Microsoft has really invested in motion control with the company's Kinect gaming device for the Xbox 360. This doesn't seem to be the end of that technology though. According to an article from Electronic House, Microsoft has begun experimenting with bringing a similar technology to home control.
Microsoft Research is taking the concept of the Kinect system further, and ditching the gaming accessory while they are at it. The Kinect uses a camera to sense motion over a specific area and translate those movements into commands. Now, clearly motion-sensing cameras won't work throughout every area of a home when applying this concept to home automation. Instead, the new system that Microsoft is working on actually taps into your body's electromagnetic field.
Since our bodies generate electromagnetic energy, this new system would detect the pulses of energy produced by our bodies, as well as all the interference from electrical appliances around the house. The system would translate the pulses of energy given off by our bodies into controls that could command lighting, AV equipment, and temperatures controls, all by touching a wall.
It's certainly an interesting concept that could revolutionize the automation industry.