04
Jan
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Getting in some early news, Samsung has - as part of CES 2014 - announced its new Samsung Smart Home service, a means by which users will be able to control all their connected home appliances (from refrigerators to air conditioners to smart light bulbs) through a single app on their compatible smartphone, tablet, smart TV, or wearable device.

To start, the service will cover three main areas, which Samsung identifies as Device Control, Home View, and Smart Customer Service.

Device Control, as you might guess, allows users to control home devices using a mobile device remotely. The feature also allows for voice commands so if, for example, you're going to bed, you could tell your smart TV "good night," and it would know to turn off and tell the lights to dim gradually.

Home View will give users a peek inside their own home with "in-built appliance cameras," while Smart Customer Service will notify you "when it's time to service appliances or replace consumables."

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What is perhaps more interesting than Samsung's initial offering - which will roll out across Samsung's own devices and appliances "in the first half of 2014" - is that the manufacturer has developed a "Smart Home software protocol" that will allow other device and appliance manufacturers to gain compatibility with the system.

Exactly who will jump on board with the protocol remains to be seen, and Samsung notes that "initial deployment" of the service will cover a range of Samsung Smart TVs, home appliances, and smartphones, with support for more products and third-party manufacturers coming later.

Samsung also notes in its release that it plans to expand the service to home-energy, secure home access, healthcare, and "eco home applications" through unspecified third-party partners. For the full announcement, hit the link below.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow

Liam Spradlin
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  • Tuấn Ankh

    This is interesting.
    I guess I won't be able to afford this though. I don't even have a robot vacuum, lol.

  • John Moore

    This is really exciting, but it's a bit odd that you didn't mention LG's announcement of textable home appliances.

    Samsung's idea is definitely a lot more ambitious than LG's at the moment, but it'll be interesting to see how the two occupy the space of top innovators in smart appliances.

    • NemaCystX

      Top innovators in smart appliances? have you seen the Thermador CIT36XKB induction cooktop?

      I do like Samsung's refrigerators but I have yet to see any good smart fridge that is more than just a Novelty extra feature.

      Did Sammy announce any new appliances besides this new Home View thing?

  • Standards

    'the manufacturer has developed a "Smart Home software protocol"'

    http://xkcd.com/927/

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      Unfortunate, but probably a strip that will be proven correct yet again.

    • anon

      most company don't work for advancement of technology, they only care about their patents.

      • anon

        companies*

    • Casin

      I feel like Samsung is more going the Apple route here, kind of like AirPlay. It's a proprietary protocol made by Samsung not consortium and it'll let other devices latch on. If this works well I'd be happy. But I'm not sure I can handle Touchwiz on the fridge.

  • Lookatthemonkeys

    I am excited about the whole "smart home movement" but I will be weary of any products that are not open sourced for both security reasons and also so I will not have to be locked into a certain propetary format.

    • faraday cage

      Open source or it won't happen. I don't want NSA to spy me when I'm in toilet.

      • http://musephotos.wordpress.com/ GarySFBCN

        Too late.

  • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

    Appliances with built in cameras?! That sounds like a security nightmare just waiting to happen, I do like Samsung - but I am not sure I would trust them to keep something as home control - which will no doubt be accessible to users - OUTSIDE the home, otherwise it's usefulness drops, but control outside the home means accessible online - and that's when we start to worry about the safeguards in place. At the very least - this needs something like 2 Step Authentication.

  • mgamerz

    Oh boy, more touchwiz stuff most people will likely never use...
    I understand using it if it's a separate app, but you can bet this will be stuffed into touchwiz.

  • nobrainer

    Can't wait to be monitored in each and every corner of my home and

    • nobrainer

      transmit the data to Samsung, manifactures, anyone who built in a backdoor

  • http://404err0r.com/ Henry Park

    We all know that this is only going to really work if you live in Korea so why bother reporting it :P

    And I think Samsung forgot their robot vacuums in their mix of "smart" appliances.

  • Yann

    Android@Home, it's now or never!

  • Dmitri Smirnov

    Can't see any usefullness of cloud-based server, except for vendor lock-in, spying on users and other means of screwing with people, while getting paid for it.
    A small home-based server would make much more sense and a lot more confidence in it's security, then some mistery server in Samsungs data-centers.

  • jordonvuz355

    My Uncle Jacob got a year 2013 Audi TT RS
    Coupe by working part time online. imp source B­i­g­2­9­.­ℂ­o­m

  • shimmer

    Cloud based server? What could possibly go wrong?

  • Marcell Lévai

    Now we can have our homes with... TOUCHWIZ! ;)

  • smeddy

    Things like this have to be open-source. It's one thing to buy into an eco-system on your phone, another thing to buy into an eco-system for your home...
    But yes, give me Android-running appliances anytime. Just not manufacturer-specific.