Samsung To Show Off Smart Home App

Samsung TV PixSamsung has announced a system to link together a household’s various gadgets, appliances, and utility controls.

It said one way the Smart Home service could be used would be to turn off a home’s lights and TV if the owner said “going out” into a smartwatch app.

Samsung said the service would initially be limited to its own products, but added it planned to support third parties’ devices in time.

The South Korean firm will show off the technology at its booth at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) when it opens in Las Vegas today,

Other companies are expected to demonstrate competing visions at the event.

Archos has already said it will show off an Android-powered Smart Home Tablet designed to control and access information from other connected devices.

LG will also show off its HomeChat system, announced last year, which allows owners to control devices by sending them SMS-based text messages.

Samsung said its new service would initially offer three features:

Device Control: Devices including air conditioners and lights can be turned on and off via a smart device app. This can be done whether the user is at home or elsewhere, and includes support for voice commands that can also be spoken into its new TV remote controls.

Home View: Cameras built into TVs and other appliances can be used to provide real-time video feeds to a user’s smartphone, allowing them to keep an eye on their property when out.

Customer service: Appliances will notify the app if a part needs to be cleaned or replaced, for example sending an alert if a fridge light burns out or if a washing machine filter is clogged.

The firm said its Smart Home app would initially run on selected Samsung TVs, smartphones, tablets and its Galaxy Gear smartwatch.

It will work by sending messages to remote computer servers that in turn send data to Samsung’s range of internet connected air conditioners, refrigerators, washing machines, robot vacuum cleaners, LED lights and digital cameras.

The company added that it intended to expand the platform to support healthcare products, door locks and unspecified “eco-home applications” at a later date, and would also release a software protocol to enable other device-makers to link up their machines.—BBC

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