U.S. tech start-up company SmartThings has provided a platform for the public to manage their own digital devices with Internet connectivity. Currently the company is seeking new ways to make customers and partners can easily accomplish to equip with various internet device. For this purpose, SmartThings is planning to launch a web and mobile shop, so you can buy starter kit, all kinds of digital devices and household solution on this palce.
Last September, as components of the American public financing website Kickstarter campaign, SmartThings released its first product, which provided a primary tool package with public. The kit includes a SmartThings control center, different types of sensors, which can track and control all kinds of digital devices. This toolkit mind is: the user by using their own smart phones can achieve different levels of automation of home life.
Although SmartThings just launched their own several products, the company hopes to provide outside developers a platform that allows them to develop their own hardware devices and applications. Because of this, SmartThings this spring open its platform for third-party developers that allow developers to take advantage of SmartThings development kit to connect the increasing number of network devices.
But the platform still has a shortage: SmartThings has done a lot in attracting outside developers to join, but it is a hassle to find compatible hardware. The reason is that at least so far, there are not platform for the developer using SmartThings techniques to find suitable digital devices.
In order to provide a more easily platform to find SmartThings equipment, the company is launching an online store. The store will offer a series of selection products to help customers successfully achieve to manage digital devices. The core of the plan is the primary toolkit including the SmartThings control center. SmartThings control center functions are to offer electricity for all other relevant digital devices.
Once the user has purchased the control center, they will be able to add separate devices from the store, including SmartThings own productions and other manufacturers’ equipments which including General Electric (GE), Schlage, Kwikset and Aeon, etc., such third-party manufacturer’s products are compatible with SmartThings platform.
In addition, the online store will also offer so-called “Solutions Group” and its purpose is to solve the problems that are caused by two or more groups SmartThings equipment integrated. This solution set includes automatic open and close door, detect gas leak and water leak, as well as turn on or off the corresponding device through mobile remote.
SmartThings said except for the online store, they will provide more user experience in the future, such as allowing third-party developers and manufacturers to sell their products in this platform. It is reported, the user can either purchase online via SmartThings site or through the previous iOS applications released by the company to achieve the same purpose. SmartThings also plans to publish applications for Android devices.