Josh.ai Launches Natural Language Solution for Distributed AV Company also adds to its list of supported AV products and introduces redesigned integrator workflow.RS Staff ⋅ Jan 31, 2019 Josh.ai has announced that it now features non-scene based voice media switching, which means that integrators no longer need to pre-program specific media sources and content to specific destinations for voice commands. Josh.ai now natively understands different sources and destinations, which introduces flexibility to enable users to go from room to room and simply ask to turn on a favorite song or show. For example, clients can walk into their theater and say, “OK Josh, watch Breaking Bad.” Josh.ai understands the request is coming from the theater, powers on the projector, utilizes a knowledge graph to determine Breaking Bad is on Netflix, routes the matrix switcher to select the appropriate media server as an input and sends to the proper output, switches to the appropriate audio source, and almost instantly Breaking Bad is on. More About Josh.ai: The Future is Interactive Josh.ai has completely redesigned the integrator setup flow for setting up AV systems. Josh.ai introduces a browser-based configuration workflow that auto-discovers audio and video devices on the network. The new interface has been designed with dealers in mind, allowing them to set up complicated distributed AV workflows quickly. “For a few years now, we have seen an increasing desire from our clients to interact with their technology, especially audio and video, in the most simplistic and personal way possible,” says Ben Lentz from Cyber Technology Group in Scottsdale, AZ. “Nothing is more intuitive than voice, and nobody is approaching voice the way that Alex and his team are with Josh.ai. I am so excited to be able to extend the possibility of voice control to our clientele and deliver beyond their expectations.” Josh is also doubling the amount of supported audio and video devices. With this release, Josh is announcing support for Sony and Barco Projectors, Atlona matrix switchers, and Sony and LG televisions. Below is a full list of integrated brands and devices for AV: Projectors: Sony, Barco Televisions: Sony, LG, and IR for most other brands Receivers: Sony, Integra, Onkyo, Pioneer, IR for most other brands Audio: Sonos, Heos Matrix Switchers: Atlona IR Control: Global Cache Audio Services: Tidal, Spotify, Apple Music, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, Pandora Video Services: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube Prior to offering distributed AV, Josh served direct endpoint AV systems in single rooms, and could also be programmed with macros from other control systems to channel audio or video throughout various zones. “This new update is a big step forward in allowing us to deliver the most natural voice experience with an amazingly simple setup flow,” says Josh.ai CEO Alex Capecelatro. “It is one of the biggest features that our integrators have requested, and is something that further separates Josh from the mass market solutions.” The new set up process not only enables Josh.ai to handle complex content distribution, but also sets the groundwork for deeper integration with control system partners, including direct AV compatibility with Crestron, Control4, and Savant. Want more stories like this delivered to your inbox every day? Then sign up for the free Residential Systems eNewsletter here. “We’re excited to partner with some of the most prominent brands and partners to offer advanced voice control over distributed content,” says Capecelatro. “This is an incredibly important 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. Our goal with Josh.ai is to deliver a magical experience to the user, and the hard work from our engineering team gets us closer to that vision.” For more information, visit www.josh.ai. SubscribeFor more stories like this, and to keep up to date with all our market leading news, features and analysis, sign up to our newsletter here.