by Brent Dirks
January 10, 2014
Connected home system SmartThings is getting a lot smarter. At CES 2014 in Las Vegas, the company has announced users can now control a Sonos audio system, Belkin’s WeMo devices, and the Philips Hue lights directly from its free companion iOS app. Residing in the SmartApps category, compatibility with the other popular connected appliances really opens a number of possibilities. One of my favorite examples includes the ability to turn any Sonos speaker into a loud siren or noise maker if any motion is detected or door opened while you are gone. Currently, all three reside in the “Labs” portion, so you may run into a few hiccups. But SmartThings promises, once fine tuning is complete, the integration will be a major part of the app experience. If you already have a system and want to join, you’ll need to email firstname.lastname@example.org so the company can update your hub with access. For more information, or to order a SmartThings kit, you can visit the company’s website now. Kits start at $199. Buyers can purchase a number of other additional devices to complete their system. I’m currently testing SmartThings for a full review, and so far I’ve definitely been impressed. Each part of the system is easy to install, and the app does a spectacular job of tying everything together. For other news from the show, see: Caller ID Update For The Fitbit Force Will Arrive Next Month, CES 2014: Kwikset's Kevo Will Soon Offer Remote Locking, Unlocking Capability, and CES 2014: Simplicam Brings Facial Recognition Technology To An App-Controllable Camera.