Smart Home aims to connect all your devices, appliances with a single app and a new protocol
Samsung has long been entrenched in the smartphone and tablet space. It's begun its push into wearables with the Galaxy Gear. And this week at CES, Samsung is inviting itself into your home.
The new Samsung Smart Home aims to consolidate all your connected home appliances — yes, refrigerators, ovens, TVs ... whatever you've got — with one app, and one protocol to rule them all. And it intends to do so with a three-tiered process:
Device Control uses your mobile devices — phones, tablets or smartwatch — as well as a smart TV to control your home devices. Think lighting and air conditioning, Samsung says. If you're going out for the night, tell your phone (or watch — Samsung's pushing the Galaxy Gear hard in this initiative) "Going out," the lights will dim, and the temperature adjust accordingly. Or say "Good night" to turn everything off. And this will work anywhere, from any device.
Home View will let you peek in on your home through any connected cameras.
And Smart Customer Service lets you know when it's time to have your connected appliances serviced.
To get everything talking together, Samsung's rolling out its Smart Home Software Protocol (SHP for short) that'll let all your Samsung devices play nice. Samsung also says it'll open it up to other manufacturers, too. Whether they choose to do so is another matter.
Samsung's going to start with smart TVs and phones, and run with it from there. We'll get a better look this week at CES is Las Vegas. Be sure to swing by our CESlive hub for all the latest.