I was at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in Las Vegas this week and visited with our friends at Josh.ai, which continues to grow the reach of artificial intelligence in the home by partnering with Home Connect, a dynamic ecosystem created to connect home appliances from brands like Bosch and Thermador to the Internet of Things.
Starting with the support of fully automatic coffee machines with Home Connect, the integration illustrates Josh.ai’s commitment to luxury home automation as well as Home Connect’s aim of unlocking a multitude of connected consumer experiences in the household. Once enabled, users can simply ask Josh in a natural way to brew their choice of beverage, including options such as the type, strength, and quantity of coffee. Requests can be as simple or complex as desired, such as “Ok Josh, make some coffee” or “Ok Josh, brew a strong large Espresso Macchiato.” Josh.ai users will be able to control their Home Connect devices in any accessible property by authorizing their Home Connect account within the Josh platform.
As with other Josh.ai integrations, the Home Connect setup process is easy and intuitive for the integrator. Once the Home Connect-enabled devices are connected to the network, Josh.ai will auto discover and populate them into the Josh.ai environment.
“We are excited about the Josh.ai partnership because it will allow consumers to enjoy their appliance experiences fully integrated in their overall home automation–all accessible by an impressive voice interface,” said Johannes Ochsner, senior manager of connected products and digital services at BSH Home Appliances. “Home Connect improves the appliance user experience by providing added convenience, personalization and peace of mind. With the Josh.ai partnership, luxury and premium appliance brands such as Bosch and Thermador can offer consumer experiences that surpass what is expected from an appliance.”
According to Alex Capecelatro, CEO of Josh.ai, “We’re excited to partner with BSH and Home Connect as a fellow innovator in the connected appliance, and in particular, the connected kitchen, space. While kitchen and bath appliances are emerging areas for traditional AV integrators, BSH shares our passion for a truly connected home that provides an amazing user experience. We’re both focused on the luxury segment and it’s always a joy aligning on ways to deliver the best for our shared clients. This is just the beginning in a journey to push the limits on what’s possible in the connected home. We couldn’t be more excited to work with such a forward thinking organization.”
“Josh.ai’s technological tour-de-force has genuinely revolutionized consumers’ access to home automation. Its ever-expanding spectrum of integration partnerships with sophisticated brands widely opens the door to new opportunities for interior designers. Our upscale clients have all responded with shear enthusiasm. I look forward to many more innovations from Josh.ai, specifically opportunities with connecting kitchens and baths,” said Jerome Thiebault, owner of boutique interior design firm JTID INC (http://www.jtidinc.biz/) based in the Los Angeles area.