Why Don’t More Families Have Smart Homes?

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It was hard to even fathom the idea of a smart home just a decade ago. Fast forward to today and you can practically see a smart device in every single home. As comfortable as people are with virtual assistants and AI, why aren’t there more complete smart home systems?

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Complexity. It takes time and research to start transforming your home into a smart home. Each brand appeals to certain audiences so not every smart light for example will be capable of what you’re looking for. Once you decide on a device it usually takes a professional integrator to properly install the device and integrate it into your existing system. Also with technology, systems can be fragile and break from time-to-time.

Josh makes the transition smooth! Josh only works with the best smart devices in the market to ensure clients have the best user experience. Even better, you don’t have to worry about the installation process. The team at Josh.ai works closely with professional installers to make sure the transition to a new smart home is as seamless as possible. If anything fails or breaks, the support team is ready to help resolve.

Cost. Most of America is made up of middle-class families and smart homes are probably not a priority from a financial standpoint. Phillip Hues lights are $25/bulb. A Nest thermostat can cost $249. Ring doorbell sells for $100+. This doesn’t even include the installation fee.

You get what you pay for with Josh! Josh Micro can be priced higher than other virtual assistants, but your data is private and you’re not paying for just the hardware. With Josh.ai you’re getting a complete and luxurious smart home experience that you can control via voice control as well as the native app. You’re getting an innovative team that helps to customize the experience and continuously offers new features. From taking your call late at night to making your feature request a priority, you’re getting so much more than just a virtual assistant!

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Privacy. It’s worth noting that security and privacy are not one in the same. While smart homes and smart devices gives you piece of mind that your front door is locked or your windows are shut or your garage doors are closed, you introduce a new set of concerns revolving around your sense of privacy in your home. Take the Google and Nest fiasco recently where Google built in a secret microphone, or the countless examples of “Alexa listening” to conversations.

Your privacy is our priority! Your conversations with Josh are kept private. Josh.ai will never share data with third-parties for marketing purposes. All the data is used to make the customer experience better. That said, Josh also gives users the option to opt-out of data collection or even delete specific logs on their own. It’s totally up to the client. It’s that simple.

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Return on time. Smart thermostats? Smart lights? Smart washing machines? Smart oven? Smart window blinds? Smart doorbell? All of these things save at most a couple minutes and clicks. Turning on a home projector to watch a movie requires one click and plugging one cable. 30 minutes tops. Playing music. Spotify and YouTube are just a click away. What’s the point in a virtual assistant to help you control everything?

Unlimited Control with Josh. Josh Micro gives you advanced voice control of your home. Micro is equipped with a powerful far-field microphone array, providing clients with simple hands-free assistance from anywhere in their home. Just say “” and let him know what you need and Josh will get right on it. If that wasn’t enough, you can control your entire home from literally anywhere in the world through Josh’s easy-to-use app.

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This article was written by Matt at Josh.ai in Santa Monica, where he focuses on design and front-end web development. He is currently studying for his Bachelors of Science in Computer Science at the University of California, Los Angeles. Matt loves to spend his free time hanging out with friends and exploring LA.

Josh.ai is an artificial intelligence agent for your home. If you’re interested in learning more, visit us at https://josh.ai.

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