The Ambient Orb looks like a crystal ball. It won't show you what the next big thing on Wall Street is, but it will change color according to the performance of the stock market.
When the Orb first arrives it's preset to follow Dow Jones Industrial Average, but it can also be adjusted to track the weather or even personal portfolios for a fee.
Implications - This trend clearly demonstrates society's increasing affinity for products that help make receiving and understanding data faster and more convenient. Products like this break useful information down into immediately obvious visual cues, and thus are perfectly geared towards consumers who don't always have the time to sift through data when only the most salient points of information are needed.