Josh.ai and Kaleidescape, maker of residential movie players, have formed a strategic partnership to enable Josh.ai’s proprietary voice control to launch any title saved to a client’s content library.
Kaleidescape customers are now empowered with contextual voice commands such as, “Ok Josh, watch Raiders of the Lost Ark!” With that voice directive, for example, Josh.ai would adjust the theater’s lights, close the drapes, drop the screen, and launch the film.
The Josh.ai app’s remote UI offers navigational control of Kaleidescape menus and enables clients to create their own scenes like, “Movie Night,” to set the perfect cinematic mood.
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Once Josh.ai is deployed, each Kaleidescape device is automatically detected on the network along with its downloaded content. As part of the Josh.ai AV setup workflow, Kaleidescape Stratos are configurable as input sources to be routed across applicable video zones. Beyond native control in a standalone Josh.ai and Kaleidescape-powered home theater, Josh.ai can also control Kaleidescape players when they are routed through Crestron SIMPL, Crestron Home, and Control4 video distribution.
In addition to the efficiency of contextual voice automation, customers will be comforted by Josh.ai’s strong stance as a privacy-focused voice assistant, purpose-built for professionally installed smart home systems. Clients will have peace of mind knowing that Josh.ai is committed to providing a delightful and inclusive voice experience without sharing or selling user data for marketing purposes.
“Josh.ai’s direct deep-linking integration with Kaleidescape content is just a glimpse at what the future of automation and contextual voice control can deliver to the home cinema experience,” said Tayloe Stansbury, CEO, Kaleidescape. “The ability to watch a Kaleidescape film and customize your movie night with a simple voice command is an exciting and functional new offering for our customers, and we are delighted to be partnering with Josh.ai to raise the bar for convenience and immersion in home theaters.”
“Our vision with Josh.ai is to offer simple, secure, and magical experiences for interacting with the smart home. The combination of Kaleidescape’s premium cinematic content and Josh.ai’s natural voice control elevates every aspect of the home theater to offer an unparalleled experience,” added Alex Capecelatro, CEO, Josh.ai. “Our relationship with Kaleidescape illustrates Josh.ai’s continued commitment to the custom channel and I am thrilled that this is just the start of our close strategic partnership.”