Josh.ai continues to expand the power and range of artificial intelligence in the home through integration with Somfy, the world’s largest manufacturer of tubular motors for interior window coverings and exterior shading solutions.
The partnership between the two well-known brands in the custom integration channel will benefit the design-build community. This venture will provide multiple shading and screening fabricators with a recommended voice control platform. The added advantage for the clients will be 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 offerings, including UAI+, will be coming in a future update.
Integrators will enjoy an efficient deployment process for Wi-Fi-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 more convenience 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, Somfy’s partnership and CI channel manager.