We, as tech enthusiasts, are drawn to anything smart: smartphones, smartwatches, and even smart gadgets for the home. And for those of us who want their home to be like a house from a science fiction movie, well, soon you may be one step closer to fulfilling your dream.
According to a new report from ETNews (through SamMobile), SmartThings — Samsung’s app that allows you to control various smart home devices may soon be able to control even more devices. And by saying more, we mean much, much more.
At the IFA 2022 event – to be held in Berlin on September 2 – Samsung is rumored to be demonstrating a new technology that will give SmartThings the ability to use more of the smart devices from all the companies in the HCA (Home Connectivity Alliance). This means that when Samsung decides to make this SmartThings capability public – likely via an update – you’ll be able to control thousands of additional devices from one platform directly from your iPhone, Android phone or PC. Plus, SmartThings supports Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, you’ll likely be able to control these devices with your voice as well, just like Starfleet officers in Star Trek. While you can’t tell the computer in your house to replicate you a Latte—since we’re not there yet in our technological advancements—you may be able to tell Alexa to adjust your beverage preferences, such as volume and strength, with the new GE Profile Automatic Espresso Machine and, afterwards, to reduce the heat of your Haier Electric Range.
The HCA is a group of 11 manufacturers united with the idea of helping you build a secure and “interoperable connected home ecosystem” by creating connected devices that work together easily. The alliance was announced at this year’s CES event and some of the companies that are part of it include Samsung, The American Standard Heating and Air Conditioning, The Electrolux Group, Haier and GE Appliances.