Samsung’s Smart Home service is a big step forward for the Korean electronics giant, which is introducing a new home-security feature that monitors users’ movements on the device.
The smart home app, called Samsung Home, will track and upload to a centralised database all the movement data gathered by Samsung devices and connected devices.
It will also monitor the device’s location and home security.
It works by integrating Samsung’s motion-tracking cameras and a sensor that detects movement in real-time.
In the future, Samsung is planning to add additional sensors, sensors that are more sensitive, and sensors that can respond to gestures to control the home, said Joon Dong-chul, a researcher at Samsung Electronics Research Institute.
There are a lot of possibilities for how this data can be used, he said.
“We are working on integrating additional sensors that will detect movement in the room and act on it automatically,” Mr Joon said.
The Samsung Home service will only work with Samsung devices that have the latest versions of Android OS, but will allow users to connect their existing smart home systems to the service.
Users can choose between a variety of devices that can track their movements, including smart lights, smart thermostats, smart speakers and smart appliances.
The service is designed to be used by a person who works at home and is in a place where they can access their home’s security, and then use the Smart Home app to connect it to the Samsung device that is most convenient for them.
In some cases, the user will need to have the device connected to a home router or switch.
Mr Joun said it is a great step forward in terms of building trust with users.
“I am really excited about it,” he said of the service’s potential.
“In a certain way, it will help users connect with their home security and also enable them to control their devices.”
There are many different types of sensors and sensors have different capabilities, said Mr Jun, adding that the Samsung Home app will allow consumers to choose from the sensors that work best for them, based on their needs.
For example, it is possible for Samsung to track an individual’s movements and home health, and even a person’s heart rate.
The Home app also allows users to monitor the current location of a device, and can send notifications if an individual is near the device for longer than a few minutes.
“The system will provide users with an insight into the physical environment of their home,” said Mr Yoon Jeong-min, a research fellow at Samsung Research Institute, who was not involved in the project.
Samsung said it plans to build its home security system with a range of sensors, including cameras, infrared sensors and motion-based sensors.
“With the help of the technology, we will be able to gather and analyze data from a variety, including the motion data of the sensors,” Mr Yoo said.
Samsung plans to release the Smarthome app on the App Store in the coming weeks, and expects to release more information on the service in the near future.