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Wave Pillow

I’ve written before about “ambient information” — the concept of transmitting information in periphery of your attention, instead of in the center. The most famous designers doing this right now are the guys at Ambient Devices, but I recently saw a new and rather goofy one: the Wave Pillow. It’s a pillow for surfers; it checks online to see if the waves are good, and if so, it vibrates gently to wake you up. Dude.

(Thanks to the Julia Set blog for this one!)

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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