Oni: Light Control 1.5 brings recurring scheduling and more

Oni: Light Control

Oni: Light Control is a unique Windows Phone app that enables you to control lighting in your home, matching your current mood and more. Being able to control lighting remotely using your Windows Phone can create some cool effects. Available for some time, we've covered the app being updated numerous times in the past. Today we're looking at version 1.5, which brings a number of additions to the table, so let's jump right in.

Taking into account feature requests and feedback provided by users, the developers of Oni: Light Control have added in some new features. Now that Philips (note that Oni works with third-party lighting) has updated its lighting firmware to support recurring scheduling, Oni for Windows Phone now sports this as an addition in the latest release.

That's the main feature implemented, but there are also minor fixes addressing some issues and added hardware support. This includes Philips Hue LightStrips and Color Bloom. Lastly, if you're already rocking compatible lighting and have been enjoying the Oni experience on Windows Phone for some time, the developer has added a feature to have the bridge fetch the latest update from the manufacturer.

If you haven't yet checked out customisable lighting and Oni: Light Control, we recommend you check out the official website for more information before looking at the different lighting available as it's rather expensive. To wrap up the official blog post, the Oni team tease about an upcoming major update in the works that everyone "will really appreciate." What this may be hinting at is currently unknown.

You can download Oni: Light Control from the Windows Phone Store. Head on over to their website (www.oni.io) for details and support if you're unlocking some problems. Source: Untitled Network

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Reader comments

Oni: Light Control 1.5 brings recurring scheduling and more


I usually just take a bat after them... Yet, doing that does seem rather expensive... Oh well! Lights out!

My theory is that the update will allow the use of "rotating themes". So if you have three lights in the same room, you can set it to gradually fade between each colour. So if you chose green red and blue, the green would make its way to the second light gradually from the first, and the red would take its place - so it looks like the colour moves up the room. Who knows though! I haven't even got the lights, but have been planning to for some time!

It is expensive but I'm ready to take the plunge, on the starter kit at least. Hey I'm working serious overtime right now so I'm gonna treat myself to this... And a Fatboy pillow, maybe the JBL Play n Charge, ooh and some new apps and games....

To anyone who has these smartphone enabled lights, are they really that useful? Seems like it would take longer to turn them with a phone than with a regular switch.

Yeah but imagine you are relaxing on the sofa and the film is about to start. Rather than having to get up to dim the lights, you can just reach for your phone and stay relaxed on the sofa.

It depends on your setup. I'm using a software on my home server that controls my lighting, car heater etc based on time of day, outdoor temperature, sunlight and so on. I have also created an app that can override the settings or change a scenario (for example the scenario "Home" makes sure the lights are on regardless of the time of day, but dims them on specific hours). I have also created NFC tags by my front door so I can change scenario with ease.
When I come home from work, I tap one tag and in a second my home is welcoming me. When I leave, I tap another tag and I don't have to worry if I left any lights on. Wherever I am I can monitor datasources such as fire alarms, smoke detectors, open doors, indoor temperature and make sure everything is OK.
Is it necessary? Absolutely not, but neither are 99% of the features in my phone.

All the intelligence are managed by a software called Switch King (www.switchking.se/en). They have an app for Android and iPhone, but I decided to add one for Windows Phone (called Home Control) since they had no plans to create one and I had already invested in both software and hardware.
I haven't upgraded all my outlets yet, but I can turn on/off/dim most of my lights at home from the phone, as well as start the car heater. But the thing is, I don't really have to very often, since I have configured the Switch King software to automatically adjust to time, weather, season, holidays and so on. I have made scenarios for events beyond the usual, so if I choose the scenario "Party", my lights will turn off later (and more important - turn on later the next day), the outdoor lights will be on etc.
Only your wallet and imagination is the limit to what you can do, my app is just a simple remote with little intelligence.