SmartThings + Smart TVSamsung Electronics revealed late Monday that its entire 2016 Smart TV line-up will be able to connect to its SmartThings platform, enabling control of connected smart home automation devices through a single user interface on the TV screen.

Samsung’s smart TV operating system was designed to be Internet of Things (IoT) ready for easy connectivity and interoperability with other online services and systems. Samsung described SmartThings as an open platform that allows users to connect, manage and control smart IoT devices and systems.

Among the Samsung TVs planned to be announced at CES 2016 next week, all new SUHD TVs will apply IoT hub technology, allowing the TV to act as the controller for the entire smart home. Samsung said it developed its own IoT hub technology with SmartThings for 2016 SUHD TVs.

More on Samsung’s IoT smart TVs after the jump:

The company said its SUHD TVs can connect with and control Samsung devices and SmartThings sensors, as well as more than 200 other SmartThings compatible devices from a wide range of third-party manufactures. These devices include connected lights and locks, smart thermostats and IP cameras, among other things.

A USB “SmartThings Extend” thumb drive adapter will be required for the full support of connectivity with compatible devices, Samsung said. Samsung added that it plans to gradually roll out the SmartThings functionality in 2016 SUHD TVs regionally “as SmartThings expands its platform availability.”

The company plans to make “the future of TV” through the expanding IoT ecosystem a central theme of its CES 2016 demonstrations and announcements.

“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.” stated Hyun Suk Kim, Samsung Electronics Visual Display Business president.

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SmartThings allows consumers to access all of their smart devices directly from their smartphone and SUHD TV using a single user interface, rather than having to control individual devices with numerous separate apps.

Among the feature benefits of the technology will be the ability to see on the TV screen someone at the front door, using a connected outdoor camera. Additionally, motion sensor alerts can also pop-up directly on the TV screen whenever movement is detected outside the house.

For home theater enthusiasts, the SmartThings application’s Cinema Mood can easily create a home theater environment by automatically adjusting ambient lighting, and adjusting surround sound settings.

More details are expected to come from Samsung’s CES 2016 press conference on Jan. 5th.

By Greg Tarr


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