Introducing Josh.ai: Turbocharged Voice Control for the Smart Home

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Josh.ai Is the Smarter Voice Assistant That Understands What You Want

This month’s blog series was a deep dive into voice assistants for controlling a smart home. First, we looked at a brief history of voice control and compared and contrasted the two biggest names in the space, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant; not coincidentally also two of the globe’s technology giants. 

This month, we’re going to introduce a different take on voice control. Amazon and Google are big players in consumer smart home devices and home automation. Still, their platforms are also designed to do much more, tying you to your personal information and an entire world of services on the internet. But there’s another approach to voice control platforms—one that doesn’t try to do everything but is expressly designed to make smart home voice control more intuitive and natural in your home: Josh.ai.

Let’s take a closer look at Josh.ai and how it provides a more intelligent alternative to managing your home by voice.

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How Do Alexa and Google Assistant Stack Up as Voice Assistants?

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Learn What These DIY Voice Control Automation Platforms Bring to the Table

In our last blog, we explored the basics of voice control as a convenient method for commanding your smart home. With no need to tap buttons on a screen or remote, integrated voice assistant technology enables you to adjust lights, music, and even smart home scenes by simply speaking!

Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant are the two biggest voice assistant ecosystems on the market today. If you’re interested in adding voice control to your smart home, you may wonder how these two platforms compare. Which is the better choice for your smart home automation system?

Explore three key aspects of Alexa and Google Assistant below—including where they miss the mark.

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What Is Voice Control and How Does It Enhance Your Smart Home?

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Make Life Easier with Hands-Free Control of Your Devices and Scenes

Imagine this: You’re bone-tired after a long day and ready to unwind. You select some music on your smartphone to stream in the living room, plug your phone in to charge, and crash on the couch. Then you realize you forgot to dim the lights and raise the volume. Instead of getting up, what if you could adjust your lights and music without lifting a finger?

You can with voice control! Voice assistant technology makes it possible to control your smart home devices and scenes entirely hands-free. It’s easy for anyone to use and makes life that much simpler. 

Below, learn the basics of voice control and what to expect when you partner with a smart home company like Show & Tell AV to integrate voice control with your home automation system.

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Be the Master of Your Smart Home Domain with Control4

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Control4 Lets You Be the Maestro of Your Smart Home Orchestra

This blog marks the end of another series. Though perhaps not as highly anticipated as the final season of Game of Thrones, this month’s blog series focused on Control4’s versatility as the ultimate smart home control system. We showed how you can start using Control4 as a saner way to control your AV system (a common entry point for those interested in automation) and moved to how easy it is to add smart functionality like lighting control, security devices, and more.

This month, we want to show you how you can go all out (or all in?) with Control4 as the maestro of your smart home orchestra. With Control4’s compatibility with thousands of AV and smart devices, solutions for lighting control, whole-house audio, and unique security features, think of Control4 as the operating system for your smart home – the glue that connects it all and makes it work together seamlessly. As your local Control4 dealer in Park City and the surrounding Utah area, we can guide you on the journey to your ultimate smart home. See what else you can do with Control4 below.

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What Can You Add to Your Control4 Smart Home Starter System?

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Beyond Entertainment, Control Devices like Lights, Locks and More

In our last blog, we introduced the Control4 starter package, a one-room entertainment control solution perfect for homeowners who are interested in home automation but want to start small. The starter package consists of one Control4 EA-1 controller, which integrates the AV devices in your entertainment room, and a handheld universal remote for intuitive entertainment control.

While one-room entertainment control is where the EA-1 controller excels, it also offers secure wireless Zigbee and IP control for up to 50 smart devices in and around your home! Step further into the world of home automation by easily integrating everyday devices like lights and locks and controlling them from the same interface you use to control your entertainment room.

Looking to expand your starter system? As a certified Control4 dealer serving the Salt Lake City, UT area, our team recommends integrating the following smart home solutions to boost everyday comfort, convenience, and peace of mind.

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4 Innovative Ways to Use Lighting Automation Scenes for Your Home

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Make Managing Lights a Snap with Automated Lighting Control

Lighting control is one of the most sought-after smart home features, and the benefits are easy to understand. Lighting control can save energy, add convenience, and increase your home's safety. Lighting control systems also add the flexibility to fine-tune one light or many in a variety of ways.

Perhaps the most powerful feature of smart lighting is the ability to create a scene. A scene is a way to program several light fixtures – or several rooms of them – to specific settings at the same time. You can then set the scene with the touch of a button, a tap on a smartphone app, or even using a voice command. Sounds simple, right? Let’s explore some innovative ways of using lighting automation in your Park City mountain home.

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Master Natural Light in Your Home with Motorized Shades

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QMotion Automated Shades Manage Light, Beautifully

Your first thought about motorized shading might be about convenience. After all, what’s more convenient than pushing a button and having your window shade go up or down?  One of the beauties of adding automation to a straightforward function is what you can do with it in concert with other automation. That’s when you start reaping the benefits of smart home control.

Have you heard the term “daylight harvesting?” Just as it sounds, it's about making the most of natural light. Fortunately, in Salt Lake City and the Utah Wasatch mountains, sunshine is abundant. Motorized shades can help you make the most of natural light in any season, saving energy, increasing comfort, and enhancing your interiors. Keep reading to learn how to master natural light in your home.

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These Smart Lighting Innovations Can Transform Your Home

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It’s Time to See Your Home in a Different Light

Do you pay much attention to your home's lighting? Most people don't, other than to have enough of it. Yet lighting can significantly affect our energy levels and mood, except you might not know it until you experience it. Like a thoughtfully lit restaurant can create the ambiance for a leisurely and romantic dinner, your home's lighting can set the stage for everything you do.

Fortunately, lighting has come a long way down the innovation path in the past few years. Two advances have led the way – LED and smart home automation. Combining this dynamic duo of technologies has enabled more creative approaches to smart lighting control in homes in Salt Lake City and the surrounding areas.

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Three Ways Control4 OS 3 Improves Your Smart Home

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Ease Your Smart Home Experience with a Control4 Installation

Smart homes should make things easier, not harder. Too often, technology solutions create complexity and frustration for users. The product holds great promise, but it takes too much effort to make everything work the way you want.

We have no doubt you can think of many technology products that are just too complicated. Whether it was a smart TV, a camera, or audio equipment, you might have been frustrated getting it to do what you wanted without going through so many steps or resetting something for the third time.

Control4 has been in the smart home control and automation market for nearly twenty years, and they have always been known for simple interfaces that make intuitive sense to non-technical users. In their latest system, OS 3, they took simplicity to the next level, streamlining navigation and rethinking the home control experience for true ease-of-use any member of the family can enjoy.

Keep reading to see why a Control4 installation should be at the top of your list to run your home in Salt Lake City and the surrounding areas.

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How to Choose A Smart Home Company

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Make Sure to Ask These Four Questions Before Embarking on Your Next Project

In many fields, it isn't easy to choose the right professionals. When you're looking for a doctor, you will often rely on the referrals of family, friends, and other doctors you may know. In some cases, you may have seen a professional's work – perhaps an exceptional landscape design – and decide that firm is a fit for you.

When looking at integrating smart home technology into your home in Park City, UT or the surrounding area, you may do much the same. A friend might make a recommendation based on a good experience, or you may admire what they've done at your friend's home. But it's equally likely that you may want to survey several technology integrators in the same way you might interview contractors for building your new home. You want to ensure that they understand your needs, what you want, and if they work with the technologies and solutions you are looking to get in your home.

Regardless of how you are introduced to a smart home company, there are some critical questions you should ask to help choose the right partner for your project.

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Four Reasons Motorized Shades Are a Smart Investment

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It’s Not All About Convenience

You might remember a few things that weren't as easy as they are today if you are of a certain age. Automobiles are a great example. Did you learn to drive with a manual transmission? Do you remember the thrill of learning to launch the car on a hill with the clutch and try not to go backward? Or how about a car without power steering? No need for weight training if you learned to parallel park muscling a heavy steering wheel.

When we talk about motorized shades, your first thought might be, "why do they need motors?" In cars, we've gone far beyond those manual days toward machines that almost drive themselves. There are many good reasons why adding power to motorized shades goes beyond the convenience factor, although it's hard to deny the convenience.

In this blog, we'll continue to make the case why motorized shades are an excellent investment for your Bountiful, UT home. Keep reading, and don't be surprised when one day, manual windows shades will be as rare as manual steering is in cars today. 

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Is Your Home Network Keeping Pace with Today’s Demands?

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With the Current Importance of Staying Connected at Home, Your Network is More Critical Than Ever

Our world is hyper-connected, and the current health crisis has demonstrated that acutely. We have come to depend on always-on connectivity, whether from smartphones, smart home devices, for audio and video entertainment, and much more.

In the current health crisis, many people are at home doing more than ever - work, school, staying in touch through video, and relying more on home-based entertainment options. With all that happening all day with multiple family members, many home networks are stretched to their limits.

Fortunately, there are things you can do to ensure your family has the connectivity it needs for all your activities. Show and Tell AV offers home network installation services in the Salt Lake City area and throughout Utah with professional-grade equipment and software tools to keep you connected through this period and well beyond. Keep reading to learn more.

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Can Automated Home Lighting Improve Your Wellbeing?

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How Managing Light Improves Mood and Energy

We may not realize it, but light – and the absence of it – affects us in many ways. Instinctively, we may feel far more energetic on a bright sunny day than a rainy, dreary one. In fact, your mood and energy might swing dramatically when the sun comes out after an extensive cloudy period.

Fortunately, the Park City area and the Utah Wasatch Front are known for getting their fair share of sun and light. Yet there are still times in the mountains when daylight hours are short and days may be relatively dark. The good news is technology has solutions to keep your energy up no matter the weather or light.

In this blog, we’ll mention how two incredibly convenient smart solutions – home lighting automation and motorized shades – can help you make the most of natural and artificial light all day long.

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Get Peace of Mind with Smarter Home Security

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Go Beyond the Alarm with Smart Home Technology

You likely remember traditional home security alarm systems – so many homes still have them. The system had a siren, window and door sensors, and wall panels to arm and disarm them with a code. Who doesn’t remember the times when the alarm went off because your hands were occupied and you didn’t disarm the system in time entering the house?

Those systems are still around, but we believe that today’s smart security systems can do much more for your Salt Lake City, UT home. Instead of just sounding an alarm when a sensor is tripped, you can get better information on what's happening at home through smart devices. Not only that, but you can take action when you need to, with just a smartphone and an internet connection.

Let’s take a closer look at a smarter approach to keeping your home safe.

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Beyond Convenience: How Motorized Blinds Help Save Energy

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Go Green in Comfort and Style Year Round

Some years ago, power windows were a feature found only on luxury cars. Today, you’d be hard-pressed to find any production automobile that has the old style manual windows. You might think that motorized shades are somewhat of a non-essential luxury, but once you think through all the practical aspects, you will see why the benefits of motorized shades go far beyond the convenience factor - and we think they’ll be as prevalent as power windows in cars someday.

Perhaps the most important benefit of motorized blinds and shades is the energy efficiency they can bring to your Salt Lake City, UT, home. Let’s explore some scenarios to see how that happens.

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Why A Control4 Installation Is The Best Choice For Your Project

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Control4 offers a variety of features to enhance your smart home

Transitioning to a smart home can be overwhelming. There are many things to consider in a smart home installation. What technology should you include in your Park City, UT home? What would be the best way to control it all?

The one thing that shouldn’t be complicated is choosing your automation partner. Go with a Control4 installation for your project for the greatest reliability and customization. Learn what makes Control4 one of the world's leading home automation brands.

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