iRule has released Version 2.0 of their iRule Universal Remote Application. iRule is a cloud-based software solution coupled with simple hardware which controls any infrared, RS232 or Ethernet-enabled audio or video equipment. iRule Universal Remote can not only control al your AV gear but the Professional version of the software allows you to configure home theater, entertainment and lighting controls. Here is more info:
iRule has a simple "drag and drop" menu that lets you choose your device by brand and model, then choose the button for each function that the device requires. Choose a background and a button style and you have a new remote. Or, simply point your existing remote at the iRule device and press the buttons one at a time. This "learning" feature "teaches" iRule what functions are needed for this device.
It also allows for ?macros?, a series of commands completed with one touch. Most homes today have 4 or more remotes. In order to change from watching cable tv to watching a DVD, most users must change a channel or an ?input? (Aux#1 or Input #2), turn one or more devices on or off, wait for a DVD to load, then select ?play? from the DVD menu, picking up and setting down several remotes in the process.
With iRule, you can set up a single touch button that resets the channel/input, makes sure the appropriate device is on, loads the DVD and starts the ?play? function. Even ?environment? controls can be included, such as dimming the lights, lighting the fireplace and lowering the shades. All of that can be accomplished with one button. iRule even supports ?gesture? programming for functions that are repeatedly used, such as a thumb swipe up or down for the volume control or thumb swipe side to side for channel control.
With the new iRule ?Pro Edition? all the updated standard features of iRule are still in place, but we have included some new tools that make a difference.
1. Two-way communication with devices that provide feedback. This means if you set your receiver to a Pandora or XM radio station, you can view the song?s title, artist, album and ?length of time played/remaining? on your remote. Does that mean that you can be listening to the stereo speakers out on the deck as they play a Pandora station through the receiver in the rec room but you can still see who sings that song? Yes, and even components that work through a closed cabinet door can send the text info to your iRule Remote!
2. Sharing Panels Among Pro Users. Beyond the community sharing of panels and images, iRule Pro will let you browse, filter and preview individual Panels prior to importing them.