The purpose of home automation is to give you the ability to control every aspect of your home from almost anywhere. Automation is really the biggest benefit to all these connected devices and appliances. Sure, it might be fancy to control your lights from afar, using your voice or your finger, but unless you’re able to automate those actions, you simply moved the light switch away from the wall and closer to you. You might as well have a remote control for the light and stop at that.
Automation allows you to do a number of things, like set when those lights turn on or off or control multiple devices at the same time. Most of these things still have to be manually programmed, however, though only once or twice at most. For better or worse, they’re still not smart enough to discern our needs and wants based on our habits. At least not yet.