Josh is a voice-controlled home automation system.
Like Siri or Google Now, the Josh programming language is built to support natural language voice commands. This includes greetings, questions, instructions, and more. Further, Josh is built to control and connect any “smart” device, from any device. For example, with Josh you can turn on your speakers from your watch, change the temperature from your phone, shut off the lights from your desktop, etc. Initially, Josh will be focused on the smart home, but over time we envision a more general-purpose AI. Josh will go where you go, making your life easier and more productive.
Why the smart home?
The “smart home”, or “connected home” as it is sometimes referred, is a truly exciting next step in the proliferation of the Internet of Things. As more and more applications are coming online, from your thermostat to your lights to your TV, the ability to connect and control these devices remotely opens up an assortment of opportunities. For one, energy savings becomes a thoughtless exercise with applications that shut themselves off as you leave the house. Second, the convenience of having instant and continuous awareness of your devices, which are operating, and the ability to turn them on or off from anywhere offers a sense of peace of mind and convenience. Third, the system is able to network together, connecting sensors like temperature and motion to devices like lights and locks. More-so, your home is your sanctuary, a place to feel comfortable and secure. Making your home “smart” transforms a bunch of wires and walls into a personal refuge. Until recently the prospect of a truly smart home was merely fiction, but in the last few years the number of “smart devices” has grown steadily and adoption is becoming widely accepted. It is now time for a truly smart home.
One of the challenges to building a fully automated house, particularly one that grows and evolves over time, is the ability to program with ease. In theory it’s great if your sprinklers turn off when it rains, or if the lights go on at sunset, but these actions today take a skilled programmer many hours to assemble. Compare that to asking a friend to turn off the lights or put on the Coldplay station. Now imagine if that friend had a perfect memory, was reliable, didn’t mind multitasking, and only needed to be asked once. In essence, that’s the promise of voice. Using natural language commands as though talking to a friend, Josh can be taught with ease. Even complicated queries can be effortlessly programmed, such as, “At sunrise if I’m home slowly fade the bedroom lights on, open the drapes, turn on the radio, and brew a pot of coffee.” We believe programming should be as natural as chatting with a friend, and this capability is essential to a truly connected house.