To revive an old thread: yes OOMI looks cool. And certainly, some of its claimed features and integrations would be wonderful.
But the concept of a tablet as a media remote control on your living room table does not make sense. It’s been tried by multiple vendors, and in most cases been rejected by the masses. Certain things come to us ‘naturally’. For example, some of you might remember Lotus 123 and WordPerfect and other programs. They were set up by programmers, for programmers… and the end-user experience was secondary. But once the graphical interface became the norm, the computer programs that comprise our workday started changing. They started resembling something humanity has been working with and developing for hundreds of years: the file cabinet. We open a drawer, we grab a file folder, we retrieve the needed document from within that folder, and we work on that document. Or we use a tool to create a new document, decide where to store that document, and put it in the appropriate folder in the appropriate file cabinet drawer. And so the computer interface began to resemble, more and more, that filing system that we already know so well!
The tablet as media center remote flies in the face of that. Humanity has now spent 50+ years developing the remote control for home use. Some of the early ones were fairly large rectangular objects with lots of buttons (think the old Jerrold wired cable controllers), some were pistol-shaped (Zenith Flash-Matic)… but as the tech shrunk in size, the devices began to adopt a quite standardized shape. Human ergonomics and logic have done that. A device with buttons that fits in a single human hand became the standard NOT because manufacturers demanded it, but because humans demanded it! And as different as we may want to believe we are from each other, our ergonomics and logic remain pretty similar.
So I’m not saying oomi will fail. It seems to have a lot going for it. I’m just saying that what seems to be one of its ancillary sales pitches is likely a non-starter… and given the entry cost, might see something like oomi necessarily be a little further in the future than they might like. Voice control of media (which oomi has) is of course a great drawing card, but again you apparently have to drag this tablet round with you. And voice control of an entertainment system running beyond X volume will always have inherent challenges.
So I just don’t see oomi, or any system really, displacing the handheld media system remote control. They might supplement it, but vanquishing it is not in the near future.