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The Jetsons come to life at Telus Future Home in Port Coquitlam

The Vancouver-based telecommunications giant is giving visitors a sneak peek at high-tech home gadgets that will be possible with fibre optic technology.

Facial recognition technology opens the door to the Telus Future Home in Port Coquitlam on Thursday.

Courtesy Telus

Facial recognition technology opens the door to the Telus Future Home in Port Coquitlam on Thursday.

The future may be more like The Jetsons than anyone could have imagined— at least if Telus has anything to do with it.

The Vancouver-based telecommunications giant opened the doors to its Future Home in Port Coquitlam on Thursday, giving visitors a sneak peek at some high-tech gadgets the company believes will be built into every new home in years to come following its recent $1-billion fibre optic investment for Metro Vancouver.

“It is a bit like The Jetsons— not everything that you see will actually materialize and become mainstream,” said Tony Geheran, president of broadband networks for Telus. “But some of the things certainly will, and it’s a really fun way for people to look at new technology and how being connected by the Internet … can have applications in the home.”

A smart cooktop tells users the exact nutritional value of their food at the Telus Future Home in Port Coquitlam.

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A smart cooktop tells users the exact nutritional value of their food at the Telus Future Home in Port Coquitlam.

No, there aren’t flying cars in the parking lot— but the 560-square-foot concept home is outfitted with the latest devices, including some still in development.

At the front door is a facial recognition panel that scans the faces of anyone entering the home, both protecting against intruders and allowing homeowners to get inside without the use of keys.

A plant sensor is one of the devices on display at the Telus Future Home in Port Coquitlam.

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A plant sensor is one of the devices on display at the Telus Future Home in Port Coquitlam.

Many other devices are controlled by gestures, allowing the user to check with a single hand movement if there were any missed phone calls or voicemails left that day or mail deliveries.

“My favourite is the smart cooktop,” said Geheran. “It’s basically a flat cooktop with a smart centre on it. You put some food over it, and it basically reads the barcode and tells you the exact nutritional value of the food and gives you five or six recipes you can use to cook with that.”

The Telus Future Home includes an urban cultivator for growing herbs and greens in the kitchen.

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The Telus Future Home includes an urban cultivator for growing herbs and greens in the kitchen.

Other gadgets include a home office with an interactive touch table, a 4K ultra high-definition TV, and a fridge that allows users to grow herbs for everyday cooking.

“It’s just a fun environment,” he said. “We’ve showcased the home in every community where we’ve put the fibre infrastructure in just to show where things might be going.”

The Future Home is open to visitors Thursday until Sunday, Dec. 13, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily at the Save-On-Foods parking lot at 2385 Ottawa Street in Port Coquitlam.

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