In an effort to continue expanding its range of skills and use cases, Josh.ai announced a partnership with Barco, a leading luxury home theater brand, that will bring a sophisticated, fully-integrated voice solution into the home theater. Specifically, the partnership will allow homeowners to user Barco’s high-end residential projectors in tandem with Josh.ai voice and app interfaces.
Once connected to their network, Josh.ai will automatically populate Barco’s Medea, Balder, Loki, and Bragi Cinemascope projector models into the platform. Josh won’t limit the number of projectors that can be hooked into their platform in a single home, which makes this an ideal solution for custom installers working on high-end luxury home projects. And, to make things easy during the initial setup process, the configuration of HDMI inputs is visibly diagrammed in the Josh.ai portal. And once the system is completed, homeowners are then able to walk from room to room and naturally ask their Josh Micro to turn on their desired content.
“At Barco Residential we are very focused on the complete experience,” Tim Sinnaeve of Barco Residential said in a statement announcing the partnership. “That’s why we love working with a cutting edge company like Josh.ai that brings sophisticated AI to luxury homes and now works seamlessly with our high end projectors.”
With the Josh.ai platform, users will be able to execute various compound natural language commands to get the perfect environment in their home theater. Something like, “Watch Game of Thrones season 6 episode 9, draw the blinds, and dim the lights to 5 percent” will put all of the associated devices to work in the room the homeowner is in.
“The Josh team has been hard at work expanding support for distributed video,” Alex Capecelatro, cofounder and CEO of Josh.ai, said in the statement. “And we are excited to announce our integration with Barco Residential, a fellow innovator in our industry. As a premier manufacturer for many of our dealers, it’s a natural fit to offer voice control in the world’s most advanced theaters.”
Josh.ai and Barco said they plan to demonstrate the practical application of the projector integration at upcoming events.