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Technology to be main focus at Dubai's design fair

The 'Home of Tomorrow' to show designers' take on Smart homes

Gervasoni: "Home automation is already here and it is intuitive to use. We can imagine that the smart home of tomorrow will learn our habits and adapt to our lifestyles blending seamlessly into our everyday lives".
Gervasoni: "Home automation is already here and it is intuitive to use. We can imagine that the smart home of tomorrow will learn our habits and adapt to our lifestyles blending seamlessly into our everyday lives".

An interactive show home will debut at Dubai's Downtown Design event as part of the fair's innovation program at its 2014 edition from 28 to 31 October.

The "Home of Tomorrow" will include: window-blinds that roll up and down following sunset and sunrise; high-tech bulbs that turn themselves off; glass panels that turn from transparent to opaque to allow privacy; mirrors that transform into a TV or computer screen; cooking appliances that can be preheated remotely; and other devices that can be accessed through apps on mobile phones and tablets.

"Home automation is already here and it is intuitive to use. We can imagine that the smart home of tomorrow will learn our habits and adapt to our lifestyles blending seamlessly into our everyday lives", says Cristina Romelli Gervasoni, Downtown Design's fair director "The key is to make sure that we never notice that all these technologies are there. We are excited to see how our visitors interact with the exhibit."

Downtown Design has been working with ikonhouse whose retail outlet includes brands such as Bang & Olufsen, Crestron, Lutron, Berker, Hager, Emeco, Fritz Hansen, Louis Pulsen, Montana and Vitra to create the hi-tech installation at the fair.

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