicles become smarter and manufacturers transition to all-electric fleets with comfort levels that mirror living rooms. In fact, vehicle infotainment capabilities will work in tandem with those of the home, learning from interactions in both settings to respond proactively. As AI integration continues to integrate itself into our daily lives, the research reveals that 44% of Australians are interested in implementing AI into the living room and beyond by 2029.

Trend Three: Soft Robotics emergence of physical AI with a human touch

To integrate the home more than ever before, mobile AI bots will likely become a companion to accompany people, offering screens, daily information and connecting users to smart devices smoothly, so Australians can access everything they need while working, entertaining or exercising.

Over the next five years, one in five (19%) Australians see AI robots playing an integral role in the performance of tasks and simplifying everyday routines, while 16% who live alone and 13% of empty nesters believe AI will become a new source of assistance.

Trend 4: Energy Management where homes become a mini-power plant

Australians are living amid an energy revolution, making the way energy is stored, generated, and used different through every source of technology. Homes will likely all become connected to smart devices or platforms, as AI teaches them to function in the most efficient usage patterns.

This is top of mind for Australians currently purchasing new products for their home, with three in five (61%) prioritising energy efficient appliances and technology.

Trend Five: Invisible Devices to revolutionise visual interactive experiences

As seen on display at CES 2024, emerging transparent TVs are set to revolutionise how screens are used across both business and home environments. Samsung’s growing range of TVs, projectors, and audio solutions delivers a big screen experience with the integration of personalised options through smart home connectivity, gaming capabilities and premium design.