How to Make Voice Control More Natural in the Smart Home

Building Memory into Voice Control for the Smart Home

“Turn on the kitchen lights” is a perfectly fine command if you don’t have too many rooms. But what if you have a 10,000+ sqft home with many rooms and floors? While saying “turn on the lights” is great if you don’t have too many lights, in a large complex that can be quite the spectacle. Here at Josh.ai we’re obsessed with the idea of making home control natural and intuitive.

The video above shows one way we’re doing that, by adding memory. For example, if you say “turn on the living room lights” and then “turn them off,” it knows that “them” = “the living room lights.” If you say to “open the shades” and then “close them”, in this case it remembers that “them” = “the shades.” Beyond just on/off and open/close commands, you can say things like, “make it louder,” and it will know if you’re talking about the TV or the speakers, or “make them brighter” will remember you want the dining room chandelier a bit brighter.

The next way we’re making it easier to converse is by prompting for more information when necessary. For example, if you say “turn on the lights” and there are hundreds of possible lights, Josh.ai will ask where to do that. This seemingly simple task isn’t possible today on any other platform, and makes it easy to achieve the right action every time. See this in action below:

Voice Control for Large Homes.

Remembering the names of each room, device, or zone can be tedious which is why an AI that understands context is key, particularly with voice control.

This type of understanding and learning is baked into the DNA of Josh.ai. It’s not perfect today, but the system keeps getting better. Today is day zero for both voice control and artificial intelligence in the home. We can’t wait for what’s to come!

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