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    1. Vivoka 2-time creator on

      Bonjour @RENARD

      Effectivement l'acquisition sera toujours possible, cependant les fonctionnalités de Zac pourront légèrement être modifiées en fonction des marchés adressés. Pour plus d'informations, nous allons envoyer à chaque contributeur un questionnaire pour envoyer les informations à propos de Zac. Vous pouvez également vous inscrire sur le site à la newsletter ici : https://www.vivoka.com pour suivre les avancées de Zac.

      Je vous souhaite une excellente journée !

      Hi @Cedric Vigulé

      Your suspicion is understandable, let me relieve any doubts or misunderstandings. Just like we said in our update, we got a lot of marks of interest from retailers who have taken packs of Zac, that's why they were big raises of money. Regarding the number of backers, some retailers have already taken a box because they were interested in Zac, they then adjusted their pledge to the retailer pack after having talked with us. They were also backers who canceled their pledge just like in any campaign approaching the end date.

      We would be happy to discuss directly with you in order to prove you that we just want to launch a great product without any dubious ways.

      Have a great day !

      Geoffrey

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      RENARD on

      Bonjour,
      Je suis extrêmement déçu de l'annulation du projet malgré l'objectif atteint!
      Malgré la suspicion Cédric Viguié (peut être fondé) c’était la seule solution que j'avais trouvé avec un système "ouvert",sans "cloud" et sans abonnement...
      Cependant, si j'ai bien compris l’acquisition est toujours possible..
      "Pour ceux qui souhaitent obtenir Zac pour la date de sortie, la remise offerte sur Kickstarter sera bien sûr accordée sur simple demande."
      Alors si il est possible d’acquérir Zac avec les mêmes caractéristiques ou plus, (mais pas moins) Je vous demande donc la procédure pour effectuer cette simple demande car je suis toujours intéressé.
      merci
      Cdt.

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      Cédric Viguié on

      Looking at the stats (https://www.kicktraq.com/projects/813454747/zac-voice-control-your-home-with-a-raccoon-hologra/#chart-daily), I see days with no additional backers with big raise in money. It looks for more too suspicious and I decide to step back. I am not fully sure that there is enough demand on the market for a new device. Big players are coming (amazon, apple..) and homey seems to do already most of things than Zac might do.
      I am sorry and I was really tempted to help a French company to start but there too many question marks for going further...

    4. Alexander Stamatiou
      Superbacker
      on

      is the zac:
      1. zigbee 3.0 compliant?
      2. zigbee certified?

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      RENARD on

      Hi,
      Mes félicitations, les 50 000€ sont atteints, c'est un super cadeau de Noël, pour moi (bien que je ne l'aurais pas avant le mois de Mai) mais surtout pour vous, qui vous permet de concrétiser ce projet.
      Merci et joyeuse fêtes de fin d'années

    6. Vivoka 2-time creator on

      Hi @Alexander,

      We are compatible with Philips Bridge, so you will be able to control your OSRAM lights with voice.

      Have a great day !

      Hi @Brian,

      Thank you !! Have a great day !

      Geoffrey

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      Brian on

      Congratulations on achieving the 50K mark !!

    8. Alexander Stamatiou
      Superbacker
      on

      Dear all,
      I have OSRAM lights connected on the Philips Bridge 2.0. Will I be able to control the lights using voice via ZAC?
      Regards

    9. Fuwo on

      Hello @ everyone.
      I'm a little curious: What are you planning to smart up once we get ZAC?
      Or if you already have a Smart home, what you already have smarted up till now?

      From a not yet Smart home User

    10. Vivoka 2-time creator on

      Hi Duky,

      1) For the moment, you can talk to Zac next to him or using your phone if you are too far. Multi-room voice recognition would be great! I'll put your suggestion to our list.

      2) There is a graphical interface for complex scenarios available on phone and tablet. It is graph-based so that you can easily create scenarios by chaining conditions from every sensors you have and launch actions from your connected objects instantly, in X minutes or at a specific time.

      3) Unfortunately we cannot communicate on the technology used for the speech recognition for confidentiality purpose

      4) Of course, once Zac is released we will list every open-source part we are using

      5) It is not planned for the moment to make custom firmwares. However an API will be available to make custom calls to the functionalities of Zac.

      Thank you for your support and have a great day !
      Geoffrey

    11. Duky on

      Hi Vivoka,

      I have some questions for you :
      1) Do you plan zack to interface with device like respeaker for multi-room voice recognition ?
      2) How do you plan allowing us programming complex scenario and associate it with triggers ?
      3) There is not so much speech recognition that supports French out there, particularly if you plan to do it without cloud. What technology are you using ?
      4) In the same way, I think you'll use a lot of open source technology (like linux kernel, protocol API, speech recognition, etc.), so in return do you plan to list all the open source project ?
      5) Will the device be hackable ? (will I be able to modify/add functionalities and make custom firmwares ?)

      Thanks for your answers ^^

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      Julien de Bon on

      Bonjour Vivoka,
      Merci pour votre réponse.
      Content de pouvoir intégrer mes Squeezbox à ZAC.
      Si je veux garder les avantages de ZAC et la souplesse multiprotocole de Jeedom, je pourrais passer par une API qui communique entre les deux, si j'ai bien compris.

      En tout cas j'ai hâte de voire votre projet aboutir.

      Excellent weekend à vous.

      Julien

    13. Vivoka 2-time creator on

      Bonjour Julien,

      Merci beaucoup !

      Si tel est le cas, Zac ne pourra pas être utilisé en tant que contrôleur Z-wave secondaire.

      Via son API, Logitech Media Serveur peut être contrôlé par Zac. Il sera donc possible pour nous de l'intégrer.

      Je vous souhaite une bonne journée !
      Geoffrey

    14. Vivoka 2-time creator on

      Hello Stefan,

      Thank you for your support !

      That's our wish to include as many languages as possible. But we can't announce a new language now. However according to the results of the campaign, it could be set as a stretch goal if backers ask for it.

      I wish you a great day!
      Geoffrey

    15. Vivoka 2-time creator on

      Bonjour Sylvain,

      Merci encore pour vos encouragements, nous mettons tout en oeuvre pour satisfaire tous les backers et notons toutes suggestions (dont les vôtres) pouvant contribuer à l'évolution du projet :)

      Passez une bonne journée !
      Geoffrey

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      Julien de Bon on

      Bonjour,

      Super projet, j'ai hâte.
      J'ai vu que pour Jeedom, vous réfléchissez à une interaction, c'est une excellente idée. Mais si Jeedom n'est pas pris en charge par la suite est-il possible de mettre Zac en contrôleur Z-Wave secondaire ?
      Autre question avez-vous vu pour prendre en charge Logitech Media Serveur (le serveur logitech pour ces SqueezBox.

      A très vite.

      Julien

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      Stefan Hämmerle on

      Hello Geoffrey,

      Great product!
      I think you should support German language as well, to find more german or austrian backer.

      Greets Stefan

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      RENARD on

      Bonjour,
      Je me permet de rebondir par rapport au derniers msg. L'identification par adresse MAC serait un must. à la maison j'ai crée un réseau invité avec mémorisation des adresses MAC uniquement, pour raison de sécurité, ce qui fait qu'a chaque fois que des amis viennent à la maison, ils bénéficient automatiquement du réseau dés qu'ils sont à portée. Et si Zac pouvait communiquer avec le hub harmony de logitech cela serait super. Quand à la possibilité de créer des scripts (comme pour S.A.R.A.H. par exemple) que peut-on rêver de mieux...
      Projet génial, vivement le 16 décembre.
      Cdt

    19. Vivoka 2-time creator on

      Hi Pierre,

      Thank you for your support !

      Every piece of advice is welcomed. IFTTT is already in our stretch goals, meaning we already planned to support it sooner or later according to this stretch goal.

      Logitech, including Harmony equipments, will be compatible with Zac. We also have already planned to make Zac handle HTTP requests to trigger action.

      Identifying people arriving or leaving the house by the MAC or IP address sounds great. We have a list of suggestions to improve Zac, and we will include several of these according to the most relevant and requested ones.

      Thank you for helping to make Zac even better. I wish you a great day !

      Geoffrey

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      Pierre on

      Hello,

      This project looks very nice and ambitious. I hope that you will be able to reach your goal and lead the French technology very high.

      If you accept some advice or personal wishes for your product :

      _ I would appreciate that the product handle "HTTP request" to trigger action (such as the IFTTT maker channel) / trigger an action on ZAC from any connected external device or asking ZAC to send an HTTP request.

      _I would really appreciate that ZAC include a "virtual sensor" that would recognize an IP adress or better a MAC adress on the local network. With such virtual sensor, ZAC would be able to identify the people arriving or leaving the house based on their phone MAC or IP address (whenever the application is installed or not).

      _ I would highly appreciate that ZAC support the "logitech harmony" hub.

      _ I would highly appreciate that ZAC support IFTTT.

      I wish you good luck.

      Pierre.

    21. Vivoka 2-time creator on

      Hi Cédric,

      Zac is displayed from the screen on the top of the box and is then reflected on the visible part of the box (the part you called "screen"). This part is made from transparent plexiglass and reflects the animations, there is no led on it.
      The principle of this system is to bring high luminosity from the screen (top of the box) to have a clear image on the plexiglass part, it allows to see Zac even in a room with a lot of light. Considering this point and that the screen has a 7" size, the user would not see the difference between the actual resolution and a 1080p (and even more for 4K resolution).

      It's due to an oversight. Indeed Zac is able to speak from the box with an internal speaker. It is not possible to connect it via a headphone jack but it is via a bluetooth speaker.

      There is one microphone in the box which is currently being studied to be changed to have a better coverage. Connecting an external microphone is not planned, but you can use your phone instead.

      Location can be provided to Zac for every connected device. He will then know, if you're asking for the lights from the kitchen for example, which light to turn on. We use our own system to geolocate the user in the environment when he/she is on his/her mobile phone.

      Have a good evening !

      Geoffrey

    22. Vivoka 2-time creator on

      Bonsoir grepillez,

      Merci beaucoup pour votre contribution et vos encouragements !

      Les équipements Fibaro, Qubino et Netatmo sont d'ores et déjà compatible avec Zac. Il remplit donc déjà les fonctionnalités qu'accomplit la box Eedomus.
      Dans le cas où vous souhaiteriez garder votre configuration avec la box Eedomus, il sera possible de la contrôler via Zac. Nous passons effectivement par leur API HTTP pour réaliser cette liaison.

      L'avatar visuel représente l'identité de Zac et n'a pas pour but de changer, dans un premier temps.

      Encore merci pour votre soutien, je vous souhaite une très bonne soirée !

      Geoffrey

    23. Vivoka 2-time creator on

      Bonsoir Pengouin,

      Selon les API HTTP présentent sur les différentes box domotiques existantes, il sera possible de les contrôler. Lifedomus possède une API bien documentée et ne sera pas un problème à intégrer.

      Concernant des possibilités de scripting/moding/plugin, cette éventualité nous plait et nous avons prévu d'intégrer une API dans le futur afin de donner plus de libertés aux utilisateurs/développeurs.

      Je vous souhaite une excellente soirée,

      Geoffrey

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      Cédric Viguié on

      HI Geoffrey,
      I continue in english even if french is my mother tongue to be understood by anybody. First of all, it seems that holding http requests is a key element.
      I have technical question about the technology used behind to display the racoon. How does it work? There is a lens and the image is refected on the screen? There are leds in the screen itself? Is it robust? Does the brigntness is adjusting by itself depending of light in the room? What is the precision of the image? Can we speak about 1080p or 4K for this kind of technology as we usually do for movies?
      Concerning the video trailer that you have posted, I would like also to get more information. Does Zac ican really speak (I don't see integrated speaker listed on the spec)? If yes, can we use a headphone jack or via bluetooth to connect Zac to an external speaker?
      How many microphones are inside the device? Is it possible to have a better coverage for large room by connecting (I don't how and what exactly) an external microphone?
      In the trailer, Zac "knows" that the requested temperature concerns the pool? What technology is used to identify the position of someone inside his own house? How Zac can identify if we are in the kitchen or in the bathroom when we will use the mobile application.

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      grepillez on

      Bonjour à tous, bon deja, super projet !!
      perso je suis équipé en fibaro, qubino, netatmo (bref tout ce qui fini en O)
      par contre la box centrale est une eedomus...

      d'où ma premiere question:
      - pensez vous possible de lier notre ami zac à la box pour lancer des actions ? (une sorte de trigger HTTP en fait)

      deuxieme question:
      - pensez vous qu'à l'avenir, il sera possible de changer l'avatar visuel ?

      voila voila, continuez comme ça, votre projet est au top !!

    26. Pengouin
      Superbacker
      on

      Bonjour,

      Ma maison est équipé d'une domotique KNX et j'utilise un superviseur Lifedomus pour tout piloter. Lifedomus peut également être piloté via des trames HTTP.

      Y a t'il moyen de scripter ce genre de chose avec Zac ? De manière général quel sera le niveau d'accès que nous aurons au système ? Seront nous capables de créer nous même des plugins pour de nouveaux appareils ?

      Merci d'avance

    27. Vivoka 2-time creator on

      Hi Alexander and Cédric,

      There is no IR transmitter on Zac, but as Cédric also suggests, there are connected objects which act as IR transmitters. Zac will be compatible with a maximum of brands which make this kind of IR transmitters, so that you will be able to control many devices such as the TV, HiFi, ...

      Have a good day !
      Geoffrey

    28. Vivoka 2-time creator on

      Bonsoir Sylvain,

      Il est possible de communiquer avec les devices type Harmony via leur hub en Z-wave et ainsi contrôler les objets en IR par ce moyen effectivement. D'autres marques fonctionnent sur le même principe et nous avons pour but d'en intégrer le plus possible.

      Bonne soirée,
      Geoffrey

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      Cédric Viguié on

      If IR is not forseen but backers are interested by this functionality, I suggest to make zac compatible with orvibo allone device. It is not an expensive tool that might do the job.

    30. Alexander Stamatiou
      Superbacker
      on

      it would be great if you had an IR transmitter on the device as well. We this we can control any air condition, tv, dvd, vcr, blueray, HiFi, etc.

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      RENARD on

      Bonjour Geoffrey,
      Hier soir, en regardant un film stocké sur mon NAS(Kodi), j'ai pensé à une idée pour piloter tous les systeme IR. Actuellement, je me sers d'une télécommande Logitech Harmony, c'est la solution la plus simple que j'ai trouvé pour éviter d'avoir 7 voir 8 telco...
      Il suffirait que l'on puisse branché Zac à la Logitech (usb) pour qu'il puisse piloter la télécommande. Bon je rêve car déjà pour programmer la Logitech, il faut se connecter à l'autre bout de la terre (on est loin de l'open source) donc cela m’étonnerait que ce soit possible, mais imaginons un boîtier IR multidirectionnel(Houais, je sais, compliqué) connecté à Zac (usb, wifi, bluetooth...) avec un catalogue aussi fourni ou plus que la Logitech et le tour est joué. Bon, ben, reste plus qu'à l'inventer, je sais ce n'est pas gagné(et sûrement pas donné non plus). Encore merci pour vos précision. J’espère sincèrement que le projet aboutira.
      Cdt

    32. Vivoka 2-time creator on

      Bonjour Sylvain,

      Pas d'inquiétude, les animations ne sont pas des gifs animés et se déclencheront différemment en fonction des ordres donnés.

      Concernant les performances de la carte électronique, celles-ci ont été calculées en fonction de ce que Zac a besoin pour fonctionner de manière fluide et ininterrompue.
      Les mises à jour sont effectivement prévues pour de nouvelles fonctionnalités et pour ajouter de nouvelles compatibilités. Cependant, elles n'auront pas de conséquence sur les performances de Zac.

      Ne vous inquiétez pas, nous n'avons pas vocation à garder/exploiter les données utilisateurs, ainsi nous ne récupérons aucune donnée sur nos serveurs, tout reste sur votre box.

      Il n'y a pas d'interaction prévue avec les réseaux sociaux dans un futur proche. Si cela venait à changer, nous proposerons bien sur le choix de désactiver cette hypothétique fonction.

      En espérant avoir répondu à vos questions, passez une très bonne journée et merci pour vos encouragements !

      Geoffrey

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      RENARD on

      Je me suis encore fais avoir (Grrr!) Je voulais dire : au cas où il y ait une fonction réseaux sociaux.

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      RENARD on

      Zut, non seulement j'ai oublié de me relire alors désolé pour les fautes et j'ai aussi oublié de préciser en tant que parano que je suis contre les réseaux sociaux (ex: facebook etc). Ceci au cas ou il y est une "fonction" réseaux sociaux, j’espère qu'elle pourra être désactivé...
      Bon WE

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      RENARD on

      Bonjour Geoffrey,
      Merci pour votre réponse (rapide en plus). Si je suis intéressé par ce projet, c'est parce qu'il intègre, en plus des autres (amazon echo, dot, google etc) une interface visuel, ce qui est bien plus sympa dans l'interaction. J’espère d’ailleurs que Zac aura bien une interaction visuel aussi bien que vocal et que cela ne sera pas juste "un gif animé"...
      Ensuite sachant bien que c'est la qualité du programme et des composant qui font les performances, ne penser vous pas que ses caractéristiques sont un peu juste? (dual core 528Mhz, 256 Mo de RAM et 8 Go d'espace de stockage). En effet vous précisez bien qu'il y aura de future Maj (gratuite), cela je pense, non seulement pour améliorer le programme, mais aussi pour ajouter des fonctionnalités et bien que je ne sois qu'un amateur, je pense que c'est juste pour un avenir "perenne". Qu'en pensez vous?
      Autre question, je suis "parano" antipub, anty spy, anti cloud, etc, je bloques donc tous ce que je peux, soit de mon routeur soit de mes PC, smartphones etc. Qu'en est il de l'exploitation des données personnelles, seront elles exploitées par Zac ou stockées sur un "cloud"?
      Bon d'accord, j'aurais du vous poser la question avant de contribuer, mais trop tard c'est fait, alors j’espère ne pas regretter mon choix...
      Et encore merci de proposer ce genre de projet.
      Cordialement
      Sylvain

    36. Vivoka 2-time creator on

      Bonjour Sylvain,

      Tout d'abord, merci pour votre contribution !

      Notre campagne Kickstarter se déroule en France mais surtout à l'étranger et notamment aux Etats-Unis. C'est pourquoi nous communiquons majoritairement en anglais.

      Kodi étant un système open source, cela ne posera pas de problème pour l'intégrer à Zac dans un future proche.

      Nous travaillons actuellement sur un système d'identification vocale afin de permettre ces restrictions d'accès selon les personnes qui donnent les ordres.

      L'infrarouge étant dans nos futurs objectifs, toute idée est bonne à prendre. Nous prenons donc compte de votre suggestion, cela nous aidera à faire les meilleurs choix par la suite !

      Je vous souhaite une excellente fin de week end !

      Geoffrey

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      RENARD on

      Bonjour,
      Après avoir lu les commentaires et contribué au projet, je m’étonnes de ne pas voir de msg en Français. Sont-il traduit automatiquement en anglais ou ...?
      Je suis bien heureux que les cameras foscam ne posent pas de problème car je suis équipé en foscam ainsi qu'un NAS asustor avec Kodi bien sur.
      Zac pourra-il contrôler kodi? (musique, video etc?)
      A propos de la reconnaissance vocale, Zac pourra t'il différencier les personnes (nous sommes 4 à la maison dont 2 ados) et j'aurais souhaiter que Zac n'autorise pas les enfants à faire n'importe quoi ou par exemple si je dis : "Zac allume ma chambre" je souhaite qu'il allume ma chambre et pas celle d'un des enfants...
      Une idée pour la IR, mon home cinema samsung à un capteur qui regroupe toutes les télécommande IR de mes appareils et c'est ainsi lui qui les gère tous avec sa télécommande.
      (bon c'est peut être pas une bonne idée...)
      Cordialement
      Sylvain

    38. Vivoka 2-time creator on

      Foscam equipment are on our list of connected devices to integrate. Foscam camera is an IP camera and should not be a problem to make it compatible with Zac.

      We have based our vocal recognition on English (US), and we have planned many tests with the main different English languages (UK, australian). If someone has an accent (not too marked), Zac will understand him/her.

      Have a great day !

      Geoffrey

    39. Alexander Stamatiou
      Superbacker
      on

      Thank you for the answer. Two more question.
      1. I have some foscam cameras. Pretty much standard china made cams. Can they be integrated with Zac?
      2. How is the voice recognition? There are so many different accents of English out there. There are native speaking british english, australian, US etc. and then we have all the millions that speak english as second language.
      Regards
      Alex

    40. Vivoka 2-time creator on

      Hi Alexander,

      IFTTT compatibility is one of our stretch goal. If this goal is not reached, we still plan to implement it a bit later in the future.

      I hope this answers your question, have a great day !

      Geoffrey

    41. Vivoka 2-time creator on

      Hi Sparkxster +,

      Thank you for your support!

      Zac is not meant to be used as a bluetooth speaker. Zac is compatible with most bluetooth and wifi speakers to play music in your house.

      Have a great day !

      Geoffrey

    42. Alexander Stamatiou
      Superbacker
      on

      Will it be IFTTT compatible in order to have connection with other unsupported devices?

    43. Sparkxster +
      Superbacker
      on

      Can Zac be used as a bluetooth speaker?

    44. Vivoka 2-time creator on

      Hi Jan,

      Protocols used to control connected devices have a range between 20m for thick walls to 100m in an empty area. It should cover several floors. For any reason, if there is more distance between Zac and a connected device, you can use signal repeater which extends the range of the signal. Some devices like the ones working in Z-wave (for example) already act as Z-wave repeaters in addition to their main functionnality (It's called source-rooted mesh network architecture).

      Zac has no camera on him but he is compatible with facial recognition cameras like Netatmo Welcome. So basically you can recognize someone and play greetings animation or use some connected objects automatically :)

      Of course, Zac get information from connected devices. If there is any problem in your house that Zac detects, he will notify you about it.

      Have a wonderful day !

      Geoffrey

    45. Vivoka 2-time creator on

      Hi Cédric,

      In order to ensure a maximum of connected devices compatible, Zac works with major open protocols. Actually we are developing an API to let users have their own way to deal with connected devices for example with other existing solutions.

      Adding new objects and capabilities is made by our teams. Letting the community enrich Zac potential can only be a benefit in our point of view. Your idea goes in the same way and therefore we should explore how we can add a system like this to Zac.

      Zac administration panel allows a user to manage rights and configure parameters of the configuration of his connected objects network. Scenarii are made via an interface based on the same system of Unreal Engine Blueprint: goo.gl/qW5Zr8 but with the possibility to make AND/OR, chained conditions, repetitive actions, scheduled actions,...

      Controlling equipments from your house can be done locally and is not requiring the cloud. Only if you are out of range of your local network, the request will go through our secured server and then to Zac.
      Zac comes with a 8GB storage in order to save data that are required to improve your habits and energy consumption.

      There will be no monthly fee, only the box to buy. You will also be able to buy connected objects from our partners on our website. For more questions about our business model, please contact us at this address: contact@vivoka.com

      I wish you a good day and hope my answers meet your expectations!

      Geoffrey

    46. Jan on

      I wait to the answers of the good questions below :) I do. Have some extra myself.

      In the picture of how Zac works all day, you show control of the house. How will you make sure Zac can control on the 3th floor if Zac is on the 1th ?

      Zac looks like a happy Buttler type helper. Do you intent to make Zap also greet people when the enter the house? Or room? If so, how will he know when or who is in the room? Zac does not have a camera, it would be a nice option if he would have one and could recognize faces and greet people :). When he could do that, he could control light, music, en temperature to the specifications of that person, and tells he done it :)

      If he is able to control security systems (I don't think he will be able to control much because that's not secure) but say he can. Or smoke sensor, Or power failure. Would Zac be able to let this Kong to the owner?

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      Cédric Viguié on

      I understand your point of view. Zac will indeed not demonstrate its full power if it is used just as a front-end interface. However, it seems in my view important to remain flexible. I think that you will get a larger audience if we can have during the campaign the insurance than Zac might be compatible with the major operators already existing on the market. It is possible to implement by grabbing all required information through APIs (as it has already be done by Imperihome). It will allow a smoother transition by migrating gradually the devices to Zac if possible and to remain on the previous controller if there is a blocking issue for a specific device.
      In addition, API works in both ways and I am wondering if you foresee to publish an API for Zac? It will allow to communicate to Zac from external application like as mentioned before Imperihome, Kodi or other boxes. It is really an important question for integration and interoperability.
      Furthermore, what will be our freedom for integrating new devices. Do you will take of everything (meaning adding all the information required by Zac for controlling a new device comes on the market). Or do you investigate to create a market where the community can enrich the content and enhancing by this way Zac capabilities.
      Another question is about the management of Zac and how to implement advanced control. Do you have available a dashboard to administrate Zac? If yes, what components are included? It seems that you allow scenarii. Which language is used for scripting those complex actions? If you can publish some screenshots or videos on this subject, it will be appreciated…
      Another point is about the cloud. It is for me a good thing not to be too dependent from the cloud. However, how do you access to Zac from your mobile as you advertised in the campaign? Can you choose to use the local network when you are at home and you have integrated a DynDNS for accessing from outside? Do we need to open specific ports on our router for that? I guess that I will get a better overview with the spec. I wonder also how you store historical values and if Zac has enough memory to keep long time series (useful when want to keep track of electricity consumption for example).
      Finally, what is your business model? I am enthusiastic to have Zac at home but what happen afterwards. Do we will have to pay a monthly fee for using it or adding new devices? What happen if a device is not supported by Zac? The integration of new devices and the maintenance of the system have a cost. What will be your income allowing to provide a good support for the future. That is a difficult question but it is in my view important to have an idea if Zac will be sustainable for the long-term.
      A lot of questions… But that is the advantage of kickstarter to interact before end with the creator for having a clear view on the final product and to avoid misunderstanding...

    48. Vivoka 2-time creator on

      Hi Cedric,

      Thank you for your support!

      We will add very soon a part about the specifications of Zac in the description page.

      Actually Zac works locally. He does not need the cloud except to control a few connected objects that can't work on a local network. If you don't have this kind of objects, you don't need the cloud to make Zac works :)

      We kept it simple in the video to be understood by a maximum number of people. Zac is also able to handle complex situations. Some objects have several actions and a user can trigger each action of them by voice, for example by saying "Turn on the light", then "Change the light in red". Also connected objets names are customizable. If you have an object that works on a motor and on a light, you can name it "light", "motor" or whatever you want, Zac will understand what object you want to control.

      There might be some cases we didn't thought about as the possibilities are almost infinite. Our wish is to let the user be able to control every type of objects the way he wants and very easily. Be assured that we spent a lot of time in order to handle every case possible.

      We appreciate your advice, it helps to improve Zac in the way the users want it!

      "Plugging" Zac to a Jeedom or equivalent system would make things hard because Zac works as a "brain" in itself, the voice recognition and the artificial intelligence have their own architecture with the system that handles the connected devices and scenarii. Using Zac only as a front-end interface would be restricting his potential in my opinion. We will still consider what synergies are possible with systems like Jeedom and may come with interesting solutions in the future.

      Your feedback was very constructive and we will use it to improve our description page. Thank you! I hope I answered your questions.

      Have a great day!

      Geoffrey

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      Cédric Viguié on

      Hi vivoka team,

      First of all, good luck with your kickstarter campaign. I agree with other comments asking for more details on the spec. I am ready to support you only if I know more on what I can expect from the device. I am also ready to wait more than what has been estimated (may 2017 doesn't seem to me achievable when the full design of the product is not yet ready) if I have at the end something that fulfill my needs.
      I suppose that everything is done in the cloud. I am currently experiencing some difficulties with this kind of infrastructure. Sometimes, I have a device that was working well stops to work due to a new firmware release which has a negative impact on my installation.
      To be more precise, I am currently using a zipabox to control more or less 40 z-wave devices (for controlling heating, security and lights). The main issue is that the situation is more complex than what you present in your videos (just to turn on or off a light). Almost every situation is unique. If I take as example the fibaro RGBW device, it can be used to control a RGBW strip light, but also different lights in different locations (one per channel) or even motors or sensors depending of the parameters used.
      My advice is to not underestimate the resources needed for the support because you will discover that you customers will try to control devices in a way that you didn't think about.
      In my case, I will be more in favour to use Zac as front-end interface able to communicate with a "brain" installed locally. For instance, I am considering to move from current controller to a solution based on openhab or jeedom. Do you consider possible to "plug" Zac on one of these solutions without needing to use your own solution?

    50. Vivoka 2-time creator on

      Hi Sebastien,

      Thank you for your support and your nice comment :)

      The idea of the raccoon came up by making the personality of Zac, how he would react, look like, what he would inspire to users. We wanted a unique multi-generational lovable character and at the same time a nonchalant yet elegant style that fits his butler's role.

      This is our goal to provide people a simple way to use and install home automation. That goes, of course, by being able to make scenarii based on several events/actions and by controlling objets from several home automation protocols. Your comment conforts us in the way we want to develop home automation :)

      Thank you again your support and participation!

      Hi Jan Willem Koedam,

      You're right, we should add more information about the specifications. By the time we add it to the page, let me answer your questions.

      Our wish is to control a maximum of connected devices. That why we are focusing on open protocols with a large community. Zac is compatible with Z-Wave, EnOcean and Zigbee protocols and also with Wi-fi and Bluetooth connected devices. We will add new protocols compatibility as we go along, IR being in our targets.

      Concerning the objects you can connected, the list is growing up fast as we make partnerships with connected devices brands such as Danfoss (which is a good solution to remotely control heating with no construction work). We are able to controls shades, weather station, lights, speakers, cameras, security systems and many more, so you do not have to worry about being able to make any type of connected device compatible with Zac as long as it works with one of the protocols we support :)

      If you want to automate everything in your house, looking for new products on Kickstarter is a good thing in my opinion to get the most advanced connected objects (despite the time to receive them). I guess you can also see what you really want to control in your house and look for connected devices that do the job from manufacturers! Just do not forget to take them so that they are compatible with Zac :)

      Finally to cover all of your questions, for the plug and play point, we work with connected devices that are easy to install. That means, for the majority of them, just a small manipulation is needed (like pushing a button a certain number of time of for several seconds) to synchronize them with Zac. These manipulations are defined by the connected objects manufacturers and change from an object to another. But for each one, Zac will guide you and tell you what to do in order to keep it simple for anyone and to avoid construction work. That's one of our wish to make home automation accessible for everyone!

      I hope I have answered your questions :) Don't hesitate if something is not clear.

      Thank you for your support and have a great day !

      Geoffrey

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