Ambient usability

I just saw two neat applications of computer-like intelligence integrated with parts of our regular lives. (both via engadget)

Faucets that illuminate the water in a red shade if the water is hot, or a blue shade if the water is cold:

And this umbrella, who’s handle glows to let you know whether or not you should take it to work, based on weather reports in your area:

This kind of thing is very cool… I hope to see it become cheaper and more popular in the future.