i never use my remote, but i definitely thought there might be a use for it in the future. I didn't see any remote in the unboxing either. oh well, can't have everything.
No sleep indicator either I think, or battery indicator. Found the latter extremely useful
maybe they want you to use your i-device to control it?
The problem with that is that you HAVE to buy an iDevice, HAVE to be on the same network, and HAVE to have the app. And I'm not sure if it works for anything other than Keynote or iTunes (they are 2 different apps!). What about else? Also, what if I don't have a WiFi network at the place I'm presenting, and I don't have 3G with me?
Most business projectors have IR. having HDMI that passes IR commands is another story.
Perhaps the ATV's IR will be supported with updated OS versions.
Using an iPhone or iPod touch is probably the best solution. Or a Logitech presentation remote.