As part of a design competition over at designboom, Caleb Fung has come up with a networked tile system. The tiles has embedded cabling which then join up with other “node” tiles which have functions such as lighting, heated tiles, flat speakers, LCD panels, outlets and dimmer switches that allow you to adjust brightness, warmth, and volume.
Apparently this is just a concept at the moment. Here’s hoping that it will be commercially produced at sometime. If I ever have my own place I’d love to have these!
Here is a great mockup for the potential applications of the Pervasive Tiles.