The Good Night Lamp should be available in the Fall of 2012. It is sort of an ambient status update for friends and loved ones. It works by connecting big lamps and little lamps, over the internet. When the big lamp turns on, so do the little ones.
This is a great way to share a connection with someone across town, or across the globe. It’s nice because it isn’t really about “tracking” somebody, nor does it require a lot of effort to update your status with some witty message.
A nice future enhancement could be an outlet or something that one could plug an existing lamp (or other device) into that controls the associated little lamps.
Image by: Good Night Lamp