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"[Science fiction is] nightmares and visions, always outlined by the barely possible."
- Gregory Benford

Hydropathic bed  
  A heated bed that used something more comfortable than water.  

Something less sloshy than water would be a useful innovation - even though waterbeds can be outfitted with compartments or big sponges to cut down on the waves.

He lay quietly in the hydropathic bed while his heart shuddered and his eyes focused at random on objects in the room, simulating a calm he could not feel. The walls of green jade, the nightlight in the porcelain mandarin whose head nodded interminably if you touched him, the multi-click that radiated the time of three planets and six satellites, the bed itself, a crystal pool flowing with carbonated glycerin at ninety-nine point nine Fahrenheit.
From The Demolished Man, by Alfred Bester.
Published by Vintage Books in 1996
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The only downside is that, if some of the current concerns over the availability of potable water cease to pass, you may want to have a bed you can drink from - just in case.

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