Had a quick look at an old copy of Modern Drummer this morning and the name Tony Verderosa caught my eye. Tony dove into the combination of electronic and acoustic drums a decade (or more) ago and combined them with loops, grooves and keyboardhits/chords almost like a DJ would do. I would love to trigger chords like that.
Some people may not like this approach to drumming and music. But at least this is an interesting way of excercising/experimenting and would enhance every drummer's skills and chops.