Cresskill, NJ – May 10, 2022 – The result of a strategic alliance between Bond Bridge and Josh.ai, AV professionals can now marry the two in their client’s Control4 environments. The pairing provides Josh.ai’s natural voice control of motorized window shades, ceiling fans, and fireplaces that are managed by the Bond Bridge RF-to-WiFi control platform.
The Bond Bridge RF-to-WiFi hub along with the Bond Home Smartphone/Tablet App consolidate control of Somfy and Rollease shades and most ceiling fans. No installation or wiring is required, and for larger jobs multiples can be used. Bond brings the added benefits of programming capabilities, and now full-featured voice automation in Control4 projects courtesy of Josh.ai.
The basic Bond Bridge ($99) can manage thirty appliances in a 2,500 sq. ft. home. The step-up Bond Bridge Pro ($379) can manage fifty in a 3,500 sq. ft. home – bringing simplified, unified control to larger projects and covering the entire home. Bond Bridge Pro also incorporates an Ethernet port with POE technology which makes for easy integration with Control4.
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. Every family member can continue personalizing their experience by adding aliases to favorite devices and creating custom scenes in the Josh app. 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.”
“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.
“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
- Add devices to Bond Bridge using the Bond Home application. Directions to do so with Somfy shades can be found at:
A programming video is also available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaHomyy0ECY
- Integrate Bond Bridge with its Control4 Driver, which is accessible via Chowmain at: https://chowmain.software/drivers/control4-bond
- Access the Bond Home Driver Installation and Usage Guide at: https://chowcdn1.nyc3.digitaloceanspaces.com/documentation/CONTROL4-Bond/Chowmain_-_Bond_Home_Installation_Guide.pdf
- 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
For all Olibra/Bond Bridge media inquiries please contact Muto Communications:
Paul Muto at [email protected] / phone: 516.662.5374
Richard Frank at [email protected] / phone: 949.637.0700
About Bond Bridge
The Bond Bridge Platform is from Olibra, a technology company established in 2016 that is dedicated to making the smart home easier to create, simpler to use and more delightful to live with. The Bond Bridge Platform was launched in 2018 as a solution to bridge RF to Wi-Fi control of motorized window shades, ceiling fans and fireplaces via Smartphones and tablets. The value of Bond Bridge continues to grow as its compatibility expands to include Control4, Crestron, Elan, RTI, URC, Homebridge, Hubitat, Josh.ai, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and SmartThings. The Bond Bridge Pro was launched in 2021, with expanded range and capability, ideal for AV integrators. Twitter @Bond4Home www.bondhome.io
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