Josh.ai Enables AV Room Feature for Partner Control Systems
In an effort to continue expanding its home control capabilities, Josh.ai announced a new AV Room feature that will integrate with its current control system partners. With the new feature, Josh.ai customers will be able to route their AV sources through Crestron and Control4 using natural voice commands. And, in a bit of good news for the integrator, the new feature will be deployable without their having to pre-program scenes or macros.
The launch of the new feature is supported by two major enhancements to the Josh.ai distributed AV system: a Crestron AV Room Module, and a Control4 AV Room Driver. Both are available as updates to current customers.
Once connected to the network and the AV Room feature is programmed, the Josh.ai system will automatically populate the AV sources accessible in each room of the home. The company explained that their “hardware agnostic” approach means the Josh.ai system can support any design, no matter the complexity—as long as Crestron or Control4 is the backbone for the system. The interface, they explained, was designed based on dealer feedback and guidance.
"We're excited to partner with two of the most prominent control systems in our industry to offer advanced voice control over distributed content,” Alex Capecelatro, CEO of Josh.ai, said in a statement. “This is a critical feature for our luxury clients who want the power of distributed systems, with the simplicity of being able to ask for any music or video content in a room and have it play instantly. We, along with our mutual integrator partners, are ecstatic that we’re integrating as closely as we can to pair the power of these control systems with the user experience of Josh. It is one of the biggest features that our integrators have requested, and is something that further separates us from the mass-market solutions. We’re happy to be able to deliver on this vision.”
An example of the system in action would be something along the lines of a homeowner waking into their home theater and saying, “OK Josh, watch season 3 episode 2 of Mad Men.” The system would then recognize that the command occurred in the home theater; it then utilizes a knowledge graph to find that Mad Med is on Netflix, and can determine which AV source to activate in order to provide that content. The AV Room feature then informs the Crestron or Control4 system what must be done, and voilà, it starts playing where it should.
Of course, other voice control options exist on the market, but what Josh.ai offers custom installers is a different, more powerful narrative that they can tell to clients. The convenience of voice control is one thing. But just as powerful—if not more so—is the company’s commitment to privacy and security. Josh.ai makes it a point to inform customers of its commitment to providing that elegant in-home voice experience without the intent of selling or leveraging customer data for marketing purposes.
And, in an age where Amazon has a literal army of employees listening to our conversations, that’s a powerful message for both the company and the integrators who leverage the service.