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SAN FRANCISCO — Samsung Electronics announced today that every new connected Samsung device will tie into the company’s smart home environment, which is being built on the SmartThings platform and the Tizen operating system.
Samsung is opening the platform to developers, who can now create apps that utilize sensors and devices in the phone. In one of the apps demonstrated here at the Samsung Tomorrow developers conference, the sound of angry dogs barking flowed from the Sonos home audio system when sensors in the home detected someone who wasn’t supposed to be there.
The SmartThings platform consists of five major parts, according to SmartThings CEO Alex Hawkinson. These include a central connection hub, in-home devices like Sonos sound systems and sensors, a place in the cloud where developers’ smart home apps live, connected consumer devices like Jawbone wearables, and finally a master app for controlling it all.
The master app contains a setup section and a dashboard that monitors all apps and devices in the home. It also makes it possible for the user to instantly respond to things the sensors pick up.
Samsung believes that 20 million U.S. homes will have smart home devices by 2017.
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