For IoT developers & enthusiasts, Samsung SmartThings is an amazing open platform for Internet of Things which has managed to see the light of the day all thanks to its seven super talented and enthusiastic co-founders who didn’t take a long time to convert their ambitious idea into a reality.
Samsung grabbed the opportunity to acquire it when it saw that the platform’s potential. The platform had raised $2 million from more than 5,000 backers on Kickstarter in the year 2012. It was acquired by the Samsung group last year.
With SmartThings, you can secure your home for a fraction of the cost of a traditional home security system; stay connected to loved ones wherever you are; save money on energy costs; and control and automate lights, locks, temperature, electronics, and more to create a smart home that automatically reacts to your preferences.
How? It all starts with the SmartThings Hub and the free SmartThings app that’s available for iOS, Android, and Windows.
SmartThings is completely “open”. This means that you can integrate it with hundreds of smart home products from a variety of manufacturers, it’s compatible with lots of popular wireless standards (such as ZigBee, Z-Wave, and more), and that it allows developers to create new ways to use SmartThings that then become available for all customers to use in the free SmartThings app.
The Samsung SmartThings Internet of Things platform is currently compatible with over 200 devices, and the number is increasing at a great pace.
To get started you can get a SmartThings Home Monitoring Kit, which includes the new SmartThings Hub, two Multipurpose Sensors, a Motion Sensor and an Outlet, makes it even easier to transform your home into a smart home. The Kit however is only shipping to US and Canada at the moment and soon be available in other countries.
Leading the charge from the front is Ben Edwards, SmartThings co-founder and VP of Community and Developer Advocacy. He believes that the developer community is an essential part to make the ever expanding ecosystem possible.
“Imagine, a table display pops up that is unique to what I’m interested in because it knows that I am sitting here,” he said. “Across the table in another seat, the display might show something different. Or, maybe there’s not a display at all. But the table knows that I have to catch a certain metro train, so it might notify me that it’s time to leave.”