Samsung launching Internet of Things (IoT) ready smart TVs in 2016

Samsung is rolling out a new lineup of smart TVs that will be ready for its Internet of Things (IoT) platform called ‘SmartThings’.

According to the South-Korean tech giant, the televisions will be able to control Samsung devices and SmartThings sensors, as well as 200 other SmartThings compatible devices – a full list of compatible devices can be found here.

SmartThings is an open platform that allows users to connect, manage and control smart devices and IoT services, ranging from connected lights and locks to thermostats and cameras, from a wide range of high quality third party manufacturers.


IoT ready TV running ‘SmartThings’.

Any home can become a smart home by adding connected “things.” By placing these smart bulbs, locks, cameras, and other “things” in your home, users will be able to monitor and control them using the SmartThings application.

For example, an outdoor camera connected to a Samsung Smart TV would allow users to check when visitors arrive and choose to open their front door, directly from their sofa. Motion sensor alerts can also pop-up directly on the TV screen, if movement outside the home is picked up.

“The 2016 line-up of Smart TVs will offer consumers new possibilities and cement Samsung’s market leading position, as the first company to launch IoT ready TVs.” said Hyun Suk Kim, President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics.

“With Samsung Smart TVs working with the SmartThings technology, we have an opportunity to reach millions of households,” said Alex Hawkinson, CEO and Co-founder of SmartThings. “Applying this technology into current household devices is a major step forwards that will make it much easier for everyone to experience the benefits of a smart home.”