I know what you mean. I have a cp2e, a av2 with an ethernet card, a ni700 and a axcent 3 pro that i slave to it for ports. I even recently got some AMX and Crestron touch panels. At one point I had my dell Axim programmed using c# to operate my AMX system. The funny thing is I have more control options then need and most of them have become nothing more then day job test beds now because I use my tab and note for the heavy lifting at home.
Oh I see what you mean about the pictures. Talk is cheap and such.
I love my Dreamcast. I remember when Phantasy Star Online came out. I played that for nights on end. It was a sad day when the Dreamcast was put to rest. I even had the Belem disc to run Gran Turismo 2 on the Dreamcast. Oh and don't forget cho cho rocket,
Lol I hate using Netflix on a console. I remember the first time I got invited by a friend to watch a video with him on xbox. It was like mystery science theater with the avatars in front of the movie. I miss the days of the original play station and Super Nintendo.
At my job iPads are the number one seller for touch panels for Crestron and AMX. Abut the only people buying the Crestron and AMX touch panels is the government because they don't use wireless devices. The reason they are so popular is the price. Why spend $6000 for a 6 inch screen when you can spend something like $300 for a iPad 2 and $100 for a Crestron license of Crestron mobile g pro or $700 for a license for tp control. I don't see many expensive iPads being used though for the main reason of it being over kill for the task. I also don't see many androids being used. In fact only sony used a android tablet and that was only because they insisted on only using sony AV equipment aside from the Crestron gear in their system.
If you mean physical key pads I have only seen them used in universities that could not afford a touch panel.
There is not much more to the setup in the room except the display. I just have a speaker bar with a seperate sub being powered by the amp for now until I have enough money for the speakers I want,
I can show you some of the gear I have sitting around my house though. If you watch the video in my app listing on google play you can see some of the control system gear. The video is old and I'm working on replacing it but it also shows some more of the system in action.