The three electronic giants LG, Samsung, and Sony are about to unleash smart TVs that double as hubs for controlling every aspect of your smart home. Here's what they'll be capable of:
LG’s new smart TV will run on WebOS 3.0 to enable you to control LG smart appliances using the IoTV app on your screen. The TV adheres to the Allseen Alliance’s AllJoyn home automation standard, and will give you full control of devices like your washing machine, fridge, oven, and robot vacuum. It also connects to LG’s SmartThinQ sensor, which attaches to “dumb” gadgets to make them smart. Other brands will be compatible with the setup via WiFi and ethernet, and the TV will also have cool features like Magic Zoom, which lets you hone in on any portion of the screen.
In 2016, Samsung plans to turn all of its smart UHD TVs into WiFi-equipped smart hubs that work seamlessly with the SmartThings home automation system. This means you’ll be able to use your TV remote to view security camera footage on your TV, lock and unlock smart locks, control speakers, and so on. You’ll also be able to control select TV functions through the SmartThings app, and add your TV to your custom smart home ‘scenes’. The TV will also play nice with some of Samsung’s own connected appliances like the Family Hub Refrigerator and its smart washing machines, ovens, and air conditioners.
Sony’s TVs themselves won’t be transforming into hubs, but thanks to their all new compatibility with the Logitech Hub, they’ll do practically the same thing. You’ll also need to download an app from Google Play that’s been built specifically for Sony TV’s UI to talk to the Logitech hub. With everything in place, you’ll be able to control your fleet of smart home gadgets from your Sony TV via the WiFi. Practically any products that use Z-Wave, Zigbee, and Lutron’s wireless standard will be at your command. Your August doorbell, Nest thermostat, and Honeywell thermostat will also benefit from the new Sony-Logitech friendship. You’ll even be able to dabble in some Philips Hue lighting magic.