SmartThings is Samsung’s smart home platform, which simply lets you control all of the connected devices in your home. With it, you can set your home’s thermostats, keep watch from security cameras and video doorbells, automate lighting from connected bulbs and switches, and track your backyard’s sprinkler system—all from one app. See our list of 5 Best Samsung SmartThings-Compatible Devices For Your Smart Home:
1. Arlo Pro 2 Smart Camera VMC4030P:
This smart camera provides brilliant video quality and it guarantees lots of smart features, including a siren, voice control via Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, a rechargeable battery, and a rolling seven days of free storage for motion. The Pro 2 also receives a decent data security score, meaning it will cope very well against hackers.
2. Nest Hello Video Doorbell:
This is one of the best doorbells to buy right now, but it is offered only in a hardwired version and can’t run off battery power. If you own an existing doorbell that’s hardwired, it will work perfectly.
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This device delivers an excellent response time, brilliant video quality and superb data privacy. Features to expect are HDR video for vivid picture quality, geofencing, person alerts, unusual sound detection, voice control via Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, recorded messages for when you can’t answer the door.
3. Google Nest Learning Thermostat:
This product is excellent with its automating heating/cooling feature, plus it provides lots of smart features to improve its functionality.
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including an occupancy sensor (so it can adjust the temperature based on whether people are in a room) and geo-fencing, which turns the temperature up or down when you leave home and return by tracking your smartphone’s location.
4. Yale Assure YRD256-CBA-619:
Yale offers the features you’ll expect from its sister company, August, including remote control, an access log, voice control (via Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant), electronic keys, and a door open/close sensor.
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The lock also comes with Yale’s version of the August Connect WiFi adapter, $79, which you need in order to use all those features. This device excels when it comes to its resistance to drilling, and it is very impossible to pick since it is keyless.
5. Rachio 3 8ZULW-C:
This is a brilliant sprinkler controller with a good WiFi setup and weather responsiveness. Its convenience can be better though because the wiring instructions are not very clear, and there is no backup battery and weatherproof casing. All in all, it delivers massive value for money.
More Information On Gadgets:
A gadget is a small tool such as a machine that has a particular function, but is often thought of as a novelty. Gadgets are sometimes referred to as gizmos.
The earliest documented use of the term gadget in context of software engineering was in 1985 by the developers of AmigaOS, the operating system of the Amiga computers (intuition.library and also later gadtools.library).
It denotes what other technological traditions call GUI widget—a control element in graphical user interface. This naming convention remains in continuing use (as of 2008) since then.
It is not known whether other software companies are explicitly drawing on that inspiration when featuring the word in names of their technologies or simply referring to the generic meaning. The word widget is older in this context.
In the movie “Back to School” from 1986 by Alan Metter, there is a scene where an economics professor Dr. Barbay, wants to start for educational purposes a fictional company that produces “widgets: It’s a fictional product.”