This month marks the tenth anniversary of SmartThings as an organization. Via our journey, we have now laid the muse for the subsequent technology of the sensible residence, and we have now made vital shifts all for the good thing about our customers.
For the reason that early days, our purpose of creating a platform that each human being can use – and making each residence a wise residence – has remained the identical. We’re pushed by the concept of accelerating IoT adoption for everybody and serving to shoppers internationally understand the advantages of a seamless and easy linked life.
Trying Again the Progress We’ve Made
Years in the past, the concept of a wise residence was extra of a novelty than a actuality. In 2011, Alex Hawkinson developed the concept for SmartThings after his household’s home in Colorado was extensively broken from an influence outage, inflicting tens of 1000’s in repairs. Whereas the concept of a “sensible residence” was depicted in films and TV reveals, there was no actual answer that might give shoppers an correct depiction of what was occurring inside their residence.
This was the premise of the corporate’s Kickstarter in 2012. The marketing campaign acquired over $1.2 million from 5,700 backers, because of a easy concept: including intelligence to on a regular basis issues would make life extra superior. The corporate was dedicated to altering the mindset about sensible residence know-how, demonstrating that knowledge about how individuals reside and what they do have the facility to unravel on a regular basis issues.
This caught on, and others started taking discover. In 2013, Wired highlighted SmartThings as a key chief within the rising sensible residence automation area, and we launched our first line of business merchandise at CES in 2014.
The chance to deliver SmartThings’ imaginative and prescient to a whole lot of thousands and thousands of consumers really got here to life when Samsung acquired SmartThings in August 2014 to speed up its linked equipment technique. With the backing of Samsung, making each residence a wise residence was now not a pipe dream – it was solely a matter of time.
Shifting Towards Mass Good Dwelling Adoption
Pushed by the purpose of reaching mass sensible residence adoption by a unified and clever residence expertise, we innovated from a single line of business merchandise into one of many largest built-in ecosystems.
In the present day, SmartThings works with a whole lot of appropriate gadgets, together with lights, cameras, voice assistants, locks, thermostats and extra, by partnerships with main manufacturers like Amazon, Honeywell, Arlo, and Google Dwelling Assistant. The corporate has additionally introduced the groundbreaking sensible residence interoperability customary, Matter, into the SmartThings ecosystem.
In simply ten years, we have now risen to turn out to be probably the most sturdy sensible residence IoT platform available in the market. We’re proud that SmartThings now has:
- 200+ international companions and the flexibility to combine with 1000’s of gadgets
- 800+ gifted workers throughout Samsung who’re devoted to SmartThings
- 15 classes of supported gadgets, from voice assistants to window remedy and extra
- 9 add-on companies within the SmartThings’ app at the moment, together with Air Care, Clothes Care, Cooking, Power, Dwelling Care, Pet Care, Good Lock Visitor Entry, Discover, and Dwelling Monitor
- 4.5 stars ranking within the Google Play Retailer and a 4.3 ranking within the iOS App Retailer
Trying again on all that we have now completed, we’re grateful to our great companions and builders. Good issues occur when gadgets speak to at least one one other, and with out our robust partnerships, creating significant connecting residing experiences wouldn’t be potential.
As we proceed the trail towards mass sensible residence adoption, we’re centered on creating experiences with shoppers on the heart. Whereas options like SmartThings allow a extra linked residing expertise, shoppers are on the coronary heart of our enterprise – those who deliver sensible houses to life by supporting all their large life moments. We’re excited in regards to the future and the chance to make sensible residence residing the norm for shoppers within the subsequent ten years and past.