We’re excited to announce that the next generation of the Samsung SmartThings Hub, a new lineup of products, and a brand-new app experience is available today.
Our mission has always been to create the easiest way for people to turn their home into a smart home. In fact, we started SmartThings out of a desire to know the answer to a basic but deeply personal question: is everything OK in my home. We believe our latest product evolution delivers on this ambition. Here’s a look at what’s new and improved:
The new Hub has a more powerful processor that enables video monitoring and battery backup that will allow SmartThings to continue to work for up to 10 hours in the case of a power or Internet outage. It also includes a local app engine that makes SmartThings less reliant on the cloud and enables quicker communications.
The Hub has been upgraded with a new 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor, 512MB DDR3 RAM, and 4GB of Flash Memory. It will continue to support ZigBee, Z-Wave, and LAN-connected devices. There are 2 USB ports and a Bluetooth (BLE) radio that will be enabled with a future software update.
Additionally, the new Hub has support for SHP (Samsung’s Smart Home Protocol) which is used by appliances such as refrigerators, laundry machines, and a friggin’ sweet robot vacuum cleaner. SmartThings is the only home automation platform that supports SHP over LAN.
The new collection of sensors is awesome* and includes new versions of the SmartThings Motion Sensor, the SmartThings Multipurpose Sensor (previously Open/Close, Contact, Multi Sensors), and the SmartThings Arrival Sensor (previously Presence Sensor). These new sensors are smaller and have been redesigned with a sleeker, more contemporary look and greater battery life.
These three updated sensors join the SmartThings Power Outlet, the SmartThings Water Leak Sensor (previously Moisture Sensor) , and the new Hub to complete the latest lineup of the SmartThings family.
*Not an actual guarantee
The free SmartThings app has been redesigned with dynamic new features and a simpler, more intuitive experience. The new app includes our overhauled out of box experience which walks each customer through setting up a new Hub and connecting all their devices.
Customers can now organize their Dashboard to monitor and control their connected devices by room. Within each room you can also select a device that can be your hero tile, giving you access to your favorite devices quicker and easier.
One of the core new features of the app experience is Smart Home Monitor—a complete home monitoring and security solution that can be setup to alert you when SmartThings detects unwanted entry, smoke or fire, leaks, or other unexpected activity. With the new Samsung SmartThings Hub and a compatible camera, you can also get instant alerts with accompanying video-clip notifications when these unexpected events occur, or use the app to see live activity in your home.
Multi Attribute Tiles? Yep, thats a thing! These new device tiles allow for information and actions to be displayed on one tile, letting you, the developer, create richer experiences for your custom device type handlers.
The new SmartThings app will be available today for free download on iOS and Android, with Windows, Apple Watch, and Gear S apps to follow.
Thanks to the Cortex-A9 processor, the new Samsung SmartThings Hub now makes native video processing a reality! Using live video streaming and clip recording, you can monitor your home from anywhere.
Video clips are recorded with Smart Home Monitor use a new buffering technique. This allows video capture starting a few moments before an event, and up to two minutes after. Clips can be 30 seconds, 1 minute, or 2 minutes. For your privacy, we only record video when an event happens. And of course, you are in control of these clips once recorded. Clips will automatically be deleted after 30 days. The ability to download your clips is coming in a future release.
Launching right along video is beta support for the Samsung Techwin and D-Link cameras. The Samsung TechWin SNH-P6410BN and D-Link models 5222L, 5029L, DCS-2330L, DCS-2310L, and DCS-2132L are compatible.
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