Snap One, a popular home technology company whose extensive brand portfolio includes automation provider Control4, has entered into an agreement with A.I. voice control specialist Josh.ai on integration support via new driver development, as well as exclusive distribution.
The two companies have collaborated to develop new drivers to support home control and automation system owners. The new Snap One and Josh.ai drivers are available online for download, and the companies state the drivers are Control4 certified and SDDP capable.
“Natural language voice processing, tight integration with Control4, and a focus on privacy makes Josh.ai the ideal addition for customers looking to add voice to their Control4 system,” says John Heyman, CEO, Snap One.
“We are excited to make Josh.ai products more accessible to our Control4 partners and for this first step in a long and successful partnership with the Josh.ai team.”
The driver can import Control4 lighting scenes, and it offers integration with streaming music services via Control4.
Snap One points out that adding Josh.ai’s voice control, A.I. capabilities to its Control4 platform also provides Pandora support, as well as SiriusXM and TIDAL streaming capabilities to allow homeowners to ask their control and automation systems to play any song, artist or playlist that includes high-resolution audio from their Control4 system.
“Our vision with Josh.ai is to offer simple, secure, and magical experiences for interacting with the smart home. Partnering with Control4 in this deep and meaningful way helps accelerate that vision,” comments Alex Capecelatro, CEO of Josh.ai.
“Together we are offering dealers and consequentially homeowners an unparalleled experience with natural and intuitive voice control that hooks into Control4’s vast array of integrations. I couldn’t be more excited about this announcement and the transformative solutions our mutual dealers will be able to offer their clients as a result.”
A.I. Technologies from Josh.ai make Home Control Safe, Secure & Simple
The companies explain that all homeowners need to do is audibly speak a voice command. There is no need according to the companies, to program macro commands — all that needs to be done is for a user to say, “Ok Josh, turn on the lights, open the shades halfway, and listen to Start Me Up by the Rolling Stones.”
Josh.ai through its A.I. technologies listens to the command; it understands where the command is coming from—the living room for example—and it will identify what lights and shades to control, as well as what content to play on TIDAL.
In addition, both companies also emphasize that Josh.ai stresses privacy. Through Josh.ai’s strong privacy policies, homeowners will have peace-of-mind that Josh.ai is dedicated to providing an easy-to-use voice control experience without selling or sharing user data for profit.
Moreover, Snap One notes that U.S. and Canadian Control4 dealers will be able to purchase Josh.ai hardware and software through the Control4 portal.