In-home voice technology company Josh.ai newly debuts Josh Micro, a new hardware platform combining a home control processor, far-field microphone array, revolutionary user interface, and all in a package.
Built for the custom integration channel, Josh Micro uses far-field voice detection and AI to unify home technology and redefine how users interact with their home. “While designing Josh Micro, our goal was to distill home control down to its simplest form, providing an effortless interaction in any environment. Utilizing a series of sensors, far-field microphones, and touch capacitive surfaces, Josh Micro sets the stage for a beautiful experience in the home,” said CEO Alex Capecelatro.
This palm-sized device is a full control system creating a network throughout the home, offering unprecedented reliability and failover. Changing the model from one processor in the home to one processor per room, Josh Micro offers a highly scalable business model for dealers. Each Josh Micro ships preloaded with the Josh automation software, instantly connecting to the home’s network and automatically discovering connected devices. Integrators can easily configure a Josh system without custom programming, making installs among the fastest in the industry. Josh integrates with industry-leading manufacturers such as Crestron, Control4, Lutron, Sonos, Autonomic, Nest, Chamberlain, Aprilaire, Sony, and more.
Further, Josh voice commands are natural, utilizing technologies such as anaphora (memory), compound commands, and audio and video deep-linking. While Josh Micro can use a wake word to start listening (“Hey Josh”), it can also start listening by utilizing a built-in motion sensor or a simple tap of the surface.
A first in the industry, Josh Micro understands where it is, making room specific commands simple. Rather than having to specify a location for voice commands, simply say “turn on the lights” to activate the room you’re in. Also, Josh Micro is the first hardware product capable of accepting compound commands, which are a string of commands issued at once creating ad-hoc scenes on the fly. For example, “Open the shades, dim the lights, stop the music, and watch Breaking Bad.”
While voice control is central to Josh.ai, there are times that a simple switch or dial is appropriate. The top surface of Josh Micro includes a multi-purpose tap area — a touch-capacitive surface that can be programmed to activate any scene. By default a single tap activates the microphone and a double tap mutes the device. A Josh Micro installed by the front door, for example, can be easily configured to activate the “I’m Home” scene on a single tap and the “Goodbye” scene on a double tap. Each room can be configured.
Around the edge of the surface is a smart touch ring — a UI that adapts to the last command given. For example, when asked for music, the dial adapts to control volume, and when asked for lights, the dial adapts to be a dimmer. In many rooms this replaces traditional keypads. Josh Micro has built-in motion, touch, temperature, humidity and ambient light sensors that can be used for scene triggers and automation. These powerful sensors provide even more control and customization for impressive home automation. Choose between a wireless Wi-Fi setup and power over any 120V outlet, or get power and/or data over POE, making Josh Micro ideal for large custom projects and wall-mounted installs.