DisplayCabinet [benbashford.com] is a "hardware sketch" that aimed to avoid traditional screens to communicate valuable data created by, for, and about the people, through electronically augmenting everyday products.
The resulting installation shows shows a small ring of light on a table. When an object is placed into the ring, it expands to show the information relevant to that particular object. For instance, normal house keys become a physical prompt to show an overview of the home, including energy consumption, current cost of energy per day, broadband allowance used or weather forecasts. A small model of a fridge retrieves information such as its internal ambient temperature, energy consumption is lower than usual, or how low the milk actually is. Placing a little tube train on the table shows the actual status of the tube lines, a wallet shows financial information, and so on.
Watch a documentary movie below.
See also Kinected Conference.