Written by Victoria Fields on September 18, 2012
Categories: Blog Posts

Thanks to a Kickstarter campaign that has raised nearly $1 million dollars, the world is going to get a little bit smarter.

SmartThings, the latest development in smartphone technology, boasts the ability to turn household objects into “smart things” that can be controlled and monitored remotely from a mobile device. Users can connect the things in the physical world to the Internet from anywhere – at home, office or on-the-go.

Sound too good to be true? Here’s how it works: An easy-to-use hub acts as a bridge between everyday things and a secure platform in the cloud. A range of simple, wireless devices connect automatically to the hub to control things like smart outlets, motion detectors and moisture sensors that can be installed anywhere.

Users then have access to an application platform called SmartApps that controls either manually or automatically, all the things that are connected to the hub. SmartApps is a marketplace of ready-to-go apps that enable users to do things like turn on and off the lights in their home or to receive a notification when their dog gets out of the yard.

The platform for SmartThingswas built as open platform, leaving room for more products that will bring ease and functionality to the everyday routine.

The SmartThings Kickstarter campaign ends Saturday, and they’ve already surpassed their $250,0000 goal. But if they can reach $1 million, they plan to give every backer a bonus SmartTag that detects presence, temperature, motion and vibration.

To read more about the SmartThings platform or to back the Kickstarter campaign, click here.