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A robust home automation system like Control4 is the backbone of your smart home. It offers a personalized and unified platform from which to control and automate all your smart home devices, including lights, window shades, thermostats, music, security cameras, door locks, and more.

While a Control4 smart home installation is magical by itself, you can elevate that experience even more with the addition of A privacy-focused industry leader in voice control, revolutionizes the way you interact with your Bel Air, CA smart home through natural voice commands.

Below, learn what you can do with when you pair it with your Control4 smart home system.

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Unlike other voice control platforms that require you to hardcode voice commands and memorize phrases for devices and rooms, Josh believes you should be able to speak to your home naturally. You can voice any command, and Josh will understand your intent.

Josh doesn’t only understand one command for opening the shades or turning on the lights. Tell Josh to “open the shades halfway” today and “lift the shades to 50%” tomorrow, and Josh will understand both. Josh understands nicknames as well, so if you name a room “movie room,” Josh will also know it’s the same room as the “cinema room” or “home theater” without you needing to program any aliases.

You can also use compound commands without having to repeat the wake word. Tell Josh to “turn the lights on upstairs, play Kendrick Lamar in the kitchen, lower the living room shades halfway, and lock the front door,” and Josh will make it happen without a hitch.

Check out a few intuitive commands you can use with Josh:

  • “I’m warm.” – Josh will lower the thermostat.
  • “Close the shades on the second floor.”
  • “Turn off the media room.” – Josh will turn off appliances and lights and close the shades.
  • “Put on pop music in the kitchen and jazz music on the patio.”
  • “It’s too bright in here.” – Josh will dim the lights in the room you’re in.


With a Control4 4Sight subscription, Control4 users can create and edit smart home scenes using the web-based When >> Then platform. While this method isn’t unintuitive, it may take some training and time to get the hang of it. But with Josh, you can create and edit scenes with just your voice.

Here’s how it works: Tell Josh that you want to create a scene called “dinner party.” Josh will then ask you what you’d like this scene to do. You can reply with, “Dim the dining room lights halfway, turn on the patio lights, set the thermostat to 70 degrees, and play Glass Animals downstairs.” That’s it! Now you have a new scene called “dinner party” that you can activate at any time.


You can also create and edit more advanced scenes using the Josh app on your smartphone, tablet, or web browser. The Josh app integrates with your Control4 system so you can check on and control every aspect of your smart home from anywhere, as well as create and edit scenes on the fly using voice or text. Whether you have one or several properties, you’ll find them all in one easy-to-use interface.


Josh believes the best smart home systems are the ones you can’t see. When Josh is part of your smart home, you don’t need a bunch of touchscreens and keypads on the walls—although Control4 and Lutron offer sleek and sophisticated wall interfaces if you prefer them. Josh puts powerful, simple, and reliable smart home control in your hand through natural interfaces such as voice and touch (via the Josh app).

The small but mighty Josh Micro speakers sit on a tabletop or mounted to a wall and feature a far-field microphone array to hear your command from across the room. Even more discreet are the new Josh Nano architectural microphones sized just larger than a quarter. These flush-mount microphones blend with your home and work with your sound system for beautiful, high-quality audio feedback. Like the Micros, the Nanos know what room you’re in and what devices to control when you speak.

Interested in adding Josh to your smart home? Call on the certified dealers at Malibu Wired. We’d love to discuss your project with you. Learn more by contacting us here or sending us a message in the chat box below.