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Chris MessinaHunter@chrismessina · Product designer & entrepreneur
It's an interesting approach — a high-end version of Siri for the home, it seems. They're shipping 100 of these in 2016 — as of now, there are 59 spots left. A reservation (at the early price) can be had for $5k deposit. I *think* what you get is a server that connects to your home network and lets you control things with your voice. But that's about all I could tell from the site... Interestingly, it's co-founded by Alex Capecelatro (Yeti) and Tim Gill, the founder and former chair of Quark, Inc.
Alex CapecelatroMaker@alexcapecelatro · Co-founder & CEO, JStar
@chrismessina thanks for the share! Details are correct. The only thing I would add is a particular focus on full home control and automation. Ton of cool features we'll announce when ready :)
Alex CapecelatroMaker@alexcapecelatro · Co-founder & CEO, JStar
By the way, we currently integrate with most of the popular smart home products such as Nest, Sonos, Lutron, and Philips Hue. I'm curious what products you'd like to see us support. Feel free to let me know in the comments here or you can fill out our beta survey if you have some time and want to possibly beta test Josh:
Nader Dajani@nader_dajani
@alexcapecelatro I'd love to hear what everyone else is using. I'm currently playing with Nestcam, Sonos, and Lutron lights.
Justin Darcy@justinsdarcy · Alliances, Salesforce
@alexcapecelatro congrats to you and Tim on this feature and soft launch! Can't wait to see this in action!
Alex CapecelatroMaker@alexcapecelatro · Co-founder & CEO, JStar
Esteban Contreras@socialnerdia · VP of Product at HYP3R
The team is great. Excited about this.
Alex!@imaznation · PM, Microsoft
No shots of the actual hardware device. No screenshots of the actual app UX. No details about what wireless technologies used for communicating with switches/lights/etc. are actually supported. $5000 deposit. Shipping target of only 100 units for the entire year of 2016. So let me get this straight, they want me to pay more upfront than what Tesla wants for a Model S for some magical piece of vaporware that nobody knows what it actually looks like? On top of that, the company is so confident in their ability to deliver that they are only promising 100 units? Amazon Echo + IFTT does just about all of this today. I don't need an "AI" for what appears to be simply natural-language voice recognition. And say I do pony up the $5000 (deposit?! what's the actual final price?!) and somehow they manage to ship before December 31, 2016, there's still no guarantee that an Amazon Echo 2 or refreshed Google OnHub, or updated Cortana on Xbox One, or a bazillion other production-ready products with way lower price-points and better developer support won't be replacing it at 1/40th the cost?
Alex CapecelatroMaker@alexcapecelatro · Co-founder & CEO, JStar
@imaznation you're absolutely right, we're purposely not revealing too much at this time. @chrismessina surprised us with this feature this morning and we're happy to answer questions. To see a little more about what we're up to, check out this PCMag feature at
Tom Pryor@tom_pryor
@alexcapecelatro still all the examples there seem possible already with Alexa and IFTTT or SmartThings - I'm not rational when it comes to purchasing these things and am normally down for anything, but what more does the $5k get you?
Alex CapecelatroMaker@alexcapecelatro · Co-founder & CEO, JStar
@thomaspryor we're staying quiet on exact features right now, but our focus is on high end home automation. We're making it simple, elegant, and beautiful for non-technical home owners to get "the home of the future". We're typically going into larger homes (5,000-10,000+ sqft) and facilitating full home control and monitoring, alerts, automations, and more. Alexa and IFTTT are great, but they're still somewhat complicated to configure, they have limited reach when it comes to IoT control across product lines, they get difficult to work with in large environments, and they don't offer a user experience for remote access. If you're familiar with companies like Crestron and Control4, think of us as a more modern version of those.
Martin Wawrusch@martinwawrusch
@imaznation It seems to be me that they are targeting a different audience. More like people who own upscale houses in the 2 to 20 mil range where perfect integration is way more important than price. There is a huge market for this here in LA. For me the best device is one that is not visible at all. Also, limiting the first rollout to 100 customers is a very smart move, it allows them to fine tune the system and fix issues on an individual basis. it's for sure not a mass market product that you send out and update later.