We will be able to remotely control the operation of all the domestic appliances in our homes in the next 10 to 15 years.
That's according to a leading authority on the technology of 'connected homes'.
Nick Underwood, buying administrator for John Lewis, said that, despite the 'fully connected' home appearing in many cartoons and futuristic films, the technology is still some way off being suitable for widespread adoption.
"The first connected homes will appear within 10 to 15 years," he said, but he added the proviso: "It may take a lot longer for fully connected homes to become the norm."
He told Trustedreviews.com:“We predict that smart connectivity will truly take off once it becomes commonplace on electrical appliances and consumers become more familiar with the technology.”
Underwood said the market for home automation could split into two sectors, that for individual devices capable of being controlled remotely, and that for the entire automation of home devices.
"Home automation and connected home products are proving really popular and we've seen sales rise by 156 per cent since the same period last year," he added.