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Bond Bridge and Josh.ai Join Forces in Bringing Voice Control to Control4 Installations

Bond Bridge and Josh.ai entered a strategic partnership to provide voice control to Control4 home environments. The pairing equips Josh.ai’s natural voice control of motorized window shades, ceiling fans, and fireplaces that are managed by Bond Bridge RF-to-WiFi home control platforms. Bond brings the added benefits of programming capabilities, and now full-featured voice automation in Control4 projects courtesy of Josh.ai.

“Our strategic partnership with Josh.ai is a direct result of numerous dealer requests. Bond Bridge and Josh.ai are both revered as innovators in the custom residential channel so there is much excitement about our coming together to bring this enhanced SmartHome functionality to Control4 system installations,” says Zohar Shinar, CEO of Bond Bridge, and parent company Olibra.

The basic Bond Bridge can manage thirty appliances in a 2,500 sq. ft. home. The step-up Bond Bridge Pro can manage fifty in a 3,500 sq. ft. home – bringing simplified, unified control to larger projects and covering the entire home. Once Bond Bridge Pro is integrated with Control4 and Josh.ai, clients are empowered to use Josh.ai’s simple and private voice control throughout their living spaces.

Josh.ai’s proprietary natural language processing offers features like making multiple requests in a single command, contextually adjusting surroundings, and remembering the last device that was spoken to. For example: “Ok Josh, raise the west blackouts, lower the first-floor solar sheers, and set the fan speed to high.”

“Bond Bridge Pro helps unify device functionality through the certified Josh.ai Control4 driver, providing our installers with confidence and more robust functionality. We are excited to strategically align with the Olibra team in helping our installers save time, service calls, and reduce the overall cost of a project for their clients. Our respective Control4 compatibility is an exciting starting point for our partnership with more to come,” says Alex Capecelatro, CEO of Josh.ai.

Steps to add Bond Bridge to Control4 and Josh.ai Systems

  1. Add devices to Bond Bridge using the Bond Home application. Directions to do so with Somfy shades can be found at: https://olibra.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360032551371–Bond-Bridge-Add-Somfy-shades-using-the-Bond-Home-application A programming video is also available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaHomyy0ECY
  2. Integrate Bond Bridge with its Control4 Driver, which is accessible via Chowmain at:  https://chowmain.software/drivers/control4-bond
  3. Access the Bond Home Driver Installation and Usage Guide at:  https://chowcdn1.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/documentation/CONTROL4-Bond/Chowmain_-_Bond_Home_Installation_Guide.pdf
  4. Once Bond is integrated with Control4, add the Josh.ai Driver to Composer. Access the Josh.ai Control4 Driver at: https://www.josh.ai/control4-driver

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