Here at Josh.ai, we’re always looking out for cool and useful IoT products to live with in our homes. With 2021 starting off, we want to highlight a few of these products that we’ve found. Many people know about them, but some may not, and these are perfect for anyone who wants to enhance their setup. The best part is that you can upgrade your current system yourself.
Philips Hue has been around for a long time now and is considered one of the first DIY smart lights in the industry. Philips Hue has vastly expanded its line of different lighting solutions, but still has amazing starter kits to get things going. The great thing about Philips Hue lights is that you can change the colors to set the mood in any room with a range of different colors.
From a compatibility perspective, Hue lights can directly integrate with a variety of control systems, including Josh.ai. This unlocks a powerful integration for a fraction of the cost compared to other fully installed lighting systems. With Josh specifically, you can ask to control the lights in any room with consistent precision, including changing the colors. You can also combine this with Josh scenes, which adds another layer of the integration that opens up a whole world of possibilities.
Roku is another fantastic product to add to your collection. It is extremely affordable and easily installed. You can add one to every TV in your home, and it also plays friends with third-party integrations, including Josh. Roku offers many advantages over its competitors because it tries to integrate with as many different services as possible, giving you unlimited amounts of content.
The magic that truly happens is when you start using Josh to control Roku. You can search for content on multiple streaming platforms such as Netflix and Amazon using voice our the Josh app. Roku can turn any TV into a smart TV that integrates directly with Josh.
TP-Link Smart Switches
While very common with basic functionality, TP-Link Switches can truly turn your entire house into a smart house. You can plug any electronic item in your house into one of these plugs and then control it via Josh, using voice and the Josh app.
As far as integration goes, these plugs can be directly imported into Josh, where they come in as a simple switch. Josh allows you to change the device type from a switch to a variety of options, such as a fan, garbage disposal, or even a fish tank. For exaple, you can plug a fan into the switch, change the device type, and simply tell Josh to “Turn on the fan.” TP-Link plugs give you endless opportunities to turn old electronics into smart electronics and change your entire home.