Smart devices that we control with our minds or that prescribe medicine at the sound of a sneeze could be fitted in the average home by the end of the decade, say researchers.
A report has estimated that by 2030 the average person will be interacting with a smart device every 18 seconds.
The Connected Consumer 2030 study by Vodafone asked experts within the healthcare, transport, and climate change sectors for their technology predictions.
Smart devices that we control with our minds could be fitted in the average home by the end of the decade, say researchers. (Stock image)
In the wake of the pandemic, they predict the average home will be equipped with devices to monitor our health.
This includes smart mirrors to spot abnormal changes in our skin or smart speakers that can request a prescription if they hear coughs and sneezes.
The report estimates the devices could save the global healthcare industry £33billion a year.
Our day-to-day routine will be aided by 'wearables' – such as those that can detect brain signals and carry out commands without the users having to speak.
Instead of our voices, they will controlled by our silent thoughts.
These brain-computer interfaces open up the possibility of a future without screens or a 'metaverse', the 3D virtual world that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is hedging his bets on.
Other predictions include smart nature