Don’t Miss: ‘Home of the Future’ tomorrow night on Channel 4

by Lynn Connolly

How many times have you wished you had a gadget to do something labour saving in your home?

Well, for Michele Perera and her family, that dream became a reality when Channel 4 kitted their house out with every gadget known to man – and some not – for new show, ‘Home of the Future’, but did Michele and her family love or hate the new additions to their home?

We’ll find out as of tomorrow night when the show premieres on C4 at 7pm, with the first episode entitled ‘Rest’ in which the Perera family are introduced to their new high-tech home and find some novel methods of relaxation await them.

However, it seems that Michele found some of the gadgets just plain annoying, and she told the Sun’s TV Biz that she was irritated by a ‘smart’ appliance that emptied her bath before she’d even been in it for five minutes…

She also revealed that their new cooker is so high-tech, nobody can figure out how to use it!

Among their other ‘smart’ toys and tricks is a 3D printer, and a NASA invented soil free growing machine.

Of her futuristic home makeover, Michele told the paper, “It has changed the way I live but I wasn’t ready for all of it.

“But it took the most modern technology to remind us of some family values we were in danger of forgetting.

“Getting to grips with all this technology has actually made me feel younger inside.

“And now we think twice about our power and water usage.

“Even though we’re now generating our own electricity, I still don’t want to be wasteful so I switch off a light if it’s unnecessary.

“And we’re still working on reducing our water use. This is an ongoing project for us.”

And of the moment that Michele and her family returned to their Sheffield home after C4 had put in all the gadgetry, she said, “It was a massive shock at first. My fancy chandeliers were gone and had been replaced with speakers and spotlights.

“I’ve lived in the same house for 21 years and I felt like all my personality had been thrown out with my fixtures and fittings.

“Where I’d had lots of colour in the house before, everywhere was white.

“I’ve got six kids, four grandkids and two dogs and all I could think was, ‘How am I going to train them all to keep this clean?’

“I do love it now. I actually find the white very calming. But it was a massive shock at the time.”

Michele went on to explain that some of the technology soon became must-have items, such as the computer controlled thumb print door entry system, a pocket-sized virtual laser keyboard, and brainwave-controlled video games including archery and tug of war games that rely entirely on your concentration.

Michele also had a driver-aided car which did parallel and reverse parking for her, and she was gutted to have to give it back!

She said, “If I could have kept that it would have been a dream come true.”

I can’t wait to see this show! Will you be watching?


Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.