Re: What did you expect?
Yes, the Internet of Things is going to make almost everything possible.
The shower thing can be done with a sensor that you activate through your phone. Your coffee maker can be programmed to make your coffee at a certain time. An AI then brings the coffee to your bed and wakes you up.
The AI reads the news that you are interested in, and ignores the topics that not interest you. When you are ready to go to the shower you start it from your phone, so the bathroom is all nice and steamy when you get there. :D
"I was thinking more of a real AI on the phone and holographic images of the person we're talking to or even maps. Well, that would be neat and handy, wouldn't be?"
Yes. You can already have Augmented Reality and holographic images on the phone. I saw this some years ago in a conference. Then I saw a commercial. It was being used for marketing. I think it was an app from Qualcomm.