As I see it any truly automated home is held back by two major issues:
Indoor location accuracy (or accurate presence sensing) - And this is gradually being worked on.
Ability to tell when someone is asleep in a room - Thus this new device interests me.
Here’s a scenario that encompass both problems. On the week days I work way later than my girlfriend and she’s often asleep by the time I get home, I need light in the bedroom so I need some sort of motion sensor to turn one on when I enter the room, but I don’t want it to turn all the lights on when there is someone already in the room who is currently asleep. Instead I just want the Philips Hue strip I have under the bed to turn on to give me a bit of light.
At the same time if we’re BOTH asleep in the room, we don’t want that same motion sensor to keep turning on even just the Hue strip under the bed. Additionally if we’re both just getting home late and we walk in the room, we want it to turn on some normal lights light the nightstands and the accent Hue Iris’ I have behind the TV.
Accurate indoor location and sleep sensors would solve all the above issues with an appropriate rules engine.