@Tosko i have the feeling you are trying to say what will be in or will be out; that is why we have feature requests right? As a matter of fact, me and @marton discussed the topic and there might be room to fit an ESP32 in the base. This can indeed be combined with the IR sender from Niels de Klerk, and has both WiFi and Bluetooth on board. This would also enable beacon possibility (which in turn cuold allow the WiFi on the remote to be (entirely) off and have the ESP32 communicate with the remote via bluetooth).
I have also discussed to see if it could be possible to have some sort of SDK/hardware addition. For example; by default you now would show the setup screen (once) if you are starting it for the first time, but i am going to see if i can change the software so that you can add multiple hubs and maybe even ‘non-hub’ devices. For this you would have to write your own drivers, but having the possibility to discover non-hub devices would already be a big start.
Benefit of it would be that NO hardware change on the remote would need to be changed. MAYBE (if it fits) an ESP32 in the base, with IR-emitters but that could also be added later as a ‘replacement’ base. The rest, is software and that is the fun part of having it open source.
More and more people (also around me in the office) are seeing the benefits of this remote and i think we should make it smart enough to be extendible. First the remote, with a good battery life etc. etc. and maybe if it fits a blanco ESP32 (as option) with IR emitters in the base; the ESP32 is also open source and can be programmed with Arduino if you want to have it run your own software.