I’m going to agree and disagree with you at the same time RockLobster. See, in my house I’m a techno-nerd-geek-whatever you want to call it. I lunge for the new technology whenever possible and love to play with it. I don’t mind complications or complexities because I know it’s part of the being on the edge of new technology.
But my wife… while certainly no stranger to technology nor a techno-phobe, she’s certainly less likely to jump at new technology. If the old way is working just fine, why do I need to use something different? Getting up and flipping the switch on the wall works just great for me. Why do I want to mess with a Lifx bulb that I have to flip the switch twice to turn off when flipping it once turns it off? It’s stupid.
For people like my wife the in-wall switch is ideal. We add functionality without changing the way she handles things right now. Now I have lights that I can turn on or off remotely and she can still use the switch. Everyone is happy. I imagine this will also be great for others who are…shall we say “Set in their Ways” and not quick to learn a whole bunch of new ways to doing things? (like elderly parents/grand parents?) Provide new technology without changing existing methods and everyone wins.
Now, having said that, I 100% agree without regarding the universal button. I’ve been asking for this for a long time and SmartThings has said they are interested and working on the idea. Probably thought of the idea long before I brought it up on the Kickstarter page, but hey, I like to think it was all my idea. Makes me free important, ya know? Anyway, I figure something will be coming very soon.