SmartThings unveils its next generation of devices, new app for Gear S

SmartThings unveils its next generation of devices at CES
By Dan Thorp-Lancaster on 6 Jan 2015 05:41 pm

Late last night, at Samsung's CES 2015 keynote, home automation company SmartThings announced its next generation of devices. The announcements included a new Hub with a number of new features, new sensors, and the company's first app for a wearable in the Samsung Gear S.

SmartThings' new Hub integrates a range of new features. From SmartThings:

The new SmartThings Hub adds a number of features aimed at providing users with greater peace of mind, flexibility, and control. The new Hub includes a more powerful processor and local app engine, built-in backup battery power, and expanded cellular connectivity options which enable SmartThings to keep operating in the event of a power or Internet outage. The new Hub also expands connectivity options to include additional protocols such as Bluetooth Smart, providing users with the widest range of devices supported by any smart home platform.

Additionally, SmartThings also announced that it has landed partnerships to better integrate its connected home experience with third parties:

Examples of new third party integrations with the next generation platform include Netgear cameras, Philips Hue, Honeywell thermostats, Chamberlain garage door openers, August locks, and all Samsung smart appliances.

If that weren't enough, the company also officially unveiled its first wearable app, which runs on parent-company Samasung's Gear S, and allows users to control their connected-home devices from their wrist.

Finally, the company also took the wraps off of a new subscription service that will alow users to receive alerts via a text or phone call when a problem is detected at home.

Source: SmartThings (Business Wire)

Press release:

LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)

Today, at the Samsung Electronics Keynote at CES 2015, SmartThings announced the next generation of its products, including a new Hub and sensors, further integrations with third party devices, and a new premium subscription service.

The new SmartThings Hub adds a number of features aimed at providing users with greater peace of mind, flexibility, and control. The new Hub includes a more powerful processor and local app engine, built-in backup battery power, and expanded cellular connectivity options which enable SmartThings to keep operating in the event of a power or Internet outage. The new Hub also expands connectivity options to include additional protocols such as Bluetooth Smart, providing users with the widest range of devices supported by any smart home platform.

SmartThings device integrations continue to rapidly evolve, providing the best range of choice and control for users. Alongside the new Hub, SmartThings is rolling out new 'micro' versions of its core sensors, which are one third the size of its first generation devices. Examples of new third party integrations with the next generation platform include Netgear cameras, Philips Hue, Honeywell thermostats, Chamberlain garage door openers, August locks, and all Samsung smart appliances. SmartThings is also expanding the number of ways that users can connect with and control their homes, with demonstrations of new apps for the Gear S and Samsung Smart TVs.

Coupled with the new Hub, SmartThings is also launching a first-of-its kind premium subscription service, bringing users the option of advanced home monitoring capabilities. This new service enables SmartThings to automatically send users or other designated contacts a text or call when a problem is detected within the home that requires immediate attention, such as a flood or fire. The premium service also includes built-in DVR services for cameras.

"Since SmartThings was acquired by Samsung this past August our platform has seen tremendous growth and innovation. The number of apps and devices created by our community has doubled to more than 10,000 developers and over one million apps installed," said Alex Hawkinson, CEO and founder of SmartThings. "This growth is a testament to the power of openness and we're excited to bring our users the next generation of our platform for enhanced peace of mind, savings, and convenience."

All of this and more will be at the SmartThings Smart Home within the Samsung booth at LVCC (Booth #11906 in Central Hall) where there will be live demonstrations of how to control, monitor, and automate a smart home with these new devices, integrations, and services.

The new SmartThings Hub, sensors, and premium subscription service will be available for purchase nationwide in the U.S. and Canada in April 2015.

For more information, or to purchase SmartThings, visit Shop.SmartThings.com or Amazon.com

About SmartThings

SmartThings is the easiest way to turn a home into a smart home, bringing users peace of mind, savings, and convenience. As an open platform with a thriving ecosystem, SmartThings also brings users freedom of choice in devices and limitless possibilities. Since SmartThings was acquired by Samsung in August 2014, the number of devices and apps created for the platform has doubled, with more than 10,000 developers and over one million installed SmartApps. SmartThings is headquartered in Palo Alto, CA and operates independently as a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics. To purchase SmartThings, visit Shop.SmartThings.com or Amazon.com.

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