The concept of having every device in your home interconnected through the use of an Internet of Things platform is gaining increased popularity among manufacturers and now, CES 2016 will show Samsung’s new IoT compatible smart TV. The home automation platform created by the company is named SmartThings.
All of the new SUHD Samsung TVs that will be produced following CES 2016 will have the ability to function as a hub for other smart devices across your home. These devices are connected through a Zigbee or Z-Wave network, similar to a normal wi-fi network and can range from thermostats, cameras, smartphones, lights, appliances to door locks and windows. Every smart device you own will be controllable from a single hub, be it either your phone or your SUHD TV.
By plugging the SmartThings Extend USB device, which will more than likely come prepackaged with the new TVs at no additional cost, because Samsung stated that the product is free, various commands will be made available to the user, with compatibility across 200 devices.
Users can program different routines, for example turning your TV on, opening window shades or lights, or playing your favorite music, once your alarm clock starts ringing. Notifications from cameras or locks will also be sent to the hub in case that any preprogrammed event occurs, for example, someone breaking into your home.
The SmartThings service was purchased by Samsung back in 2014, allowing the company to create IoT hubs from their products. If this will have a major commercial impact, only time will tell. Customer feedback regarding the sustainability of the network, and, more importantly, its safety, will be greatly taken into consideration by Samsung.
If the IoT will function as the company claims it will, users will be able to view everything in their house, ranging from events like running out of tomatoes, seeing who is at your door to notifications from your washing machine when your laundry gets done, right on their TV. Whether the benefits brought by this technology justify the cost of having almost all electronic devices in your house connected to the IoT, it is still unclear.
A major problem will be the compatibility between Samsung’s hub with other brands, seeing how Phillips blocked other smart bulbs from working with their smart light fixture software. This might happen with other brands as well if the companies themselves do not reach an agreement. If the manufacturers in question want to achieve the goal of having a completely controllable house from one hub, they have to create an allegiance between themselves.
Although we know that CES 2016 will show Samsung’s new IoT compatible smart TV, details on what products will have this feature available have, as well as their price, have not yet been released. Most likely, this information will be extensively detailed by Samsung themselves during the show, as well as other companies that are currently attempting to create this Internet of Things network that is slowly turning to be the next best thing in technology, at least from their perspective.