Josh.ai Unveils Josh Nano – The World’s First Architectural Microphone

Josh.ai Unveils Josh Nano – The World’s First Architectural Microphone

Powered by Josh Core, Josh Nano reimagines user experiences in the smart home.

 Josh.ai continues expanding the power of artificial intelligence in the home with the launch of Josh Nano and Josh Core, the company’s new product ecosystem that works together to provide an integrated voice automation experience. Josh Nano is the world’s first Architectural Microphone — a beautiful device that seamlessly blends into any design aesthetic. Josh Core is the whole home processor, doubling down on local processing to ensure that every client’s data is private and secure. After raising $22M in funding earlier this year and establishing itself as a leader in voice control, Josh.ai continues to deliver intuitive, simple, and magical user experiences. 

While mass-market voice assistants are physically becoming larger and positioning their speakers as focal points in a room, Josh Nano has been purpose-built to integrate into its surroundings. Josh.ai worked closely with the architecture, design, and professional installation communities to rethink how voice control should perform in the world’s most luxurious homes. Measuring only 0.1 inches thin and 1.6 inches in diameter, Josh Nano is installed flush on a wall for an impeccably discreet voice experience. With an optional paintable cover, Josh Nano becomes practically invisible as part of the home’s interior design.

Josh Nano is equipped with a four microphone array featuring advanced far-field listening, a privacy switch that physically disconnects the microphones when toggled, and a capacitive touch sensor for contextual touch control. There is also a full RGB LED light ring that disappears when not in use, and a remote temperature sensor that can be used to trigger advanced automations. 

At the heart of the system, powering every Josh Nano device, is Josh Core. An elegantly designed server that acts as the central brain, Josh Core communicates with all of the connected devices and localizes control processing, further emphasizing the company’s commitment to user privacy. 

Josh Core utilizes Josh.ai’s proprietary VoiceCast™ and VoiceLink™ technologies to send Josh.ai’s responses through the home’s built-in audio system, which gives the magical effect of the home actually speaking back to you. This can be done wirelessly or hard-wired through input / output audio ports built in to the device. Josh Core can also span VLANs for properties with complex networks — an industry first for systems with voice automation. 

“We decided to launch Josh Nano and Josh Core at our first ever Josh Keynote, an event not only aimed at the integrator community, but at architects, designers, home builders, and homeowners alike,” said Alex Capecelatro, CEO of Josh.ai. “In addition to featuring our own products, we wanted to highlight our strong partnership with brands like Lutron, Sonos, and Crestron, in a world-class environment. Filmed at an $80M spec home designed and built by Arya Group in Los Angeles, the event features a hidden sushi bar that rises from under a table, hydraulic walls and ceilings that open up to transform their environments, advanced lighting, and AV features, and more, installed by integrators Powerfull Systems and Roberts AV. The goal is to show people what’s possible, not just with voice control, but in a beautifully designed and professionally installed home.

In the three years since Josh.ai’s $8M funding round in 2017, the company designed, built, and shipped its first hardware product, Josh Micro, an all-in-one smart home processor and hands-free voice assistant. The Josh.ai software features a custom natural language processing engine that can handle multiple requests in one command, deep-linking with AV distribution, room, and contextual awareness, as well as a proprietary natural language scene creator through Fiji OS. Clients can walk into their family room, for example, and say, “turn the lights on, raise the drapes, play classical music, and watch The Weather Channel” in a single utterance, and Josh.ai will handle all the smart home control and content routing to that room. Users could just as easily tell the system “Good Morning” as a custom scene, which could activate that text sequence, making for a powerful yet simple command.

Josh.ai is a professionally installed home automation platform with integrations that include smart lighting, shades, music, HVAC, AV, security, appliances, and more. Dozens of top integrations and partnerships have been forged with industry leaders such as Lutron, Sony, Sonos, Samsung, Comcast, Dish, Bosch, Ecobee, SnapAV, IC Realtime, Roku, AVPro Edge, Atlona, Meridian, AudioControl, Barco, Sonance, LG, Pioneer, Philips, Sound United, Yamaha, 2N, DoorBird, and more. In addition, Josh.ai integrates with other high-end control systems including Crestron and Control4. 

In addition to advanced voice control, the Josh.ai iOS and Android apps offer unparalleled control over the entire home. With the app, users have the ability to check cameras, see the state of devices, easily create scenes, and control everything with voice or a beautiful GUI, from anywhere in the world.

The new products, Josh Nano and Josh Core bring Josh.ai one step closer to the ideal smart home experience – one that is simple to use, private and secure, and immensely powerful. 

About Josh.ai

Josh.ai is a Denver based company with offices in Colorado and California. The company launched in 2015 and creates products and platforms that enable true natural interaction with technology in everyday life. With a focus on AI, machine learning, and design-first hardware, the mission at Josh.ai is to transform how we live in our environments. For more information, please visit www.josh.ai or email press@josh.ai.

Access Networks Raising Money to Buy and Donate 1,000 Pairs of Nike Shoes for The Boys and Girls Club

Access Networks Raising Money to Buy and Donate 1,000 Pairs of Nike Shoes for The Boys and Girls Club

Positioned as an industry-wide fundraiser, the Access Networks’ Nike Kicks for Kids Shoe Drive invites fellow vendors, integrators, and friends to contribute from Nov. 2 until the end of the year; Access Networks will match each pair of shoes donated. 

LOS ANGELES, CA (November 2, 2020) – As families across the nation struggle with economic hardship, the holidays can be particularly difficult. To help families in need, Access Networks is bringing the entire integration community together for a fundraiser to provide children across the country with a pair of brand-new Nike shoes. To ensure that the donated shoes go to children who need them the most, they have teamed up with the national organization The Boys and Girls Club.

Access Networks has set a fundraising goal of at least 1,000 pairs of shoes. For every $30 a pair of shoes can be donated, and for every pair donated by industry friends, Access Networks will match that generosity.

The Nike Kicks for Kids Shoe Drive runs from November 2nd until the end of the year, and contributions can be made to a GoFundMe page. Details can be found on the Access Networks website www.accessnetworks.com/kicks-for-kids/.

“In times when there are so many less fortunate than us, let’s band together as the powerful community that we are to make a difference. Not only will each donation help keep a child’s feet stay warm, but it may also be their only holiday gift and it will give them something to take pride in,” says Access Networks director of business development, Haley Patterson. “Let’s end the year with something that brings us together and gives us something to feel good about.” 

Individuals interested in donating to the Access Networks Nike Shoe Drive can visit https://www.accessnetworks.com/kicks-for-kids/. 

About Access Networks

Access Networks is the premier enterprise-grade networking solutions provider for the modern smart home. We design and maintain sophisticated network solutions based on a simple premise: keeping our customers connected. Access Networks assists custom integrators by working to specify, select, source, and configure the networking gear before it is shipped to the project site. From design and deployment to service after the sale, we are here to ensure our network solutions meet the bandwidth demands of today’s AV and control components and enhance the overall technology experience. Visit and follow Access Networks at www.accessnetworks.com, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. 

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High-End Home Theater Dazzles Despite Dirty Electricity

High-End Home Theater Dazzles Despite Dirty Electricity

Reference-grade Dolby Atmos home theater combats a problematic power grid thanks to Torus Power Isolation Transformers.

All it takes is one electrical surge or spike to damage a piece of home theater equipment. This threat is very real in Russia, where most of the country is fed by a single electrical grid. Home to several industries, Moscow is particularly prone to electrical disturbances. Every time a big piece of machinery turns on, the power grid takes a significant hit. The resulting electrical surges can affect nearby residences, putting sensitive electronic gear at significant risk.  When a home has been outfitted with some of the finest AV equipment on the planet, protection from power disturbances is just as important to the entertainment experience as the quality of the speakers, amplifiers, processors, AV sources, and video projector.

“When we started plans for a custom theater in a large luxury home in Moscow, we knew the quality of the power grid was questionable,” says Christian Søgren Nielsen, creative director and founder of Danish AV integration firm CSN Teknik. “It’s better to be safe than sorry, especially when installing such high-end gear, so no ordinary surge protector would do for this client. We needed a heavy-duty power conditioner, like the RM 16 Power Isolation Transformer from Torus Power.”

To ensure that every audio, video, and control component would receive clean, protected power, CSN Teknik installed six RM 16 Power Conditioners into the newly built theater. Fully protected from electrical disturbances and lightning strikes are a Dolby Atmos system comprised of Wisdom Audio speakers, amplifiers, and controllers; Trinnov Audio processor, Barco dual-laser 4K HDR video projector, Kaleidescape media server and player, Blu-ray Disc players, Apple TV, and RTI home theater control system. “We didn’t want to leave anything to chance, especially considering the instability of the power grid and the amount of construction that was happening in the building as we were installing the theater,” Nielsen relates. “There’s no doubt in my mind that the Torus Power units saved us and our selective customers from the worst-case scenario.” 

As it safeguards the reference-grade equipment from dirty electricity, the Torus power transformers ensure full dynamic range from the audio equipment and stunning imagery from video gear. CSN Teknik optimized the audio and video presentation even further by constructing and designing the home theater for pristine acoustics. Working in tandem with the architect and other craftsmen, CSN Teknik employed a “room-within-a-room” construction technique to prevent sound from entering or leaving the space—important when neighboring units are located directly above, below, and adjacent to the seventh-floor residence. This construction method completely decouples the envelope of the home theater from the residence’s interior and exterior walls so that “No extraneous noise would interfere with the home theater presentation, nor would audio from the powerful Wisdom system disturb other occupants of the building, fulfilling the customer’s wish for absolute silence outside the theater and killer sound inside it,” Nielsen says. Insulating the home theater also gave CSN Teknik a “clean slate” from which to calibrate the audio to perfection.

It’s been four years since CSN Teknik completed the home theater, so construction of neighboring units—an initial source of electrical issues–has subsided. Yet, problems with the power grid remain. the six Torus power conditioners combined with high-caliber AV equipment and proper acoustical design maintain an entertainment environment that’s just as powerful and enjoyable today as the day it was installed.

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Zappiti Pro 4K HDR Media Player Honored by EISA as Best Home Theater Media Player, 2020-2021, in Two Categories

Zappiti Pro 4K HDR Media Player Honored by EISA as Best Home Theater Media Player, 2020-2021, in Two Categories

Rich interface, 32 TB of HDD storage, and 4K playback help Zappiti win Best Home Theater Media Player awards from the Expert Imaging and Sound Association. 

Fort Lauderdale, Florida (September 30, 2020) Zappiti, an award-winning manufacturer of 4K media players, recently added two more accolades to its roster. The Zappiti Pro 4K HDR Media Player was honored as Best Home Theater Media Player in both the Home Theater and Display and Home Theater Audio categories by the Expert Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) for 2020-2021.

Helping AV integrators worldwide deliver to their customers an enriched, engaging home entertainment experience that combines the best of traditional and modern technologies, Zappiti’s Pro 4K HDR Media Player present existing Blu-ray Disc and DVD collections, complemented by dynamic features such as interactive menus, automatic categorization of content, intuitive navigation, animation, and 3-D effects. 

“We’re honored to have received not one but two awards EISA for our flagship media player,” says Rémy Pariselle, Zappiti Marketing Director. “It’s a wonderful testament to our commitment to providing the integration community with a standout product of advanced capabilities and features to deliver an exceptional entertainment experience.”

Other features of the Zappiti Pro 4K HDR Media Player recognized EISA include 32TB of HDD storage, inputs for local USB drives, ability to stream content from NAS devices and PCs. The support of 4K HDR, Dolby Atmos, and DTS:X, plus hi-res audio to 192kHz/24-bit and multiroom playback also helped Zappiti secure these two prestigious awards. 

To learn more about Zappiti, its award-winning Pro 4K HDR Media Player, and other products in the portfolio go to zappiti.us.com

About Zappiti

Zappiti is an international leader in the design and manufacturing of high-end universal media players. Providing AV integrators with a range of solutions, Zappiti has offices in both Europe and the U.S., with operations including research and development, tech support, and sales. Engineered to deliver high-caliber audio and video reproduction, Zappiti media players create an immersive, dimensional, and emotional entertainment experience that is just as the original filmmakers intended. Rich in innovative software and hardware technology and boasting user-friendly operation, Zappiti media players appeal to both casual viewers and serious home theater enthusiasts. 

For additional information visit www.zappiti.us.com. 

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Screen Innovations Delivers Manual Box Version of its Popular Nano Motorized Shade

Screen Innovations Delivers Manual Box Version of its Popular Nano Motorized Shade

New Nano Box Manual complements SI’s existing line of Nano motorized shades, providing integrators an opportunity to dress every window with matching cassettes. 

AUSTIN, TX (October 1, 2020) — Screen Innovations (SI), a premier US-based manufacturer of projection screens and window shades, widens its Nano product category with the addition of Nano Manual Box shade cassettes. Designed to perfectly match the cosmetics of the motorized version of Nano, Nano Manual Box offers integrators and end-users the ability to use a combination of less expensive manual shades on smaller ancillary windows like those in a guest bedroom and motorized units on windows in main spaces like family rooms, and still maintain a unified look throughout a residence. By adding Nano Manual Box to its extensive shade lineup, SI continues to provide integrators with simple, decorative, economical, and highly functional shading solutions.

“Our introduction of a new Nano Manual Box shade offering helps SI dealers provide a cohesive shading solution for every window of a customer’s home. The manual and motorized Nano cassettes and open roll look exactly the same; aesthetically, there’s no way to tell the difference,” says SI CEO Ryan Gustafson. “The scope and revenue potential of a shading project is no longer dictated by the number of motorized units required. Integrators can offer a solution for every window in a home, even those on which a manually-controlled treatment will suffice. Adding our new Nano Manual Box shades further enhances our dealer’s quiver, allowing them to better compete in the shading market.”

Like the motorized Nano Box, Nano Manual Box comes in more than 12 decorator colors, including custom finishes, can be fitted with a wide variety of shading fabrics, mounts quickly and easily to a variety of bracket styles, and offers standard and reverse-roll options. SI rounds out the aesthetic and functionality of Nano Manual Box with a simple, attractive pull tab that matches the shade fabric and a telescoping wand to position the shades of hard-to-reach windows.

To see the new Nano Manual Box shade offering and SI’s other shade solutions, please visit www.screeninnovations.com/shade/nano-box.

About Screen Innovations

Screen Innovations engineers and hand-builds all screen and shade solutions at its 75,000-square-foot factory in Austin, Texas. Dedicated to developing the most unique and innovative screens and shades for the custom residential and commercial markets, the company offers a wide variety of design-forward products that suit any environment. As a leading manufacturer of screen and shade solutions, Screen Innovations is focused on the implementation of new technologies into its products and providing its dealers with the services and tools they need to differentiate themselves and grow their custom installation businesses. 

For more information about SI, please visit screeninnovations.com, and follow the company on Facebook @screen innovations and Twitter @SIScreens. 

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