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Indigo 2.0 automates, controls home devices

updated 03:30 pm EST, Mon January 8, 2007

Perceptive Indigo 2.0

Perceptive Automation tomorrow will announce Indigo 2.0, a major update to the company's intelligent home control and automation server for Mac OS X. With Indigo, users can easily control lights, appliances, lawn sprinklers, hot tubs and dozens of other items found in the home. Indigo, available as a Universal Binary, now includes a client/server architecture allowing remote control and configuration from any local or remote location. The server supports local network access through a native Universal Binary Mac OS client as well as web browser access provided by the Indigo server's built-in web server. The Indigo server can be installed on any Mac OS X-based computer.

In addition to now having a built-in web server, Indigo also introduces Control Pages allowing the graphical creation of powerful web pages capable of controlling all devices. Indigo's Control Page editor allows any user to create and edit Control Pages without the need to understand HTML, CSS, or JavaScript programming. The software can create rich AJAX-driven web pages, providing users with quick access and control as well as the ability to receive real-time status of their automated home.

"The primary focus of this release was to make certain that Indigo users can gain immediate control of their automated home from anywhere," said Matt Bendiksen, president of Perceptive Automation. "To do that, the Indigo user community said they would really like to have cross platform web browser access as well as the ability to run the native Indigo client on other Macs in their homes."

Other new functionality introduced in Indigo 2.0 includes native Intel Mac support, refinements to the user interface, improved Indigo email status and actions, improved INSTEON support, and support for irrigation devices such as the EZRain, Rain8, and IrrMaster sprinkler controllers.

Indigo provides native support for the INSTEON-enabled PowerLinc V2 (2414U) CM-11, LynX-PLC, MR26, and W800RF32. These interfaces allow Indigo to remotely communicate with INSTEON and X10 devices throughout the home, giving users remote programmable control over lights, appliances, irrigation systems, and HVAC. Additionally, Indigo boasts integrated support for the popular Salling Clicker application and the Ovolab Phlink telephony device, allowing remote home control from Bluetooth-enabled devices or any touch-tone telephone.

Indigo v2.0 is available now for an introductory price of $180. All Indigo v1.x customers are eligiblefor a $90 credit toward the upgrade purchase of v2.0. A 30-day trial copy of Indigo is available; it runs on Mac OS X 10.4 or greater, and requires a supported INSTEON or X10 computer interface for controlling home lighting and appliance modules.

by MacNN Staff




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