2016 Samsung Smart TVs will be able to control your home
Samsung Electronics has announced that its entire 2016 Smart TV line-up will be Internet of Things (IoT) ready and connected with the SmartThings platform. SmartThings is an open platform that allows users to connect, manage and control smart devices and IoT services.
“The 2016 line-up of Smart TVs will offer consumers new possibilities and cement Samsung’s market leading position, as the first company to launch IoT ready TVs,” Hyun Suk Kim, President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics, said in a statement.
“With Samsung Smart TVs working with the SmartThings technology, we have an opportunity to reach millions of households,” Alex Hawkinson, CEO and Co-founder of SmartThings, also said in a statement. “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.”
Among the 2016 Smart TVs, all of Samsung’s 2016 SUHD TVs will apply IoT hub technology, allowing the TV to act as a single smart home controller. Samsung has developed its own IoT hub technology with SmartThings for 2016 SUHD TVs.
SUHD TVs can connect with and control Samsung devices and SmartThings sensors, as well as over 200 other SmartThings compatible devices. These include connected devices like lights, locks, thermostats and cameras.
The SmartThings application’s Cinema Mood enables consumers to automatically adjust things like ambient lighting and surround sound. For the full support of connectivity with SmartThings compatible devices, SmartThings Extend USB adaptor is required.
While each 2016 SUHD TV will be enabled with SmartThings technology, the functionality will be activated regionally as SmartThings expands its platform availability.