Remember when you bought your first VCR? You had a remote control for your new movie-watching device that you had to keep separate from CD player remote, your regular television remote and your stereo remote. Something as simple as changing the channel on TV meant having to fumble through several remote controls or attempting to program everything into a cumbersome (and huge) universal remote.
The same issue may be happening now in houses that are embracing the “smart home” way of life. As smart homes technology are introduced, homeowners are trying to avoid being overwhelmed by the clutter of devices, programming and controllers.