Lou. mayor, GE leaders envision 'home of the future'


by Claudia Coffey


Posted on July 18, 2013 at 5:48 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 18 at 6:01 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Imagine what your home would look like in the year 2025. How about machines that make your dinner, fold your clothes and feed your dog?

The Jetson's lived the life that we all couldn't wait to have, a futuristic, robot filled world where the kitchen made everything for you and you zoomed around on flying cars.

Not exactly reality but it could be.

General Electric designers and engineers along with Mayor Greg Fischer showed off what could be in  stores and your home in 4-5 years.
"If I know the lifestyle of my customer and how they live their lives because we have a better opportunity to design that refrigerator to meet their needs  as opposed to just come up with an object," Lou Lenzi, GE design team, said.

It zeros in on what works for four types of families,  newlyweds in the city, a couple in an revitalized industrial town, a retired family and a single mom who cares for her father.

There's some cool gadgets like a washer that folds your clothes, an indoor garden and 3D printers that produce more than paper.

"You can create your own silverware, plates, dishes also edible objects like biscuits for your dog," Lenzi said. 

The gallery will be open for the next six weeks for you to check out all the designs, as well as offer your own ideas - you can write them on the board or tweet them @home2025.

The mayor said he has some ideas of what he'd like his house to look like.

"The most important thing to me is a good ice dispenser of good cube clear ice. Ice makers have been good to me throughout my life so that is important," Fischer said.

So the future may not be ala the Jetsons, but instead a little less complex and more enjoyable.\

The Home 2025 exhibit is located at the Cressman Center Gallery at 100 East Main St.