Samsung Smart Home

Samsung aims to unify home appliances, TVs, smartphones and smartwatches through a single service

Samsung is looking to take advantage of its presence across the breadth of consumer electronics categories with its new Smart Home service, announced today. The electronics giant aims to make home automation easier for owners of its range of smartphones, smartwatches, TVs and white goods, with a single app able to connect home appliances and mobile devices.

The company says it plans to expand the service into home security and energy management in future. As well as enabling smartphones to control and check up on appliances, the service will allow users to control smart appliances in other novel ways —

With the Samsung Smart Home app, people can control multiple devices simultaneously. For example, a user can simply say “Good Night” to the TV remote control, and connected devices within the home such as the Smart Bulb and air conditioners could be set-up to automatically turn off.

Samsung says the smartphone app will be available on Google Play and Samsung apps, as well as its Tizen-powered Gear 2 smartwatches. A separate app for the company's 2014 Smart TVs will launch later this month. The initial launch will be in the U.S. and Korea, with other countries to follow.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow

 
There are 6 comments

vpblaze says:

Sure why not... Already have a Samsung TV, fridge, washer, dryer, tablet, phone... Might as well just control my house and actions with a single app... Hopefully that app doesn't eventually go all SkyNet on me!

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I look forward to the day when my fridge sends me a text reminding me to pick up milk.

"For example, a user can simply say “Good Night” to the TV remote control, and connected devices within the home such as the Smart Bulb and air conditioners could be set-up to automatically turn off."

Or, [shudder], they could push the POWER button on the remote, reach over and flip the switch for the lights as they walked past, and let their already-programmed thermostat set the temperature of the AC to what it's supposed to be. Oh, the humanity!

dflores says:

First world problems. Admittedly though, line of sight can be an issue and controlling a TV, receiver, amplifier(s), and video source from one remote over radio frequency is pretty nice, versus reaching for 4 remotes and walking over to point each at their respective device.

GrayGuy says:

Software has never been Samsungs strong point. Everything feels like a bunch of apps just thrown together. Have you ever tried to use their Kies software to download an update to you phone or tablet? Absolute disaster. I'm still trying to get my Samsung Galaxy Tab to stop constantly rebooting after the last OTA update.

I'm happy with my Robosmart LED Bulbs that do one thing very well - control the lights from my phone without any WiFi, gateways or configuration. I can dim then or set a programmable timer for the lights when I'm away. The iBeacons inside the bulbs can detect when I am near and turn on and off automatically. I don't have to say "Goodnight bulbs!" to turn off the lights.

dflores says:

You can already do the example scenario with a setup like VoxCommando and X10, Insteon, Z-Wave, etc. The problem is that you're required to be technical and host a local server to act as a gateway to the devices. This indicates that any elegant solution Samsung or anyone else comes up will be cloud based, though they could do an appliance like Insteon's SmartLinc, but that would likely only work with a single vendor.

I use iRule with buttons that do those type of sequences. It has worked for me for some time.