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Samsung Smart Home Aims to Connect Your Entire House to Your Phone

by Sean P. Aune | April 3, 2014April 3, 2014 1:00 am PDT

Samsung Smart Home Service

Samsung is going to attempt to put control of all the electronics in your house in the palm of your hand with its new Smart Home Service.

Since the 1950s futurists have envisioned smart homes that could be controlled from panels in your home, but very few have ever gotten to enjoy such luxury beyond the super rich. Samsung is looking to change all of that with its new Smart Home Service.

From light bulbs to your washer & dryer, the new Smart Home will allow you to control that various compatible appliances from devices running Android 4.0 and above. This new service will allow you to control the items in your home from wherever you are. Want to start that load of laundry you put in the washer while you’re at work? You can do that. Want to turn off the majority of your house by simply saying “Good Night?” You can do that as well.

“We are excited that the launch of Samsung Smart Home makes the connected home a reality today and allows our customers to live a smarter life,” said Dr. WonPyo Hong, President and head of the Media Solution Center at Samsung Electronics. “Samsung Smart Home lets people live better, worry less and be smarter with their devices and appliances. We also have grand plans to enhance more and more parts of the home experience, especially with a view of expanding it to areas with high growth potential such as home safety and energy management.”

Further down the launch path, Samsung will also be bringing controls to the Gear 2 smartwatch so you will be able to control aspects of your home right from your wrist. The future has truly arrived.

Samsung will be announcing more and more compatible products through out the year for both Korea and the U.S. with more countries to be announced later.

Samsung Smart Home Becomes Reality, Set To Transform Everyday Life

Connect mobile devices, appliances, TVs and wearables from one integrated app

Samsung Electronics announced the official global launch of its Samsung Smart Home service. The service will first be rolled out in Korea and the United States, with more countries around the world added throughout the year. The service makes home automation effortless and easy, with a single app that makes it possible to connect and control home appliances, TVs and mobile devices.

“We are excited that the launch of Samsung Smart Home makes the connected home a reality today and allows our customers to live a smarter life,” said Dr. WonPyo Hong, President and head of the Media Solution Center at Samsung Electronics. “Samsung Smart Home lets people live better, worry less and be smarter with their devices and appliances. We also have grand plans to enhance more and more parts of the home experience, especially with a view of expanding it to areas with high growth potential such as home safety and energy management.”

With the Samsung Smart Home app, people can control multiple devices simultaneously. For example, a user can simply say “Good Night” to the TV remote control, and connected devices within the home such as the Smart Bulb and air conditioners could be set-up to automatically turn off.

Whether at home, at work, or out and about, people can use the app on their smartphone or wearable device to check the status of home appliances; for example, they can fully control the washer and select the correct wash settings for the laundry to be ready just when they arrive at home.

All data that is transmitted by the app is encrypted for increased security. This ensures that the people can enjoy the service safe in the knowledge their data remains private.

Users register for the Samsung Smart Home app with their Samsung Account. For smart phones, the app can be downloaded from Samsung Apps and Google Play. A separate app will soon be available for Samsung Gear 2 powered by Tizen and the app for Samsung’s 2014 Smart TV models will be available in April.

Through the app, users can add and manage all compatible devices and appliances that are connected to the wireless home network. Once a device has been added to the Smart Home app, it can be set up with just a few steps using the app’s intuitive, easy-to-navigate user interface.

Samsung Electronics plans to expand its service line-up to other smart products, including the Smart Bulb as well as robot vacuum cleaners and the Samsung Gear Fit.

Note to Readers:

  • Each country and market has its own line-up and release schedule for products that work with the Samsung Smart service.
  • In Korea, the line-up for the launch of the service includes the 2014 air conditioner model (Q9000), washer (Bubbleshot 3 W9000), all 2014 Smart TV models, Samsung Gear 2 and smart phones that have operating systems above Android 4.0, such as the GalaxyS5.
  • In the United States, products compatible with the service include the Samsung Smart French Door Refrigerator, the Samsung Smart Front Loading Washing Machine, all 2014 Smart TV models, Samsung Gear 2 and smart phones that have operating systems above Android 4.0, such as the GalaxyS5.
  • Smart Bulb and Smart Ovens will be added to the service in the second half of this year, including the functionality for “good night” voice recognition.

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...

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