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Michael Mrazek
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2016-10-22 05:20:11

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iCommandz is a universal remote for running arbitrary web service calls. It is configured using a web GUI (iCommandzServer) installed on a server that you control. The server can be downloaded for free from the following location:

As mentioned, the system consists of both a iOS client and a server part. The server part is used for configuring the commands to run from the iOS device and actually running the commands on the server. The commands are plain native command line commands/scripts.

However, the iOS device is not restricted to only running commands on one server, but any HTTP GET with arbitrary request parameters can be used as target.

Use the system for:
– Controlling your remote controlled lights through your remote control system (given that you’re running a system that is possible to control from the command line such as TelldusCenter)
– Enable/disable AirFoil speakers in your house using apple script
– Just make your Mac talk to you using the “say” command


If you’re on an iOS4 device with support for fast app switching, the app starts within half a second. Just as a remote should!

The server part is deployed as a war file on your app server of choice, so it can run on any platform. OS X, Windows, UNIX, Linux…

ICONS: Any icon of your choice can be used as a remote button as long as it is 64×64 pixels. (Have only tested with png so far, but any format should do in theory as long as the iOS device can display it.) Just make sure you have the proper license for the icons you’re using in your remote. But most icons found on the web are free for personal use!

There’s a test server up and running on Google App Engine for you guys to test against.

Enter the following URL into the text field under the “Refresh” tab:

The URL is a preconfigured server responding with two sample commands, “On!” and “Off!”.

Once the commands have been updated into the iOS app, hitting the icon buttons will shot requests towards the same App Engine server. Monitor the incoming commands by surfing to the same URL in Safari! The incoming request history are kept for one hour (just for reviewing purposes).

Note that you MUST monitor using a browser with the same IP as the device firing the commands. So the simplest is to fire a couple of commands from the iOS device used for testing and then, using the same iOS device, surf (using Safari) to the URL to monitor the incoming command history.

Note that IF you are sharing an internet connection through a router (which is most likely the case) you can monitor the incoming commands using the browser on your desktop computer (given that it is sharing the internet connection using the same router as the iOS device). If the iOS device is running over mobile internet, then using the desktop browser to monitor the command history will obviously not work, since the public IP address of the iOS device and the desktop computer will be different…

Now, the idea of the whole app is of course that you personalize the commands that you fire from your iOS device to go against any server(s) you want, using your own custom URLs. Simply firing the test commands towards a test rig on Google App Engine is not going to do you much good in the long run…


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