If you pick up a Samsung Smart TV this year, you'll be certain to find "Linux Inside" in many ways. Samsung continues to build on its Tizen-powered Smart TV UI, which this year it will enhance with integrated SmartThings IoT hub technology, enabling the TV as the control center for a smart home. Samsung's SUHD TVs for 2016 will enable users to connect with, control and monitor hundreds of other compatible devices including lights, locks, thermostats, cameras, speakers, appliances, sensors and the like.
This world of devices is enabled via the SmartThings Extend USB adapter, which plugs directly in to the TV, enabling the monitoring and controlling of ZigBee and Z-Wave devices. The SmartThings SUHD application will allow users to trigger SmartThings Routines, receive notifications and observe what's happening in and around the home with compatible cameras and control connected devices. This integration of the SmartThings functionality eliminates the need to obtain Samsung's existing SmartThings Home Monitoring Kit.
James Gray is Products Editor for Linux Journal.
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