I can see some benefits but not sure it's really worth it
A few thoughts that crossed my head while reading...
- Run a bath remotely
- I want toast to pop up and the kettle to boil as the food in the oven is ready
- Turn the coffee machine/kettle on when my alarm goes off
- Turn off the TV/lights when I fall asleep
But these are all bits and pieces. Maybe living in a "connected home" you would naturally find yourself using it in lots of 'obvious' ways that aren't apparent.
You can already set a timer on your coffee machine, our washing machine lets you program the stop-time so it finishes the load as you get back from work, etc. Is it a case of many minimal gains rather than some revolution?