Europe South Asia Asia Pacific Americas Middle East Africa BBC Homepage World Service Education

Front Page



UK Politics







Talking Point

In Depth

On Air

Low Graphics

Tuesday, July 20, 1999 Published at 02:16 GMT 03:16 UK


Teleport is dream gadget

Self-cleaning kitchens and cars that do not break down, please

Britons expect to have more gadgets in 10 years, but dream of instantaneous global travel and learning while they are asleep, according to a survey.

Self-cleaning kitchens, electronic assistants and maintenance-free cars are among the top items in the technology wish-list for 2009.

The BBC's Christine McGourty: "Ideal home of the future has self-cleaning kitchen and calorie-free food in the fridge"
But what people would really like is some new Star Trek-style technology that would enable them to be "teleported" instantanously anywhere in the world.

And according to the survey, The British And Technology, conducted by electronics company Motorola, people also want to be able to programme their dreams to travel, learn and cure bad habits while asleep.

Others hope technology will enable them to complete a two-hour physical workout in just 20 minutes.

More realistically, the idea of having an electronic personal digital assistant was popular.

[ image: The electronic PA of choice for men and women]
The electronic PA of choice for men and women
Ideally, men would like this to resemble TV presenter Carol Vorderman, followed by colleague Philippa Forrester and actress Pamela Anderson. The top choices for women were actors Pierce Brosnan and Sean Connery, and then Carol Vorderman again.

The survey found calorie-free food, voice-activated anything and wall-sized television screens were also in demand.

The TVs would be used for shopping and banking as well as watching programmes, with men quite liking the idea of using it for virtual-reality sports.

Cars would preferably be solar-powered and certainly never break down.

The survey also found some interesting facts about Internet use.

[ image: We are hi-tech - or are we?]
We are hi-tech - or are we?
Use of the Internet at home has rocketed by 44% in the last year.

More people are using the Net for banking - up to 9% this year from 4% last year.

And more people, especially men, are using the Net for shopping although the most popular use of the Internet remains searching for information.

But the survey found that we are not as hi-tech as we think we are.

A quarter of those surveyed did not know the difference between digital TV and analogue TV.

And despite all the changes, the most commonly used home technology remains ... teletext.

Advanced options | Search tips

Back to top | BBC News Home | BBC Homepage | ©

Sci/Tech Contents

Relevant Stories

27 May 99 | Sci/Tech
Flying car ready for take-off

20 Jul 99 | Sci/Tech
Future gadgets get mixed reaction

10 Feb 99 | Sci/Tech
Making your kitchen cool

23 Jan 99 | Sci/Tech
Technology? Yes please, say Britons

20 Jul 99 | Sci/Tech
Plastics promise bright future

Internet Links

The British and Technology

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.

In this section

World's smallest transistor

Scientists join forces to study Arctic ozone

Mathematicians crack big puzzle

From Business
The growing threat of internet fraud

Who watches the pilots?

From Health
Cold 'cure' comes one step closer