Samsung Unleashes New SmartThings Products for Connected Home Beginners
Samsung released a trio of entry-level, connected home products today consisting of the new SmartThings Cam ($89.99), SmartThings WiFi Smart Plug ($17.99), and SmartThings Smart Bulb ($9.99). Coming in well under Amazon’s Cloud Cam and Nest Cam’s price point, the SmartThings lineup was created to provide homeowners with premium home security that wouldn’t break the bank. Even the Cam and Smart Plug won’t require you to purchase Samsung’s SmartThings Hub—which currently retails for $70—making it ideal smart home newbies.
“We want to help families keep their connected lives simple and seamless using SmartThings to bring together hundreds of popular smart home products in one platform,” said SK Kim, Senior Director, IoT Product Marketing at Samsung Electronics America. “Our new SmartThings Cam, Wifi Smart Plug and Smart Bulb create new pathways into our smart home platform, where users will discover how everyday tasks can easily be automated.”
The SmartThings Cam offers day and night protection using a Full HD (1080p) 145-degree, wide-angle camera. Users can set activity zones that can be monitored from anywhere using the SmartThings app. The Cam’s advanced object detection is able to differentiate between people, pets, and cars to provide homeowners with the most relevant updates. When an alert calls for a users attention, they can easily communicate with the other end by using the two-way audio directly from their smartphone.