"And that's why it's niche. Most people's eyes glaze over when you tell when about adding devices to a Scheduled Tasks list interface, and then there's people like me, for whom it totally makes sense, but I'm more like, eh, seems more complicated than necessary if I can control it with a mechanical timer. Maybe someday I'll automate something just to play with it.
Well, we have installed and supported systems in many, many homes. With all kinds of end user experience levels. Not one has had an issue with adding a "Scheduled Task" to their system. It's pretty intuitive.
What device do you want to control, what do you want it to do (turn on or off?), When do you want to do it. Save.
Keep in mind the user interface is completely customizable so it can be tailered to that end users view of intuitive. The act of interviewing and observing how a person is trying to use the system, and then tweeking it for their gaps, gives the end user ownership of the process and that makes it less of an obstacle.
Now, it does take complexity to make those user experience modifications, but much easier than ever before. That's a one and done effort on most installs. Our DIY'rs tweek it regularly because that's what they enjoy to do.
At the same time in history, the smart phone has dominated the phone industry. And they are far more complicated to use. Are they Niche?
Mechanical timer? hmmm, been a while since I saw one of those...I think they are niche