Here we see a vintage 1949 glimpse into the future! Behold the modern housewife, whose technology allows here to control lights, play the radio, start breakfast, wash the dishes, speak to members of the family in other rooms and watches her children -- all from the comfort of bed!
Fast-forward to today and our control boxes are much smaller. They fit in the palm of our hand and you can accomplish most or all of these tasks with the right combination of equipment and downloadable apps. Though I think the "start breakfast" thing might be a bit limited.