NEWS - AUGUST 2022
Josh.ai and Somfy Announce Partnership
Teaming up for the most advanced voice-activated control of motorized solutions.
JOSH.AI CONTINUES EXPANDING upon the power and range of artificial intelligence in the home through an integration with Somfy, the world’s largest manufacturer of tubular motors for interior window coverings and exterior shading solutions. The partnership not only aligns two marquee brands in the custom channel that are focused on the design-build community, but also provides multiple shading and screening fabricators with a recommended voice platform. For clients that want to adjust the degree of daylight warming their homes or conveniently automate a theater screen, Josh.ai now provides them with a natural and privacy-oriented means of control.
Starting with the TaHoma interface, Josh.ai has targeted wireless and retrofit applicable installs with their first iteration of Somfy integration. Support for Somfy’s low voltage offer, including UAI+, will be coming in a future update. Integrators will enjoy an efficient deployment process for WiFi-connected TaHoma bridges after enabling third-party integration for Josh.ai in the Somfy app. Once authorized, Josh.ai will automatically begin pulling in the following devices from Somfy for native control: Shades, Blinds, Draperies, Exterior Screens, Awnings, Rolling Shutters, Pergolas, Projection Screens and Zigbee Smart plugs.
By communicating directly to each device within a project, the Josh.ai integration ensures a user-friendly experience. The case of shade grouping applies to not only a room’s shades, but sub-types like sheers and blackouts as well. Utilizing Josh.ai’s advanced device aliasing capabilities will enable clients to experience an unmatched level of convenience and joy when interacting with their homes. Natural language commands like, “Ok Josh, close the blackout shades and lower the theater screen,” as well as, “Ok Josh, raise the first-floor solar sheers halfway,” are now possible with this new Somfy integration.
“When combined, voice control and solar shading add an aspect to daylighting that allows an occupant's space to react to their needs at any given moment. Whether it's exposing views, providing shade, or protecting valuable artwork, the combination of movement and voice control is something to experience, and not soon forget.” said Brittany Mier y Terán, Partnership and CI Channel Manager. “Somfy North America is proud to partner with an innovator like Josh.ai. Together, we provide the design and architecture communities with the ability to design for wellness through natural voice control of their favorite window treatments and solar shading.”
"Voice control of motorized blinds and shades are some of the most popular activations we see by Josh users, and personally, I give commands to the shades in my home multiple times a day," said Alex Capecelatro, CEO of Josh.ai. "Our partnership with Somfy provides dealers, designers and architects with an even better selection when it comes to delivering exceptional experiences for our mutual clients. I can't wait to see the creative ways the design and build community takes advantage of this new opportunity!"