Updates to the iRule cloud-based remote control system focus on ease-of-use with a Builder Wizard and automation modules.
With its first major software update this year, iRule has released iOS Version 3.0 of its cloud-based universal remote control system. Version 3.0 offers more functionality and automation while simplifying the system for A/V enthusiasts and professional installers.
An upgraded Android version is expected later in 2013.
“As interest in iRule continues to grow, we saw an opportunity to streamline many of the features while remaining true to our original goal of creating a fully customizable remote control system,” says iRule CTO Victor Nemirovsky. “Adding Wizards and support for more lighting and automation systems will help users create remotes faster with better control of more devices in the home.”
Highlights of iRule iOS Version 3.0 include:
iRule Builder Handset Wizard helps new users create custom remote layouts by selecting a theme, activities and devices. The Wizard will create the layout while still allowing users to tweak and fully customize their remote
Automation Modules for lights, HVAC systems and appliances with full feedback for Lutron RadioRA 2, HAI Omni, Universal Devices ISY, Mi Casa Verde Vera ZWave, and Radio Thermostat
Updated modules for Leviton Z-Wave that now supports HVAC control with full feedback via Leviton Vizia RF controller, and another for Onkyo-Integra Module that now supports multi-zone receivers
Gateway Configurator for easier, faster set up of the iRule handset device.
iRule was created by two A/V fans, Itai Ben-Gal and Victor Nemirovsky, when they were looking for an easier way to control a home theater system. It offers a solution to accommodate many components and eliminate the clutter caused by multiple remotes with limited uses, according to the company.
iRule is a cloud-based software solution coupled with simple hardware which controls any infrared (IR), RS-232 or Ethernet-enabled audio/video equipment, making it compatible with nearly any system or combination of components. A fully customizable interface allows users to simplify controls, upload their own images and personalize menus to their preferences.
It is also updated to control additional components or to migrate to the latest versions of smartphones and tablets.