Kaleidescape Links With Josh.ai for Contextual Voice Commands

Josh.ai, featuring AI for the custom home, and movie player maker Kaleidescape have announced a strategic partnership enabling Josh.ai’s proprietary voice control to launch any title saved to a client’s content library.

This allows Kaleidescape customers to use contextual voice commands, such as: “OK Josh, watch Indiana Jones!”

Josh.ai adjusts the theater’s lights, closes the drapes, drops the screen, and launches the film on Kaleidescape.

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 cinematic mood.

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 contextual voice automation, Kaleidescape partners “will be comforted by Josh.ai’s strong stance as a privacy-focused voice assistant, purpose-built for professionally installed smart home systems,” according to Kaleidescape. “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,” according to the company.

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Dealers interested in learning more can join a one-on-one Q&A webinar with Josh.ai CEO Alex Capecelatro and Kaleidescape CEO Tayloe Stansbury on the partnership Sept. 16 at 3 p.m. ET / noon PT.

“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,” Stansbury said in a statement. “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,” Capecelatro said in a statement. “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.”

Founded in 2015, Josh.ai is a Denver-based company creating platforms and products that enable true natural interaction with technology in everyday life. With a focus on AI, machine learning, and intuitive design, the mission at Josh.ai is to transform how consumers live in our environments.