The Samsung family of smart appliances and devices is about to get a lot more tight-knit.
Today, Samsung announced a new platform that will enable users to manage all of their connected appliances and devices -- everything from wearable tech to washing machines -- from a single application. The platform, called "Samsung Smart Home," is set to debut at CES 2014 in Las Vegas, with a planned roll-out during the first half of the year.
Initially, the platform will provide users with three main services: Device Control, Home View, and Smart Customer Service. Device Control will allow users to access customized settings for all of their devices on their smartphone or on their Smart TV. Just select the Samsung Smart Home icon, and you'll be able to control multiple devices at once, whether you're sitting in your living room or traveling abroad. The service will also allow you to use voice commands with your Galaxy Gear or Smart TV remote -- tell your device that you're "going out," for instance, and your connected lights and appliances of choice will turn off as you leave.
Home View allows users to take advantage of the cameras built into many of Samsung's connected appliances to take a look at what's going on at home. Smart Customer Service will notify users whenever it's time to service an appliance, and also provide assistance in after-sales servicing.
Samsung Smart Home will focus initially on select Samsung Smart TVs, connected appliances, and smartphones. From there, the service will expand to include additional Samsung products, as well as devices and appliances from other manufacturers. Eventually, Samsung plans for the service to cover areas like home energy, secure home access, and healthcare through partnerships with third-party providers in those fields.