Your own tech expert
Today is seems that every electrical device more complicated than a toaster comes with an Android or iPhone app to control. We believe this trend, within a very short space of time, will extend to every light bulb, light switch and power outlet in our homes. Our perspective is that the proliferation of separate apps, each with its own user interface, defeats the very convenience the apps were intended to create. It is true that a person can reconfigure their entertainment system without getting up from their couch, but when you have to call up the AV Amplifier app to adjust the volume and the TV app to change its input and the Blu-ray player apps to start the program, the technology, in our estimation, becomes more trouble than it is worth (after the initial novelty wears off).
We believe that just being able to talk to each of these apps through a single spoken interface will be a great step forward. The Home Technician role will be kept up-to-date with electronic device command and data protocols and home automation to have the knowledge to interpret your spoken intentions and send commands to the appropriate app: “turn up the volume, switch the TV to input 2, and play the Blu-ray disk”.
This level of convenience is only the beginning as we expect that our technology’s build-in understanding of of complex systems dynamic state models will be employed to control and monitor aggregations of devices as a single system. Our vision is that once you have your entertainment system components connected, you can just say “play the Blu-ray” and Companion makes it happen “like magic”.