Walking up the front steps of the TELUS Future Home, I’m greeted by the upbeat words of a woman welcoming me home.

I look around, searching for this greeter. Instead, the voice repeats herself and I realize that this virtual welcomer is speaking to me through a pane of glass at the entryway to the home. She asks me to scan my face to unlock the front door. I oblige, and once inside, a team of enthusiastic TELUS Future Home hosts show me around station by station.

In the kitchen, the refrigerator suggests some meals I can make based on the groceries I have on hand. It also suggests I pick up a few items I’m low on next time I’m out, and gives me the option to make a grocery list with the tap of a screen.