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How we’ll be living in 2020

How do you think we’ll be living in the future? Michael Holmes, spokesperson for The Southern Homebuilding & Renovating Show, shares his thoughts. Would you buy smart clothes with a ‘Find My Child’ tracking system?



We’ve seen a lot of advances in technology in recent years, and it seems to be advancing at an ever increasing rate.

With voice controlled bluetooth devices (like everyones new best friend, Alexa) wireless charging, electric cars, VR, AR and smart technology which enables you to control your whole home from the palm of your hand; it seems like the future is a lot closer than you think.

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But where do we go from here? What’s the next step for making further progress in technology?

Michael Holmes, spokesperson for The Southern Homebuilding & Renovating Show (30 June – 1 July 2018, Sandown Park, Surrey, has shared his predictions for how we’ll be living in 2020.

Michael Holmes

Michael says:


Smart clothes will measure your movement, heart rate, breathing patterns and temperature, thereby constantly monitoring your health and fitness and diagnosing issues before you even notice.

Smart clothes could generate solar electricity and store it in batteries.

Smart clothes could assess UV exposure and help prevent sun burn.


Smart fabrics may also be able to adapt to your body’s temperature and moisture levels etc. so maximise comfort.


Smart clothes will be able to identify your exact size and ensure that clothes you order will fit your height, weight, size and body shape perfectly.


Smart clothes could include tracking for children so you can opt for ‘Find My Child’ on your smart phone!

The internet of everything will link every device in the house, and even our clothes, so everything will be able to communicate and our environment will adapt accordingly.

Ceilings and/or walls will be screens so you can project what’s going on outside, or another view such as lovely sky on the ceiling. The wall can also be a smart TV/computer monitor, also linked for comms like Skype etc. Security will be integral with this, so the property will know who is there and who should/should not be there. Central locking is already an option but likely to be more common.

Climate control will be commonplace for year-round manageable comfort.

We are likely to be living in multi-generational households – a trend we are already seeing.

The letterbox may change as we all receive more out of hours’ shopping/deliveries so somewhere secure to drop off everything as part of the property may be popular.

New developments should have combined heat and power, locally generated electricity, with the by-product of heat sold for hot water and heating on a metered basis.

Underfloor heating is becoming ubiquitous and will continue to spread its popularity, as will built in entertainments/technology.

What do you think about these predictions? How do you think we’ll be living in just 2 years time?

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Crawley jobs at risk as DW Sports goes into administration



Jobs at DW Sports in Crawley town centre are at risk along with 1,700 hundred jobs across the country as the company announced it is to wind down the business.

The sports website has also been closed with immediate effect.

According to reports closing down sales are due to begin at the remaining stores as the business comes to an end.

Fitness First, a sister company of DW is to continue to operate as a separate company and its 43 clubs are not to be affected by the news.

Chief executive Martin Long said:

“As a consequence of Covid-19, we found ourselves in a position where we were mandated by Government to close down both our retail store portfolio and our gym chain in its entirety for a protracted period, leaving us with a high fixed-cost base and zero income.

“Like many other retail businesses, the consequences of this extremely challenging operating market have created inevitable profitability issues for DW Sports.

“The decision to appoint administrators has not been taken lightly but will give us the best chance to protect viable parts of the business, return them to profitability, and secure as many jobs as possible.

“It is a difficult model for any business to manage through without long-term damage, and with the limited support which we have been able to gain.

“Having exhausted all other available options for the business, we firmly believe that this process can be a platform to restructure the business and preserve many of our gyms for our members, and also protect the maximum number of jobs possible for our team members.”

Crawley Councillor Peter Smith, Cabinet member for Planning and Economic Development, said:

“This is terrible news for the staff of DW Sports; I sympathise with them and hope that they are able to secure other employment quickly. Our Employ Crawley service is currently providing free one-to-one employability and training support to jobseekers by phone, email and text.”

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