I wont go to home automation until it is all voice recognition. Imagine this scenario: I come home from work, computer play track 3, in folder media, music selection enya. Then later when I have my food and beer, computer stop music, tv on, load movie blade 3.
No remotes, lets say I need to use the bathroom from eating dinner in the middle of the movie, computer pause movie, come back from using bathroom, computer lights off unpause movie.
No remotes needed. You would not need mics all over the room, or all over the house. One shotgun mic or a decent mic, in select rooms would be enuf, and if it is done right, most people would never even know the mics are there.