Samsung is opening its smart home platform to third parties

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Home automation is a trend that’s catching on these days. Manufacturers and developers are creating hardware and software which bring control for connected objects to a user’s smartphone, tablet or wearable device. Samsung has come up with several products under its Smart Home program and now its looking towards an expansion which will include technology from third party partners. Samsung says that the new range of products and services have been designed to “increase home safety, improve energy management, adapt to in-home location.” Moreover they’ll also allow users to control all of the connected device through voice, so turning off a light bulb becomes as easy as simply saying it out loud.

Samsung is plotting an expansion to its Smart Home platform, opening up the service to make it work with third-party technology. Ahead of IFA 2014, a major tech trade show that kicks off this week in Berlin, the South Korean smartphone-maker says you’ll be able to activate air conditioners, robot vacuum cleaners and smart LED lightbulbs via its S Voice voice-recognition tech on your Galaxy smartphone, or Samsung smartwatch. Smart Home is Samsung’s attempt at taking control of your house — and everything in it — connecting all your tech on a single network, making it theoretically simpler for you to control your appliances. With Apple revealing its HomeKit technology earlier this year, there’s plenty of focus on how tech will infiltrate our homesteads — and Samsung doesn’t want us to forget that its also in the mix. Several weeks ago Samsung acquired open smart-home platform SmartThings, and in July became part of Thread, a consortium of companies aimed at creating standards for connected device technology. Unfortunately, however, Samsung hasn’t mentioned any specific third-party products or services that are going to be added to its Smart Home portfolio, instead making reference to futuristic scenarios like locking your door and monitoring security cameras from your smartphone, checking how much electricity is being used by your appliances, or using geolocation to turn on your lights and air-con.

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