While Josh.ai launched in 2015 as an advanced AI for the custom home, it has since grown into a complete control solution. Through years of development refining robust integrations, innovative features, and purposeful design, the Josh.ai platform has laid the groundwork for smart homes going forward. This evolution has culminated in a new control solution for CI dealers.
As the industry’s mindset evolves, Paul McGuire from Konex AV (CA) speaks for many Josh.ai dealers when sharing his personal experience: “I was introduced to Josh back when it first started, but never got involved. I was then given a takeover job from another dealer that had installed Josh in a project, and I realized how easy it was — it auto-senses everything. Josh was more than just voice — it’s touch, voice, and text — and it convinced me that Josh is superior. I think the Josh platform is the right approach moving forward, and I’m using Josh in all my jobs. Josh changed my thinking as to how I program things.”
As a dealer-only product, Josh.ai is protective of its pricing information in order to preserve generous margin for its partners. When comparing the price points for various control offerings, McGuire looked at the overall costs of selling Josh.ai, and has “…sold eight systems so far. What I love is that Josh takes all the custom programming out of my hands. When I look at overall costs, it actually is cheaper for me to use Josh. Josh comes with a great app that is customized automatically, but doesn’t need me to program anything, saving me and the client money. Josh includes voice as well, so it’s a no brainer for me. If you present it to a client this way, instead of as hardware and software line items, Josh is an easy sell.”
For professional installers seeking a modern control experience to present their clients, the Josh App combined with any of Josh.ai’s compatible remotes offers a full suite of intuitive tactile interfaces. For clients looking for simple control without the need or desire to give voice commands, the Josh App’s settings menu provides the ability to disable microphone access. The Josh App equips users with remote accessibility when away from home and an attractive interface when presented on a wall-mounted iPad.
A robust platform for personalization, the Josh App provides seamless control over everything an intelligent home has to offer. Clients enjoy a layout that includes quick access to their system’s settings, custom dashboards, devices, areas, and scenes. In addition to configuring a scene with device-specific adjustments, Josh.ai’s Natural Language Scene Editor empowers users to type or voice dictate a scene’s activations and conditional automations.
With Josh Core and Josh Micro, installers have an accommodating option for a control processor to fit any project. While Josh Core has been designed to fit in the rack with a co-developed Middle Atlantic shelving solution, Josh Micro can also run on POE and simply sit on a rack shelf. By deploying Josh Core and Josh Micro via POE, a direct connection to the local network ensures a reliable experience.
A differentiating feature with all Josh.ai’s integrations include auto-discovery of partner products, enabling rapid configuration and seamless control. Once a Josh Micro or Josh Core is deployed in a new environment, it instantly connects to the local network and begins detecting compatible devices for a reduced setup time when compared to other control platforms. Within seconds, users can freely interact with their surroundings through the Josh App.
After deploying a Josh.ai system, installers can use the remote support tools in the web-based Josh Portal (with no proprietary software to download). Josh.ai also diligently updates its integrations to ensure compatibility with new models and features to proactively support its connected device ecosystem. Josh.ai systems receive over-the-air software updates on a bi-weekly cadence, including new capabilities and integrations.
Josh.ai provides the freedom to integrate best-in-class third-party environmental and AV brands without taxation. Whether a system’s design includes industry-leading products like Lutron, Sonos, and Sonance, or requires broader integration by leveraging Crestron or Control4 as control bridges, Josh.ai is a company that has always been committed to the channel and will continue to prioritize the business of its dealers.
For more information, visit www.josh.ai.