Samsung Electronics officially announced that its entire range of 2016 smart TVs will surely to peak the intrigue of those Internet of Things (IoT) ready and connected with SmartThings hubs, that too with an intention of interest in home automation. The South Korean firm has revealed some information about its expected range of smart TVs compatible with its SmartThings platform and IoT integration. Additionally, its flagship TVs called SUHD TVs will also serve the SmartThings Hub technology.
An open platform that allows users to connect, manage and control supported IoT devices. The level of SmartThings integration between Samsung‘s SUHD TVs and SmartThings Hub will essentially turn the TV into a full-fledged controller for your entire smart home setup. Lights, thermostats, cameras, and varying types of sensor-based hardware will also be able to be connected to SmartThings.
Aquired by Samsung in 2014. In order to connect the SUHD TV to the whole set of SmartThings devices, you will need the services of a free “SmartThings Extend” USB adapter which will be bundled for free with every TV set. Device will make you enable to “monitor and control ZipBee and Z-Wave devices.”
Without the need for a separate $99 SmartThings hub on the home network. A free SmartThings Extend USB adapter is required to add protocols to the Wi-Fi already built into Samsung’s smart TVs. There are more than 200 different SmartThings-compatible devices available on the market and because of SmartThings Hub technology being built into company’s upcoming SUHD TVs lineup, all these gadgets will be able to connect to it and then able to be managed using a dedicated SmartThings app on the TV.
The SmartThings application will feature like Cinema Mood that will allow owners to adjust lighting and sound from the TV in order to create a tailored movie experience. But nevertheless, Samsung ahs took a step forward to make SmartThings integration more significant with the TV viewing experience so you don’t ever need to go in and out of the app all the time. Alerts from motion sensors, for instance, can pop up directly on the television to alert viewers of visitors or potential intruders. All in all, you can even check the video from the camera and open the door directly from the TV or smartphone app if you won a compatible camera and door lock.
Samsung will take the stage at the upcoming 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to introduce the new range as well as the assosiated SmartThings Hub that is integrated within.
Alex Hawkinson, current CEO and Co-founder of SmartThings discussed the benefit of the integration:
With Samsung Smart TVs working with the SmartThings technology, we have an opportunity to reach millions of households. Applying this technology into current household devices is a major step forwards that will make it much easier for everyone to experience the benefits of a smart home.
Roadmap of Samsung’s 2016 TV also means that the home automation space is starting to get extremely competitive. Rival Apple has already thrown its hat into the automation ring with frameworks like HomeKit that is being adopted by hardware manufacturers as we discuss. Samsung on the other hand ensured that true choice will be offered for the consumer in the next calendar year.
Would Samsung demonstrates the new SmartThings-compatible TVs for the first time at the big CES event in early January, is to be seen.