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April 3, 2014updated 22 Sep 2016 11:15am

Five things you need to know about Samsung’s Smart Home service

Samsung is rolling out the service in Korea and the US.

By Amy-Jo Crowley

Samsung introduced its smart home system at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in January 2004 and this week it is rolling it out in Korea and the US.

CBR tells you five things you need to know about it.

1. How does it work?

The system uses a single app that home owners can access to control Samsung-branded appliances using their smartphone, TV remote control, tablets or smartwatches.

For example, voice commands could be used to turn off lights or a television set, and in return they could send alerts to owners if they need servicing.

The system also connects to cameras in fridges, a vacuum cleaner and dishwashers among other devices, allowing users to keep an eye on their homes when they’re away. For example, users can automatically control the washing machine to have their clothes ready when they get home.

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Samsung said users will be able to control multiple devices simultaneously.

Dr. Won Pyo, president and head of Media at Samsung Electronics, said: "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."

2. What devices are already connected?

In Korea, the app will work on all of Samsung’s smart TV devices released this year, the Bubbleshot 3W9000 washing machines, the Gear 2, the Q9000 air conditioner and smartphones that run Android 4.0.

Samsung’s Smart French Door refrigerator, Smart Front Loading Washing Machine, the TV sets and the Gear 2 will be available in the US.

Later in the year, Samsung plans to expand its line up to include the Smart Bulb, Gear Fit, Smart Ovens and other products.

 

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