Z-Command is back!
It is a beautiful day. And it’s been a long time coming.
I started work on the first version of Z-Command in 2007 and released it to market in 2008. It was built on Embedded Windows with a Silverlight frontend.
It was cool for the time. Also more advanced than the competition. But it had a few obstacles in its path to mass adoption, one of them being the high licensing fee for Embedded Windows. Silverlight was cool and powerful but ultimately was not well received by web users.
See more of the old Z-Command here.
The difference between the old and new Z-Command is more than skin deep. The latest version is a complete re-write. The only thing that made it over from old to new is experience of what to do and what not to do.
The beauty of the new system is that, even though the user interface that shipped with the device is (responsive) web based, it is a standalone client, and interacts with the backend RESTful API just like an iOS or an Android client would. In fact, work has begun on both mentioned clients, which would be later released free of charge in their respective markets.
Z-Command isn’t home automation for business’ sake. Z-Command exists because I wanted one! I wanted a practical home automation system with a clean user interface and one I can infinitely extend. Now I have one ;). In the near future, there will be mobile app clients that will work through Z-Command to let you control your thermostat with your voice, control your light by shaking your phone and all sorts of wild interaction ideas I haven’t even thought of yet.
I hope you find Z-Command as fun as I do.
CEO, Intulon LLC