I invented this beautifully simple lamp that tunes into online information to help people track the things that matter to them the most through subtly changing colors. It was the first product of many for my company Ambient Devices, funded by Nicholas Negroponte and Hiroshi Ishii of the MIT Media Lab. The product won awards, garnered an incredible amount of press, and found distribution in catalogs and at the Museum of Modern Art store in NYC. We made the first batches in the US with a $300 MSRP, and eventually took manufacturing to China where we were able to reduce to price to $100. I’m proud that we realized early on that the data API should be open, to let people track anything. And they did: Chris Sacca, then a Google tracked surf heights, Bloomberg tracked sales-team performance, Mass General Hospital used it to help diabetics monitor blood sugar levels, NextBus used it to increase ridership, PR firms gave it away to their customers to track media hits, Ned Johnson at Fidelity has one on his desk to track the market.