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"I can remember when the first pulsars were discovered. I was able to go and sit down and listen to graduate students talking about what their theories, to explain what pulsars really were."
- Vernor Vinge

Smart Wallpaper  
  Wallpaper that can sense your mood and provide an appropriate color scheme.  

First they went to Decor Botanicals, where a team of five seniors was developing Smart Wallpaper that would change color on the walls of your room to compliment your mood. This wallpaper - they told Jimmy - had a modified form of Kirilian-energy-sensing algae embedded in it, along with a sublayer of algae nutrients, but there were still some glitches to be fixed. The wallpaper was short-lived in humid weather because it ate up all the nutrients and went grey; also it could not tell the difference between drooling lust and murderous rage, and was likely to turn your wallpaper an erotic pink when what you really needed was a murky, capillary-bursting greenish red.
From Oryx and Crake, by Margaret Atwood.
Published by Nan A. Talese in 2003
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This also reminds me somewhat of the swibble, from Philip K. Dick's 1955 short story Service Call.

Take a look at the reactive wallpaper from John Shirley's 1985 cyberpunk hit Freezone.

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