3 New Samsung SmartThings Products
The technology giant Samsung, known for everything from smartphones to home appliances, recently announced a few fairly affordable new additions to its SmartThings line of home automation accessories: a security camera, a wall outlet and light bulbs. Safety.com has the scoop on what’s new.
The Samsung SmartThings cam retails for $89.99. According to Samsung, it has smart motion detection that can differentiate between people, objects and pets so that users will experience fewer false alarms. It has a 145-degree wide angle view, so it will cover a larger area than many of its competitors. You can even set activity zones to tell the camera to pay closer attention to specific areas. Other features include night vision, two-way audio and 1080 HD video quality. Compare it to other top cameras by checking out our Best Home Security Cameras page.
Next, the SmartThings WiFi Smart Plug allows you to control a standard “dumb” appliance (that is, one that’s not Wi-Fi connected) using your smartphone, voice control or smart home hub. It supports Bixby, Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. At $17.99, it’s more affordable than some other smart plugs, and since it supports more voice control features and it doesn’t require a hub, it should also be easier to use. If it proves to be as good as it seems, you’ll likely see it added to our Best Smart Plugs page in the future.
Finally, the new SmartThings Smart Bulb ($9.99 each) represents another affordable option for turning your home into a smart home, one accessory at a time. Control it via smartphone app, voice control (Bixby, Google Assistant or Alexa) or a SmartThings hub. In terms of everyday convenience, utility savings, and home security, light bulbs might be one of our favorite smart appliances.
Perks of Samsung SmartThings
Until this point, the SmartThings hub has been one of our favorite Samsung smart accessories. It’s one of the best and most robust smart home hubs for connecting smart devices across brands, thanks to its Zigbee, Z-wave and Wi-Fi support.
But even though the new devices bear the SmartThings name, you don’t actually need the SmartThings hub to use all of them. Of the new items, the smart bulb is the only one that requires a hub, which is good news for anyone looking to mindfully add a few key smart accessories to their living spaces without putting together an overly complicated system. Either way, if you do use the SmartThings hub, you will have more advanced options for programming your smart home accessories.
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