The FutureHome Hub is a $1.5 billion venture capital and private investment firm that aims to create a “digital home” that will serve as the next step in the evolution of the home, with “virtual reality” as its primary focus.
It is currently building out the infrastructure to allow for this vision, including the FutureHome app that will be the gateway to the hub’s virtual home.
A key feature of the Future Home hub is that it will be able to display your real-world living space, including “virtual and augmented reality” in the home.
“In the future, you’ll be able take your home to a whole new level of entertainment and productivity,” FutureHome CEO Robert Benski told me.
“With virtual reality, you will be watching your home in real time and then be able actually be in the living space in the virtual space.
In the future you’ll also be able look at the living room, or even your living room from a whole different perspective.”
This means that the FutureHomes will not only display your virtual reality content, but it will also enable you to interact with it in real-time, in an “invisible” way.
Benskin says that this “invisibility” of virtual reality will make the future home experience “more interactive” and more “enjoyable”.
He added: “The technology is going to be there.
And the people will be there, to get the real estate done.”
Benskins pitch for the FutureHouse, which is expected to be complete by 2021, was made at an investor conference in October.
He said that the technology needed to be “well developed”, with “some of the initial development done already”.
Benskis vision for the future is to make the real-life living space “fantastic” and “fascinating”, which would involve a virtual reality experience, as well as being able to “see through” the walls of your home and “see what’s going on around you”.
The FutureHouses will be connected to a central data hub to allow users to “experience” and share virtual reality “in a whole other way”, including “in real time”.
Bensenks presentation was followed by a presentation by one of the co-founders of the company, Peter Fink, who is also the CEO of the Oculus VR headset, a device that lets you experience virtual reality in your living rooms, in realtime.
Fink said that this will allow users “to really experience what virtual reality is all about”.
“It’s not just about virtual reality,” he said.
“Virtual reality is a much bigger space than just your room.”
Fink’s presentation is available here.
A spokesperson for Oculus confirmed that the company has been working with Bensks team on a VR project.
Oculus VR’s VR head of product development, Ryan Ehrlich, told Polygon that Oculus VR is “looking into bringing virtual reality to consumers, and we’re working on a virtual space experience”.
“We’re trying to build the technology to enable virtual reality on consumer devices,” he added.
“This is something we’ve been working on for years.
This is something Oculus is also very interested in.
It’s a very exciting time in virtual reality.”
Bensenkis presentation was attended by VR pioneer Ray Kurzweil, who told Polygons attendees that VR is the future.
“There are some amazing things happening in virtual and augmented-reality, and virtual reality can do all of those things in a way that conventional technology can’t,” he told attendees.
Kurz, whose company is also working on an AR headset called Project Loon, said that virtual reality has the potential to “become the new computing platform for many industries”.
Kurz told the audience that VR could revolutionise healthcare and education.
“If we could bring VR to everybody, you wouldn’t have to go to a doctor or go to your school to do it,” he explained.
“You could have your own virtual reality home.
You could have all of the resources you need there.”
A representative for Bensko said that FutureHome will not be able “to compete” with traditional technology companies like Facebook and Google.
“We are very excited about VR,” she said.
The FutureHouse has been designed to be connected directly to your home’s internet connection, meaning that it does not need to be plugged into a wall or cable.
Bensenki told PolyGon that the future of the internet will be “internet connected homes”.
This means the Future House will not need the same internet connectivity as existing homes, but will instead have a “mobile internet”.
Bids are open for a number of participants, and the first two are expected to take place in October, with the final stage of the process set for December.
In a recent presentation, FutureHome’s Benskoviks stated that they would be looking to build a “home hub that is