Samsung expands SmartThings ecosystem with affordable smart camera, plug, and bulb

Samsung expands SmartThings ecosystem with affordable smart camera, plug, and bulb

The SmartThings Cam can capture 145 degrees in a resolution of 1080p, with the wider view also affording better picture quality and more detail in video using HDR technology.

The SmartThings Cam costs $90 and doesn't need a SmartThings Hub.

The centerpiece of today's announcement is the $89.99 SmartThings Cam, which the company says combines clear detail in full HD, High Dynamic Range wide-angle video with advanced object detection - and which can also detect motion fairly quickly.

With SmartThings Cam, families can easily see home from anywhere using the SmartThings app and receive notifications that intuitively distinguish between people and the motion of pets or a passing vehicle. There's also support for activity zones, within which specific movement will trigger an alert.

Samsung on Monday introduced a new indoor security camera for the home. In addition, it has two-way audio, so you can talk to a housemate or your pets through the app even when you're not home.

The most interesting bit is that the camera works without the SmartThings Hub as well.

"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". This will enable you to dim the lights automatically when movie nights begin, or the lights to turn on automatically when the door is opened.

The SmartThings Cam comes with 24-hour cloud storage backup for up to four cameras for free.

Alternatively, there's a premium 30-day cloud storage plan, which is priced at $7.99 per month or $79.99 per year.

Rounding out the trio of SmartThings additions is the SmartThings Smart Bulb. These products join the full line of completely redesigned SmartThings Hub and sensors, which launched a year ago.

The good news is that, according to Samsung, you don't even need a Samsung SmartThings hub for the SmartThings Cam - it works without any additional hardware.

The SmartThings Smart Bulb is the smarter and cost saving way to light a home offering personalization with warm, white light that can be dimmed and controlled with a voice assistant. The connected smart home gadgets work within the SmartThings ecosystem and are positioned for new smart home converts.

The Wi-Fi Smart Plug allows you to make almost any small appliance or electronic device smart.

While the Samsung SmartThings Smart Bulb seems to be a shot across the bow of smart bulb competitors Sengled, Philips and LIFX, it's the SmartThings Cam and SmartThings Wifi Smart Plug that pose the biggest threat to Amazon.



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