Josh.ai Introduces VoiceCast on Sonos
We may still be waiting on any kind of voice integration between Sonos and Google Assistant—something that was promised many moons ago—but there’s now another way for the connected home consumer to engage with their Sonos speakers. Voice automation platform Josh.ai announced that it is bringing its new VoiceCast feature to select Sonos devices.
VoiceCast, according to Josh.ai, will expand the engagement capabilities of the voice platform beyond just the built-in speakers that come with the Josh Micro device. The new, more-immersive platform will enable the system to execute responses through surround-sound speakers, hidden in-0wall speakers, and one-off independent speakers. For the Sonos integration, Josh will initially be compatible with the Sonos Amp, the Play:5 Gen2, and the Sonos One. VoiceCast will route Josh’s responses through those devices, which can then be connected to any speaker in the house.
"Josh.ai shares our vision for wowing customers through ease of use and amazing sound that blends into the design of the home," Andrew Vloyanetes, Director of Installed Solutions at Sonos, said in a statement. "VoiceCast provides AV installers with a great new solution for bringing voice control to these customers, even for more complex installs. This partnership showcases why we’re continuing to grow and invest in the Works with Sonos Platform."
To Vloyanetes’s latter point, Josh made the integration process of the new VoiceCast system exceptionally easy and intuitive for the installer. To activate VoiceCast, the integrator needs to only make a configuration change to the Micro settings in the Josh web portal and select the corresponding Sonos device designated for that room. Once enabled, the user can execute those same complex Josh voice commands and hear the response resonate through their surround speakers or the independent Sonos device.
"Sonos has always been a leader in innovative experiences for music in the home, and we’re thrilled to be working closely with them to offer exciting features to our clients," Josh.ai CEO Alex Capecelatro said in the statement. "Our team is extremely proud of our device integrations and the continuous development of revolutionary capabilities that add value to living with Josh.ai. Our goal is to deliver a magical user experience, and VoiceCast with Sonos is another step towards that vision."
The VoiceCast feature is available now.