Last month SmartThings made available their new next generation smart home hub available to pre-order and today have start shipping the hardware to customers as well as making it available to purchase price that $99.
The SmartThings ecosystem now consists of nearly 200 different devices and includes a range of sensors that can be triggered using the companion application on your smartphone.
The latest next-generation smart home hub has been fitted with a more powerful processor to provide the ability to enable video monitoring, together with an internal battery that allows the system to operate even if the power goes down to a maximum of 10 hours. If the power does go out the system will still try to remain connected to any devices it can although some processes that need Internet connections may be unavailable. SmartThings CEO Alex Hawkinson explains :
To make it easier, basically, the next-generation products aim to solve that ‘is everything ok at home?’ problem out of the box. What we found was in the smart home, the reason the race is on now, once someone gets up and running you look for things that are compatible and then you spread out from there. You might start someone with home monitoring, but then they might be interested in connected lighting.
The SmartThings hub is now available to purchase priced at $99, with sensors ranging from $30 to $55 in price.