Here at Josh.ai, we believe the user interface for technology should be a natural and intuitive one. That interface can be anything from a button to a full UI or even just voice commands. We also believe that people have their own preferences on what is natural for them. For example, some people prefer to use a tactile remote control for their TV while others are fine using an app on their phone.
To offer a truly natural experience, as manufacturers, we should not force our users to consume technology in a specific way. We should give them the option to use it in whatever way is most natural to them. This is particularly true in the custom integration world. Our clients pay top dollar for a clean and delightful experience, and we have to be flexible to build a solution around what their needs and expectations are.
When it comes to voice control, Josh was one of the first CI automation systems to build integration with the Amazon Echo. We were also the first to demo integration with Google Home. The idea is that we should offer our customers the option to use whatever hardware they like, and not be forced into one specific ecosystem.
This is why we built functionality into Josh that now allows clients to use whatever microphone they like, in addition to the popular mass-market options such as Amazon’s Echo. This flexibility enables the integrator to offer a truly custom and unique experience that their clients deserve, including, for example, lavalier mics .
See a demo of that functionality:
This becomes particularly useful if you want to use a hidden mic attached to someone’s clothing, for example, or use conference grade mic arrays in large installations. You have the option to choose what you want your experience to be.
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