Josh.ai Launches New Touchscreen, Innovative A.I. User Interfaces, and Largest Integration Partner Release in Company History

Josh
6 min readFeb 20, 2024

Josh.ai unveils a suite of new natural voices, AVA Cinema Remote experience, elegant app enhancements, first Touchscreen product, and introduces Nimble DevSuite with a host of new integration partners to expand its control ecosystem at Winter Launch Event.

DENVER, CO — February 20th, 2024 — Josh.ai continues innovating and increasing the power of artificial intelligence in the home with its Winter Launch Event announcements. The new Josh Touchscreen is available for dealers to pre-order now and illustrates the company’s commitment to enabling professionals with a complete control solution. Paired with the industry-altering Nimble DevSuite, which leverages open platforms and protocols for rapid third party integration, Josh.ai is leading the smart home forward into a new era of scalability, flexibility, and accessibility.

Since AVA Cinema Remote was announced at CEDIA Expo 2023, Josh.ai has been diligently developing a transformative handheld experience. Equipped with a dynamic three-dimensional glass keypad that adapts its buttons to reflect the capabilities of each Josh.ai device controller, the universal remote control finally lives up to its name.

Josh.ai customers are also able to enjoy a host of new software features available today. For iOS and Android users, the Josh App’s enhanced areas design is available now to conveniently view commonly associated rooms and devices. Josh Micro and Josh Nano clients currently enjoying a far-field voice control experience have been pushed a software update with nineteen new natural voices to choose from to personalize their intelligent assistant.

“We are not just announcing one or two big updates today, but five unique launches that each will have a resounding impact on our industry. Between transformative new hardware experiences, advancements in AI interactions, and a new integration framework with Nimble, Josh.ai aims to be the most innovative company in the professional channel,” said Alex Capecelatro, CEO of Josh.ai. “The Josh.ai team is hyper focused on working closely with our dealers to offer simple, elegant, and desirable solutions for all of their projects. We cannot wait to see how the industry benefits from what we have announced today and how we will collectively offer more impactful solutions to our customers.”

Natural AI Voices

The Josh.ai voice experience becomes even friendlier and more natural with the rollout of nineteen new AI-generated voices. Thanks to significant advancements in synthetic voice technology over the last year, Josh.ai is pleased to update all systems with an array of new gender, tone, and accent-oriented options. In doing so, delivering a new preferred default voice along with enabling more diverse and personalized interactions in every home.

Featuring humanistic sound quality with a variety of personalities to choose from, every Josh.ai client has the ability to pick his or her preferred assistant companion. In addition to the original ten options that have always been available on Josh.ai systems, users now have access to nearly thirty different voices to interact with.

Josh App Areas View

The Josh App, the leading platform for smart home control and customization, continues improving upon its 5.0 update to enhance elegance and functionality for every user. The Areas view update introduces a dynamic interface to optimize each client’s access to their unique floor plan.

Featuring a modern design, the new Areas view provides intuitive and efficient navigation of a client’s living spaces. In the process, streamlining access to commonly used rooms and currently active devices. By implementing personalizable graphical tiles that can be stacked and expanded upon via the upper right list view button, users can quickly identify broader areas or specific rooms.

Josh.ai + AVA Cinema Remote

Josh.ai has taken their partnership with AVA to new heights by introducing a completely integrated handheld experience. By leveraging Cinema Remote’s three-dimensional Dynamic Keypad across its adaptive video, music, lighting, shading, and climate device controllers, Josh.ai has redefined the universal remote control’s place in the smart home.

For TV control, users will enjoy seamless media navigation with tactile mechanical click feedback across supported satellite, cable, and streaming video sources. Cinema Remote also empowers clients with a dedicated “Speak to Josh” microphone icon to access all of their connected devices across their whole home. Clients giving voice commands through Cinema Remote will experience the same contextual awareness that they enjoy with their Josh.ai microphones. Whether a client chooses to interact with their surroundings via a natural voice command, by triggering a scene, or its user-friendly dual-screen interface, Cinema Remote is always aware and reflects the status of its surroundings.

Cinema Remote ships with a customized software experience, exclusively available to Josh.ai dealers. Out of the box, Cinema Remote has been upgraded with a software package that simplifies installation and provides clients with a dedicated Josh.ai experience for every TV in their home. Users will be delighted by new enhancements and capabilities thanks to Josh.ai’s continuous over-the-air software updates.

Josh.ai Debuts Custom Touchscreen Experience

Marking another milestone in Josh.ai’s evolution and expansion as a control platform, Josh Touchscreen provides dealers and clients with an elegant graphical interface for every room. Highlighted by a new room-level view that has been specially designed for simplicity and convenience, users can also access all of their home’s connected devices, scenes, and custom dashboards. Naturally, contextual voice control and intelligent assistance with JoshGPT will be available through a tap-to-talk voice button built into the hardware.

Available in polished black and ceramic white finishes, the 8” high-performance IPS glass screen perfectly complements a modern home’s decor with an always-available control interface. The edge-to-edge display features capacitive touch, a quad-symmetric core processor, as well as proximity and light sensors. Installers have the flexibility to easily mount Josh Touchscreen in a North American single-gang cutout, flush mount with forthcoming solutions from Wall-Smart, or position it on a tabletop for seamless accessibility.

Josh Touchscreen is available for dealers to pre-order now with a target ship date by or before CEDIA Expo.

Josh.ai Launches Nimble DevSuite with Featured Release Partners

In an industry where technology is constantly evolving, Josh.ai stands at the forefront of smart home innovation. However, there are always more devices, features, and capabilities that lead to a never-ending engineering roadmap. The Josh.ai team has heard its dealers and clients requests for rapid expansion, and is proudly unveiling its answer with the launch of Nimble DevSuite.

Nimble DevSuite is Josh.ai’s new integration platform focused on propelling the future of interoperability in the smart home. With its foundation in open-source technologies, Nimble is built to support a variety of platforms and protocols. The result is faster development, increased flexibility, and an ever-expanding ecosystem to empower Josh.ai users with the freedom to enjoy their favorite connected devices.

Nimble firmware will be pushed soon via an over-the-air update to active systems, and will culminate in Josh.ai’s biggest integration push ever. Over the coming weeks, Josh.ai will roll out support for the following solutions:

  • Shelly: Relays, Motion Sensors, and Lights
  • August: Locks
  • Yale: Locks
  • Google Nest: Thermostats
  • Big Ass Fans: Fans
  • Honeywell Total Connect Comfort: Thermostats
  • Hunter Douglas PowerView: Shades (Gen 2)
  • Wiz: Lights
  • Nanoleaf: Canvas, Lines, Shapes, and Elements Lights
  • Vantage InFusion Systems: Lights, Switches, Shades, and Thermostats
  • Hearth & Home: Fireplaces
  • Anthem: Receivers

About Josh.ai

Founded in 2015, Josh.ai is a Denver based company creating platforms and products that enable true natural interaction with technology in everyday life. With a focus on AI, machine learning, and intuitive design, the mission at Josh.ai is to transform how we live in our environments. To learn more about how Josh.ai powers simple, private, and magical smart home experiences, visit www.josh.ai or email hello@josh.ai.

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