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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How to Integrate Audio, Video, and Everything Else with Control4

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Let Control Orchestrate Your Smart Home

While you are undoubtedly familiar with many of today's smart devices, do you ever wonder how home automation started? It began with audio and video systems control. Back in the 1990s, we had many single-purpose devices - VCRs, DVD players, CD players, turntables, TVs, projectors, etc. Getting all those to work together usually led to picking up and deciphering many button-festooned remote controls. 

Brave souls would purchase and program universal remotes, but even those could be very frustrating affairs. Many people in Salt Lake City turned to professionals like us to install systems that would actually work, ones that could understand that a device was on or off and could execute your wishes reliably. From there, other controls could be added to manage lights, motorized window treatments, and other accouterments of modern home theaters and living areas.

Today, not only are there a myriad of smart home DIY devices for many functions, but there are also full-fledged smart home control platforms like Control4 for not only audio-video integration but a host of other smart home functions too.  

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