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Televisions, fridges, personal computers, mobile phones, tablets – all of these things were once the very edge of the “cutting edge”. Within only a few years, these devices became staples of our everyday lives. They made things easier, more entertaining, or made them more practical or safe – in some cases, as in smart-phones, they did all of these. The same is happening, across the board, with smarthome solutions. Particularly, and as our first entrant in our AI in smarthome technology blog series, an example of the very edge of cutting edge is Josh – a system you are soon to hear much more about.
Josh is an artificial intelligence system, which responds to your voice, and integrates with all the tech in your home. If you want to play a particular song, you simply ask Josh to stream it through your Sonos audio. You can even ask Josh to play particular types of music. You can ask him to play 90s songs, classical music or create a playlist of musicians that sound similar to your other favourite bands.
More so than this, you can ask Josh to turn on and off individual lights in any part of your home; or ask him to report on the temperature of any room, or ask to see the feeds from one or all of your security cameras.
With recent studies finding that voice-to-text recognition is now faster and more accurate than text typing on a mobile phone, you can also be confident that these AI systems can respond to your voice with ease and accuracy. No more having to speak slow and steady and loudly to your phone. Josh will likely understand your voice without a problem.
The only major current drawback is Josh’s reliance on the computerised-sounding voice of Microsoft Sam. It is a shame, but the voice does not sound fluid. It is something synonymous with the early days of voice technology. This will surely change and improve in future updates and versions. What is important, however, is that Josh presents the possibility of responsive, intuitive, integrated voice control. Your home can be controlled through your phone in an easier and more human way than ever before.
Josh AI is still taking reservations for their initial launch this year, there is obviously still much more to come from this ambitious undertaking. Josh is a step in the right direction. We can’t wait to see where it goes next.
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