Josh Micro is Josh.ai's Newest Disruption in Home Control Market
The appeal of Josh.ai is simple - take the best parts of home control and disrupt the entire market.
Josh.ai is the new kid on the block with all the bells and whistles of Alexa, Google Home, and Siri. Truthfully, the only reason to put Josh.ai in the same conversation is that they fall under the same big umbrella of voice activated home control. On that same token, maybe it is time we put Josh.ai in the same arena as Control4 or Savant.
Or maybe we can just address the fact that Josh.ai is capturing a white space with its focus on bringing voice control to dealers involved with luxurious, affluent homes and not worry about competition. With that mantra in mind, the Denver-based company has just unveiled their latest disruption, the Josh Micro.
Josh Micro is an obvious evolution from Josh.ai. The hockey-puck-sized receiver uses far-field microphone array to give a tangible endpoint for homeowners and acts as "a combined hardware and home control processor." It's recent iteration relies on using an app; a reasonable extra step for the budding company. It is also jam packed with built-in motion, touch, temperature, humidity and ambient light sensors that can be used for scene triggers.
Josh Micro can be set around a home to create a network, instantly adding itself to existing Josh.ai ecosystems right out of the box via WiFi with a 120V outlet or PoE. It also connects with a long list of manufacturers including Control4, Crestron, Lutron, Sonos, Nest to name a few. This allows Josh micro to complex scene set, awakening with proximity sensors, a tap on a nearby surface, or by simply saying the wake command "Hey Josh."
Form and function factors are always an important selling point for tech that sits in the open, and Josh Micro is an elegant answer. The top of Josh Micro is a touch-capacitive surface that can be programmed to activate any scene for the room it sits in, using a single or double tap to use. The touch ring interface that adapts to the last command given acts as a versatile solution to physical commands. It can control volume, dim lights, or replace a keypad entirely depending on if Josh Micro is asked to play music or turn on lights.
If nothing else, Josh Micro is a tremendous solution for Josh.ai customers. The interface brings a lot to the table, even if it hides in plain sight thanks to a lot of careful aesthetic choices from the team. With a recent $11 million funding session earlier this year, it seems like the money has been well spent.
Josh Micro will be on display at CEDIA 2017, in booth #1810 and is hosting a few training sessions and a panel on Smart Home, Next-Gen User Interfaces, and Integrating Custom Voice Control for the Whole Home.