We had a client that has a very nice wine collection and cellar.
We wrote a wine database application for the job.
When the client has a dinner party, they pass the tablet around the table to view wine pairings for the meal. They can view details of the wine, see the label, and with a click, see a graphical image of where in the cellar it is stored.
The group goes down to the cellar. The lights dim automatically, the cellar lights (inside the glass walls) are a little brighter to highlite the cellar.
The audio system turns on with background light music automatically in that zone.
The owner does a finger print scan, which once authenticated, slides open the glass door to the cellar.
The chosen bottle is backlit brighter than the rest of bottles.
When the bottle is removed, the backlighting dims.
If one is to remove a different bottle, the tablet in the cellar immediately tells you what that bottle is, it's value, when and where it was purchased, Robert Parker scores, etc.
If a bottle is removed from the cellar and the cellar is not "unlocked" with proper credentials, then the security system is violated.
The bottle upon authorized removal, is then removed from the inventory automatically.
The guests enjoy the bottle, and can list their tasting notes into the database for future recollection of the experience.
What the heck, here's another:
Client had us install an outdoor James / QSC amp landscape audio system that was tied into myServer as an audio source.
We also created custom made RGB lights for the spa / pool. Including hand made copper "scuppers" that flowed water from the spa to the pool. In each of these copper scuppers was an RGB light.
We wrote software to take the audio feed and create RGB light values for frequency and "beat". We then used our DMX RGB lighting software to change the light values across the pool to "dance" with the music that was playing. So, it made the pool and the 5 "scuppers" a color organ.
Of course the client can select from client settable lighting presets, or use the graphical sliders to tune the colors infinately. They can see a preview of the color choices on the tablet before sending the choice to the DMX control system.
And a simpler, more "practical" example:
Client that had a stroke, was wheel chair mobile.
We retrofitted her home so all daily things were accessible from her multiple tablets, including one mounted to her wheel chair. The user interface was designed with large, easy to read, easy to click buttons that was intuitive for HER. All of the doors were motorized. The ELK security system managed sensors to know wheel chair position. Our myServer software then "debounced" the sensors to know when to open a door automatically as she got close. Somfy RS485 Blinds through the home were installed and automated / manual mode accessible from the tablet. The graphics on the tablet displayed graphically the state of each blind (so she didn't have to move to see). The security system, irrigation, All media, whole house audio, lighting, etc were all accessible from her tablets.
We used DMX RGB lighting for visual effects, including edge lighting some LumaCore wall panels to provide room separation yet beauty. The lighting slowly changes colors through the day for best effect with the natural lighting. Very rewarding project that helps the client out every minute of every day.
Client had a deluxe home that had the expansive lower level be a party room. They liked to host parties with live bands and had a stage built into the home. On all touchscreens (that normally display artwork), the live band is announced and their playlist. We wrote an application for myServer that took the place of the mixing board...so the client can control the music mix from any tablet in the home (raise the volume of the lead guitar, lower the drum kit mikes, etc). The custom made bar had a curved screen built into the glass base that displayed the music "EQ". Lyrics are also accessible from any of the touchscreens. All built into the "automation" system.
Lots more cool things that are possible with the right technical foundation, mechanical and fabrication capability and hours.
Things you can't do with Control4, Crestron, Savant and most all others
If you can dream it, it's possible.