No, I'm not going to speak here about the latest cordless drill or laser level.
What if tools could talk? Imagine a tool that could communicate where it is or when it was last used. What if a circular saw could communicate it's operating statistics and tell you how much use is left in the blade?
Science fiction? Not really. Data is all around us, we just need to grab it, interpret it and put it to good use.
Check out http://www.violet.net/ and see how their very simple rfid system could automate some pretty mundane things. Check out this video.