Celebrating 10 Years of SmartThings

This month marks the tenth anniversary of SmartThings as an organization. By way of our journey, we have now laid the muse for the following era of the good residence, and we have now made important shifts all for the advantage of our customers. 

For the reason that early days, our aim of constructing a platform that each human being can use – and making each residence a wise residence – has remained the identical. We’re pushed by the thought of accelerating IoT adoption for everybody and serving to shoppers internationally notice the advantages of a seamless and easy linked life. 

Trying Again the Progress We’ve Made 

Years in the past, the thought of a wise residence was extra of a novelty than a actuality. In 2011, Alex Hawkinson developed the thought for SmartThings after his household’s home in Colorado was extensively broken from an influence outage, inflicting tens of hundreds in repairs. Whereas the thought of a “good residence” was depicted in motion pictures and TV exhibits, there was no actual answer that might give shoppers an correct depiction of what was happening inside their residence. 

This was the idea of the corporate’s Kickstarter in 2012. The marketing campaign acquired over $1.2 million from 5,700 backers, on account 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 good residence know-how, demonstrating that information about how individuals reside and what they do have the ability 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 good residence automation house, and we launched our first line of economic merchandise at CES in 2014. 

The chance to convey SmartThings’ imaginative and prescient to tons of of tens of millions 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 not a pipe dream – it was solely a matter of time. 

Transferring Towards Mass Good Dwelling Adoption 

Pushed by the aim of reaching mass good residence adoption by way of a unified and clever residence expertise, we innovated from a single line of economic merchandise into one of many largest built-in ecosystems. 

At the moment, SmartThings works with tons of of appropriate gadgets, together with lights, cameras, voice assistants, locks, thermostats and extra, by way of partnerships with main manufacturers like Amazon, Honeywell, Arlo, and Google Dwelling Assistant. The corporate has additionally introduced the groundbreaking good residence interoperability customary, Matter, into the SmartThings ecosystem. 

In simply ten years, we have now risen to change into essentially the most sturdy good residence IoT platform available in the market. We’re proud that SmartThings now has:    

  • 200+ international companions and the flexibility to combine with hundreds of gadgets 
  • 800+ gifted staff throughout Samsung who’re devoted to SmartThings
  • 15 classes of supported gadgets, from voice assistants to window therapy and extra
  • 9 add-on companies within the SmartThings’ app immediately, together with Air Care, Clothes Care, Cooking, Vitality, Dwelling Care, Pet Care, Good Lock Visitor Entry, Discover, and Dwelling Monitor 
  • 4.5 stars score within the Google Play Retailer and a 4.3 score within the iOS App Retailer 

Trying again on all that we have now completed, we’re grateful to our fantastic companions and builders. Good issues occur when gadgets speak to 1 one other, and with out our robust partnerships, creating significant connecting residing experiences wouldn’t be doable.

As we proceed the trail towards mass good 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 convey good properties to life by supporting all their huge life moments. We’re excited in regards to the future and the chance to make good residence residing the norm for shoppers within the subsequent ten years and past.

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