Today is one of those days — one of those exceedingly rare days — where I want to break every single thing I own that has a battery or is plugged into the wall into thousands of pieces. My wireless phone service is screwed up on an account level, my Logitech Harmony remotes aren’t working (when they work, they’re cool, but they should hire new engineers and software developers because it’s an embarrassment to mankind), my 27-inch iMac’s tilt hinge just broke, my home’s SmartThings hub is acting up because I have like 100 devices and automated lights aren’t working, and the list goes on and on. More →
Apple’s HomeKit might be a great foundation for smart homes… some day. Right now, there just aren’t enough compatible products to make Apple’s solution worthwhile. Meanwhile, Apple’s top rival Samsung recently acquired SmartThings, which is easily one of the best and most versatile smart home solutions out there. It works with more smart home devices than you would ever believe, and the SmartThings Hub — the brains of the operation — costs just $99. It’s also the #2 item on Amazon’s list of best-selling home automation controllers.
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Samsung is known to dabble in any and every area it possibly can in an effort to find the next big thing. But the company’s actual “next big thing” may have been born outside of Samsung’s walls. According to a report from Techcrunch, Samsung is currently in talks to acquire smart home startup SmartThings for somewhere in the neighborhood of $200 million. That may sound like a lot for a company that began on Kickstarter not long ago, but it’s a bargain for the company SmartThings has become. More →
The entire home automation industry is about to be upended by startups. Companies that are starting out small have a clear and concise vision: one in which your home and the many things in it can all communicate and work seamlessly with each other.
I have been looking for the perfect way to automate a room, a whole floor, and an entire house for the past ten years and have consistently been disappointed. Disappointed with the integration, the cost, the flexibility, and the ease of use. More →