Samsung Smart TVs to feature SmartThings IoT tech in 2016

Samsung Smart TVs to feature SmartThings IoT tech in 2016

Samsung on Tuesday announced that its Smart TVs in 2016 will be Internet of Things (IoT) ready through SmartThings platform. The new television models will be showcased at the forthcoming CES 2016.

The IoT enabling SmartThings platform will be integrated within all Samsung’s 2016 Smart TVs that will have SUHD display panels. The new technology will enable the TV models to act as a controller for the smart homes. The TVs will be able to control IoT-enabled Samsung devices and SmartThings sensors in addition to more than 200 other devices that are already compatible with SmartThings platform.

“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,” says Hyun Suk Kim, president of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics, in a press statement.

Samsung Smart TVs with SmartThings IoT technology

Samsung Smart TVs with SmartThings IoT technology

The Smart TV models with SmartThings integration will feature the advanced capabilities to wirelessly direct electronic devices such as connected lights and locks as well as thermostats and cameras. In addition, the Korean giant will provide connectivity option for most of the third-party devices through a SmartThings Extend USB adapter.

SmartThings platform will enable Samsung Smart TVs to let users monitor their home or office premises right from their TV screens. Also, the new technology will enable delivering of motion sensor alerts directly on the TV screen in the form of pop-up notifications. The TVs will also have SmartThings application’s Cinema Mood to enable users to automatically adjust their surroundings, from ambient lighting to surround sound.

Samsung SmartThings

IoT enabling Samsung’s SmartThings devices

Samsung had acquired SmartThings back in August 2014 to step into the emerging world of IoT. The acquisition helped improving Smart TV lineup that presently runs on the company’s own Tizen operating system.

“With Samsung Smart TVs working with the SmartThings technology, we have an opportunity to reach millions of households,” said Alex Hawkinson, CEO and co-founder of SmartThings. “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.”

Samsung’s 2016 SUHD Smart TVs with SmartThings IoT technology will be available sometime in the first half of 2016. Connected functionality and IoT features will not be available worldwide in the initially stage as the platform is yet to be grown globally. Moreover, the company would use the technology on mid-range Smart TV models following its success on the flagship models.

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