Josh.ai has partnered with Sonos to introduce VoiceCast, a new way to interact with Josh throughout the home. VoiceCast enables Josh to use other speakers throughout the home to broadcast voice responses, instead of relying on the built-in speakers that come with the Josh Micro device. These speakers can include surround-sound speakers, hidden in-wall speakers, and simple one-off independent speakers. This new feature elevates voice control in the home to give an immersive AI experience.
To accomplish VoiceCast, Josh utilizes compatible Sonos devices — initially the Sonos Amp, Play:5 Gen2, and Sonos One. Josh will route the response through these devices, which can potentially then be connected to any speaker in the house. Integrators can now make Josh talk back to the user through the ceilings and walls of the home!
VoiceCast integration with Sonos not only offers an exciting client experience, but an easy and intuitive setup process as well. In order to activate VoiceCast, the system integrator simply makes a configuration change to the Micro settings in the Josh web portal, selecting the corresponding Sonos device designated for that room. Once enabled, users can ask Josh to “listen to Rolling in the Deep by Adele, dim the lights, and lower the shades to 50%,” and the response will resonate from their surround speakers or independent Sonos device, while simultaneously controlling their devices in that room.
A video of VoiceCast can be seen at the link
Andrew Vloyanetes, Director of Installed Solutions at Sonos: “Josh.ai shares our vision for wowing customers through ease of use and amazing sound that blends into the design of the home. VoiceCast provides AV installers with a great new solution for bringing voice control to these customers, even for more complex installs. This partnership showcases why we’re continuing to grow and invest in the Works with Sonos Platform.”
Alex Capecelatro, CEO of Josh.ai: “Sonos has always been a leader in innovative experiences for music in the home, and we’re thrilled to be working closely with them to offer exciting features to our clients. Our team is extremely proud of our device integrations and the continuous development of revolutionary capabilities that add value to living with Josh.ai. Our goal is to deliver a magical user experience, and VoiceCast with Sonos is another step towards that vision.”