One of Z-Wave®'s most immediate applications is its ability to control even complex home entertainment systems with ease that the entire family can appreciate. One remote control can control multiple systems throughout the house, and command components in such a way so that the user is shielded from their innate operational complexity.
Because of its status-reading capabilities, Z-Wave® can know what "state" a component is in -- on or off, selected source, volume, and such -- and command other Z-Wave® enabled devices to act accordingly. For example, changing the TV channel to an HDTV program can automatically set the audio system for appropriate surround sound.
With Z-Wave®, entertainment can be organized into themed activities that greatly simplify the user experience. A button for "Listen To Music" would activate all the components to their correct settings, and can even control other devices such as lights to preferred settings. Z-Wave® can do this all throughout the home, and thanks its metadata capabilities, also send and receive wanted program information on the remote itself, from anywhere in the house.
Z-Wave® ushers in the age of the truly universal remote control.