zDevice -- "Control Your Life"
zDevice is an open software, open hardware platform for easy control, automation, and monitoring of "things" in your life.
What is it?
zDevice is an open platform (yes open! as in, "open source" and "open hardware") for controlling, automating, and monitoring things in your life. zDevice products can be used anywhere, at home or remotely, from your smartphone, mac, or pc.
Kickstarter is a crowd funding platform. This enables people like yourself to support creative projects and entrepreneurs like myself by "pledging". You can pledge any amount you like and choose a reward from the list to your right. No money or rewards are exchanged unless the zDevice project completely funds. You can also support the project by tweeting on Twitter or liking on Facebook with the links right below the video, this would be a great help!
I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit but have never wanted to go into debt to fund a project. Kickstarter seems like a perfect match for me and I need the help. I would love for zDevice to grow into something big and be able to create new business and therefore new jobs. I would also like to repay the great education I received at BSU and hope this inspires more young inventors and dreamers to not give up on their own aspirations!
How can I use it?
zDevice can be used to do amazing and convenient things. Here are some examples:
- You drive away and leave your garage door open... zDevice alerts you via a text message that you forgot to close the door! Reply and the door closes!
- You have a vacation home or cabin that you always worry about freezing... put a zDevice inside and get an alert if the temperature falls below 40 degrees! You can even adjust the thermostat temperature remotely from your smartphone!
- You are a concerned working parent and you want to know when your child gets home... monitor the front door with zDevice and get an instant message complete with a snapshot when the door opens! (The camera expansion is currently on my workbench!)
- You have a set of blinds too high to adjust easily... put in a set of motorized blinds and control them with zDevice, locally, remotely, or even with the rising or setting of the sun!
- Remotely allow access to your home or cabin... for repairmen or unexpected guests!
Or in more general terms:
- Get email, text, text to speech, and twitter alerts from devices and "things" in your home, using inexpensive hardware.
- Respond to these alerts! View and control these devices and things from any web enabled device, computer, smartphone, or standard phone.
- Design custom touch interfaces for your smartphone, and other HTML5 based user interfaces for controlling your devices.
- Program your devices to communicate with and react to one another without your input, automate things in your home, using simple zScript!
How it works!
A zDevice, such as the I2O2+ links with a zServer upon activation over a WiFi internet connection. Once the zDevice is online you can control, automate and monitor that device from any web browser via a standard web page from your computer, mobile device, or other interface. All programming, user interface design, and alert setup is done with simple to use web based interfaces, no special software needed. Multiple zDevices can be mesh-networked together to control each other and communicate with each other! This allows very large systems to be easily created.
zDevice is a platform to expand, hack, and manipulate to fit your needs. With that said I have created a few pre-packaged templates to do many things out of the box with NO programming required! These include:
- Garage overhead door remote control and monitoring. Get alerts when the door has been left open and have the ability to close it from around the globe!
- Temperature sensing with alerts. Get text, email, twitter, and text to speech phone call alerts.
- Switch sensing with alerts, for monitoring doors, gates, motion sensors, mailboxes and other such things!
Here are more detailed but unpolished videos of zDevice in action...
zDevice controlling a garage overhead door!
zDevice security system!
zDevice controlling a light and a fan!
zDevice controlling a gas fireplace!
zDevice Under the Hood!
This is awesome! How do I get started?
The zDevice flagship product is the zDevice I2O2+. (I know it sounds like a robot from a sci-fi flick.) The I2O2+ is the first zDevice WiFi gateway for connecting things from the real world to the zDevice network. The I2O2+ has two inputs for connecting things like switches, water sensors, motion sensors, and buttons. The I2O2+ has two relay outputs for controlling things like, garage doors, motors, lights, blinds, fans, fireplaces and other things that require simple on off commands. The I2O2+ also has a programmable expansion port. The expansion port has two general purpose I/O ports, one two way serial port (RS-232), and either 3.3v or 5v power outputs. The expansion port allows you and me to add pretty much any other third party device to the zDevice network. In addition to the I/O the I2O2+ also has a realtime clock and calendar, and native alert capabilities.
Pledge by using the links on the right to get a I2O2+ in your hands as soon as possible!
Where Is zDevice Going?
In order to get zDevice out in the wild I need tooling for manufacturing and enough orders to mass produce the first batch. This will keep the costs down for all. I also need to setup the infrastructure to support the zDevice open source community. Depending on how many pledges come through I will be adding more hardware support for controlling and interacting with additional devices.
For every additional $10,000 raised, I will be adding more functionality to the zDevice platform. Here are some of my ideas, let me know yours:
- Wireless infrared transmitter (for controlling TV's, DVD players...)
- A camera for remote viewing (currently in the works)
- General purpose TCP/IP client / server for communicating with other manufactures
- LCD Interface with keypad
- In-wall Touchpanel
- General Purpose Expansion board, for Analog to Digital sampling, and Digital to Analog conversion, and more...
- Wireless high voltage controller, for directly monitoring and controlling lights, motors, pumps, and the like.
- Arduino compatible gateway.
All these systems can be added to the existing I2O2+ platform you are currently pledging on.
- First of all... THANK YOU in advance to all my backers!
- All my friends and family who have put so much work into making this possible! Babysitting, designing and delivering flyers and posters, a lot of leg-work, Thank You!
- Rudy Lovato, our excellent product prototyping and testing technician.
- Travis Dean, with Coyote Design for the awesome case design.
- Dion Eusepi, with Indiplex Media for the great video production.
- Jim and Lonnie, with Custom Tooling Services for designing and machining the injection mold.
- The TechHelp New Product Development Team at Boise State University
- Bobbi Fuller, with Impact Design Studios for designing the zDevice website and art assets.
- (30 days)