I really wish I could use the Oculus Remote in things like VLC or Tridef Media Player or whatnot. It would be very simple to do so if it could just be exposed to the OS as a game controller or some such like that. As it stands now I find the remote completely useless which is sad. I know some Oculus apps do use it but they aren't any of the ones that I use. But yeah it would be great for chilling out and watching videos or listening to music, it just needs to be able to be interacted with "outside" of the closed Oculus Home system.
I actually never use the thing at all, so little in fact I eventually put it back in the Oculus box so I don't lose it. I'd love to see some more third-party apps in the future pick it up (Maybe a VLC-VR edition?)
In theory I guess to could do that. There was software in the past that you could use to convert a controller into a mouse with some basic keyboard control (like press select to bring up the Windows On Screen Keyboard).