Home Automation....Your Thoughts

There was another Apple rumor article about home automation being the next sort of 'feature" in iOS 8. Which seemed to be the typical type of rumor.

With that said it seems like now Google, MS, and now Apple are looking to seriously get into the home automation space.

This is exciting to me as I currently have my house wired up using a 2 gig system tied to alarm.com. This gives me control of door locks, thermostats, and lights. The part that I worry about is that the $1000+ invested into this system will not work with anything Google or the others decide to come out with.

So what are your thoughts on Home Automation? Do you use it? Do you have any wishes for how Google should implement it in the future?

Sorry if there are typos, posted this from my phone.