Samsung makes a wide range of devices from smartphones and laptops to cameras, TVs, refrigerators and washing machines. Now the company is launching a platform that brings them together, letting you control a wide range of devices using a single system.
It’s called Samsung Smart Home, and the idea is that users will be able to control devices or view details from a phone or other mobile device. For instance you can turn on your home air conditioner from the office or turn off the lights in your house as you walk out the door by issuing a command on your phone.
Samsung is hardly the first company to latch onto the idea of connected devices and a connected home experience. But as one of the biggest consumer electronics companies in the world, Samsung might be in a good position to pull it off — and I’m sure Samsung officials wouldn’t mind if the move encouraged folks who are happy with their Galaxy smartphones to think Samsung when they’re in the market for a TV or refrigerator.
At launch, the Smart Home initiative will focus on “Device Control” and “Home View” features.
Device Control allows you to use a mobile device or Samsung Smart TV to monitor and control devices in your home, such as lights and heating and cooling systems. You can do this whether you’re at home or away. There’s also a voice control element that lets you trigger certain actions by speaking to your phone, tablet, or possibly even a Galaxy Gear smartwatch.
Home View lets you use those apps to check in on cameras if you have a security system, or view other real-time details.
Samsung plans to show off the technology at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, and we could see Samsung Smart Home features in products shipping soon.
Michael Thompson wrote “but a (gasp) more open standard.”
There is a standard (amongst several) for connecting up devices for home automation by the name of X10 and X10 devices can be controlled from open source operating systems such as GNU/Linux.
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What Samsung are offering is the convenience of their system which is what consumers blindly tend to prefer along with undying brand loyalty (until something bad happens like with Sony — rootkits on CDs and exploding Lithium ion batteries)
Last time I combined my watch and smartphone with the washing machine it resulted in my needing to buy a new watch and smartphone.
How the TV got in there I’ll never know…
Convergence is interesting but I’d like it to not be brand specific, but a (gasp) more open standard.
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