Samsung SmartThings expands with a new camera, Wi-Fi plug, and lightbulb

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In addition to the new SmartThings Cam, Samsung is also expanding its SmartThings portfolio by introducing a SmartThings Wifi Smart Plug and SmartThings Smart Bulb.

The IoT market keeps growing with everything from lightbulbs to doorbells and everything in-between. Companies are reacting to the market as consumers continue to buy these devices and Samsung is no different. Samsung SmartThings is expanding its lineup with a new SmartThings Cam, SmartThings Wi-Fi plug, and SmartThings Lightbulb.

The new Cam is being pitched as a home security camera made for families to keep an eye on their homes from the inside. The new Cam is also affordably priced at US$89.99 making it appealing for budget-minded users. Samsung says the Cam also provides crisp, clear detail in Full HD, HDR wide-angle video that includes advanced object detection. Samsung says this feature “intelligently senses motion at a moment’s notice.”

With Samsung SmartThings Cam, families can see home from anywhere using the SmartThings app and receive notifications that can distinguish between people and the motion of pets or a passing car. Activity zones can be set to pay closer attention to a specific area, such as notifying parents of movement in a nursery or when a pet jumps on furniture when no one is home.

While many indoor cameras are limited to a 130-degree view, the SmartThings Cam can see more in a home during the day or night using a Full HD (1080p) 145-degree, a wide-angle camera with night vision. SmartThings Cam’s wider view also has better picture quality to see and capture more detail in video using HDR technology, and two-way audio built-in allows for easy communication from a smartphone.

“We want to help families keep their connected lives simple and seamless using SmartThings to bring together hundreds of popular smart home products in one platform,” said SK Kim, Senior Director, IoT Product Marketing at Samsung Electronics America. “Our new SmartThings Cam, Wifi Smart Plug and Smart Bulb create new pathways into our smart home platform, where users will discover how everyday tasks can easily be automated.”

Samsung SmartThings Cam makes home monitoring simple with automation using the SmartThings app, users can set Works with SmartThings light bulbs to turn on when motion is detected at night, or automatically turn on activity zones when a user leaves home. Cam comes equipped with 24 hours cloud storage at no additional cost, with up the option to connect up to 4 SmartThings Cams. Premium 30-day cloud storage is also available for US$7.99 per month or US$79.99 per year, with the option to connect up to 8 SmartThings Cams.

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In addition to the new SmartThings Cam, Samsung is also expanding its SmartThings portfolio by introducing a SmartThings Wifi Smart Plug and SmartThings Smart Bulb. These products join the full line of completely redesigned SmartThings Hub and sensors, which launched last year.

Starting today, the Samsung SmartThings Cam (US$89.99), SmartThings Wifi Smart Plug (US$17.99) and SmartThings Smart Bulb (US$9.99) are available on Samsung.com and select retailers nationwide, including Best Buy.

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