Josh.ai Celebrates Its Seventh Birthday By Launching Limited Edition Hardware
The CI community’s favorite AI introduces a Metallic Chrome Josh Micro, as it looks back on an amazing seven years of innovation and growth.
Josh.ai, the CI channel’s AI and natural control interface of choice, celebrates its seventh birthday this month. Founded in 2015, Josh.ai has proven that innovative technology can be borne by the custom electronics industry, and that voice control and AI specifically, are here to stay.
In celebration of this milestone, the company has introduced a special limited-edition Josh Micro that comes in Metallic Chrome. Available now, the Metallic Chrome Josh Micro was produced in a small batch, and is offered in limited quantities as a promotion to current Josh.ai dealers.
“The excitement and support from our dealers, along with the rest of our professional community, continues reinforcing our commitment to the channel,” said Josh.ai CEO Alex Capecelatro. “Our partners are recognizing that voice control — when done right — brings an unmatched level of convenience and magic to the smart home experience, which is something that traditional touch interfaces cannot deliver. I’m extremely proud of all that we have accomplished, not just as a manufacturer, but to also be recognized as an innovator among our peers.”
Innovation at its Core
The company has built a brand with mass-market appeal while staying true to professional installers, introducing innovative products available only to licensed dealers. To date, the company has processed over 3 million voice commands through its platform.
The first Josh.ai product shipped on a Mac Mini in 2016 and was priced to be specified into the truly high-end luxury projects installed by select dealers. In 2017, Josh.ai launched the award-winning Josh Micro, bringing voice control and AI based home automation to a broader audience within the pro channel.
At the end of 2020, the company shook up the industry once again with its unveiling of Josh Nano and Josh Core during its first ever Keynote presentation. By introducing two products that require hard-wired connections and rack based components, Josh.ai doubled down on its commitment to the CI channel.
In 2021, the company launched its collaboration with Lutron to introduce the Josh.ai Ready Wallplate, which combines Lutron Keypads with Josh Nano architectural microphones. The Josh.ai Ready Wallplate delivers the ability to control a variety of home technology with voice, while maintaining tactile control for the most used scenes, accessible at the touch of a button through keypads. For example, clients can push a pre-programmed “Relax” button on their keypad and also access the nearly 16.7 million colors from Ketra, simply by saying what they want.
Josh.ai is also the owner of a number of patents for its advanced and exclusive features, such as compound commands and contextual awareness.
More Dealers, More Partners, More Growth
In addition to its expanding list of close strategic partnerships with the industry’s leading manufacturers, Josh.ai has now signed on and certified over 1,000 dealers spanning the United States and Canada. This number continues to grow through direct as well as indirect thanks to distribution through Snap One, which is exclusively accessible for Control4 partners.
In 2021, IHG Hotels & Resorts became the first global hotel company to deploy Josh.ai. The companies collaborated to design the guest room of the future by selecting brands that promoted well-being, robust performance, and the luxury design aesthetic fitting of the Kimpton Rowan in Palm Springs, CA.
Josh.ai also made its television debut on September 20, 2021 on the pilot episode of Smart Home Nation. Originally aired on FYI, host Tanya Memme toured Josh.ai CEO Alex Capecelatro’s Beverly Hills home to showcase what is truly capable with AI in the home.
Privacy, Magic, and Simplicity
Beyond its exclusive natural language processing features, end-clients depend on Josh.ai for its commitment to data privacy and security. The company understands how much its clients care about sensitive information, and never shares data to external parties for sales purposes.
Josh.ai’s stance on privacy has become a key feature and differentiator among voice platforms, especially given the mass market assistants act as Trojan horses to gather user data for marketing purposes. Since Josh.ai is a solution purpose-built for home technology professionals, its focus is on providing a rich feature set and advanced capabilities that enable a magical, intuitive, and simple voice experience.