Samsung Unveils Smart Home Starter Kit

Samsung Unveils Smart Home Starter Kit
New entry-level smart devices allow people to try home automation at minimal cost.

(CCM) — Samsung has launched three new entry–level smart home gadgets to give home automation debutants experience with its SmartThing range of connected devices, The Verge is reporting.

The new items include the SmartThings Cam, priced at $89.99, a SmartThings Wi-Fi smart plug, priced at $17.99, and a SmartThings smart bulb priced at just $9.99. All three work with Amazon's Alexa, Google Assistant, and Samsung's Bixby intelligent assistant. The Cam and the smart plug work by themselves, while the smart bulb requires a SmartThings hub for connectivity.

All three products have been priced very aggressively compared to competing products: for example, the Cam costs significantly less than the Nest Cam or Amazon’s Cloud Cam, while still offering full HD video with HDR, IR for night vision, two-way audio, person detection, and a 145-degree field of view.

It also includes 24-hour cloud storage at no additional charge, while a 30-day backup (for up to eight cameras) costs $7.99 per month or $79.99 per year.

Samsung's SmartThings platform works with over 600 devices from 60 different companies, according to the report. SmartThings launched in 2012 as an independent company before being acquired by Samsung in 2014.

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