Have 000 to spend? The Josh.ai smart home system may be for you

Think $180 is a hefty sum to pay for a smart home system in the form of the Amazon Echo? Try $14,000 for Josh.ai. The connected home platform boasts a number of impressive attributes — chiefly, artificial intelligence — but it’s got the price tag to match. But don’t worry — you probably won’t have the opportunity to buy it anyway. A product of startup JStar, Josh.ai is the flagship offering from co-founders Alex Capecelatro, whose claim to fame includes starting the social-networking app Yeti, and Tim Gill, otherwise known as founder of Quark, the graphic design company. So what makes Josh.ai worth the money? As the founders tell it, this is unlike any AI system you’ve interacted with at home before. Speaking at the CEDIA Business Xchange, Capecelatro called the Echo a “cute little toy,” but…


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