SmartThings: Turn any Home into a Smart Home
SmartThings: Turn any Home into a Smart Home
SmartThings: Turn any Home into a Smart Home

SmartThings: Turn any Home into a Smart Home

Sure you've heard of iPhone apps that can automate and control certain things, like turning the lights on and off or changing your home's temperature by remotely increasing or decreasing the air conditioning. Those apps and devices are pretty cool, but they have historically been expensive and limited.

 

The newest project on Kickstarter, is called SmartThings and it's trying to change this trend by becoming the mission and control system for your very own "smart home".


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At launch, the SmartThings device will consist of a main hub (capable of controlling up to 100 Things) that is connected to your router via an ethernet connection and the following core devices that will be available to be placed and controlled throughout your home:

  • Power Outlet - anything that can be plugged in, can be turned on and off
  • Open/Shut Sensor - know if doors, windows or cabinets are open or closed
  • Motion Sensor - detect movement within a room
  • Presence Sensor - know when people and pets come and go
According to its product description, "SmartThings makes it easy to connect the things in your physical world to the Internet. You can monitor, control, automate and have fun with them from anywhere — at home, office, or on the go."

To manage and monitor these physical sensors and actuators SmartThings comes out of the box with a range of creatively named mobile apps like "Oh No, My Pet Is Loose!" and "My Stuff is Secure".

If a developer thinks of a way they would want to make their home just a little bit smarter, they can develop it around the app's framework (The hub is compatible with existing home protocols like Zigbee and Z-Wave). It's a completely open platform and the app developers will provide you with Cloud Platform API and SDK to develop your individual apps including enabling existing Open Hardware projects to be connected to their system via a "ThingShield" and Sketch for Arduino.

 

Find out more about the project at: http://smartthings.com/ or back it on Kickstarter here.

 

Via: minnov8 (Features an audio interview with one of the founders of the project)
Additional Coverage: Technabob.comGigaom.com, Enagadget, Mashable, Metropolis