Perceptive Automation today announced the release of version 4.0 of Indigo, their intelligent home control and automation server for Mac OS X. New with this release is support for Indigo Touch, a native iPhone and iPod touch application, which allows a user to control their home automation system from anywhere using WiFi, 3G, or Edge connectivity. Indigo Touch is available now as a free download from the iTunes App Store. Check out the video after the break…
“With Indigo I was able to reduce my electric bill over 40%”, said user of Indigo David Herren. “The use of Indigo Pro home automation logic, remote iPhone control, and motion sensors allow me to control lighting and heating while still keeping my home comfortable and secure. As an example, the other night I stopped to have dinner at a friend’s house and used my iPhone to turn off the heat. Why heat an empty house for those 4 hours?
Along with the new release of Indigo, a new feature of the PerceptiveAutomation website is a How-To Wiki. This wiki contains detailed background information on various Home Automation topics and step-by-step instructions to implement many common home automation tasks. The topics range from entry-level information to sophisticated home automation scenarios. Anyone may view wiki entries and members of the Indigo community contribute information frequently.
“One of the major focuses of this release was to make home automation more accessible for the Indigo Lite class of customer,” said Jay Martin, a partner at Perceptive Automation. “With the addition of the How-To Wiki, we believe that our customers new to home automation will be able to more quickly implement the basic home automation features. Combine that with Indigo’s new usability improvements and it’s easier than ever to realize the many benefits that a good home automation system can provide.”
Indigo’s new folder management feature allows users to more easily organize their devices, schedules, trigger logic, actions and variables. Users can easily specify which folders are visible/hidden to remote clients, like Indigo Touch or Web browsers. Other new functionality introduced in Indigo v4.0 includes Bonjour support for Web browser access, improved Indigo Server and Web server performance, refinements to the user interface, improved AppleScript support, automatic version checking and support for several new INSTEON hardware modules: IR-Linc Transmitter, I/O-Linc, and Motion Sensor.
Indigo provides native support for the INSTEON-enabled PowerLinc V2 (2414U), CM-11, LynX-PLC, MR26, and W800RF32. These computer interfaces allow Indigo to remotely communicate with INSTEON and X10 devices throughout the home over existing power lines, giving users remote programmable control over lights, appliances, thermostats, and sprinkler controllers. Additionally, the Indigo Touch native iPhone and iPod touch application allows mobile-optimized remote home control from anywhere.
Pricing and Availability – Indigo Pro v4.0 is available now for $179.95 and Indigo Lite v4.0 for $89.95 through the Perceptive Automation website. Upgrade discounts are available for all previous Indigo customers. Also available online is a 30 day trial copy of Indigo Pro. Indigo runs on Mac OS X 10.4.11 or greater, and requires a supported INSTEON or X10 computer interface for controlling home lighting and appliance modules.”