SmartThings, the iOS app used to create a smart home through iPhone, has extended support to the Apple Watch too. That means now a number of home operations like checking security, saving energy, controlling appliances, etc. can be performed right from the Apple Watch. However, the app – SmartThings is also available for Android and Windows Phone powered devices.
The app was updated yesterday and added with the Watch support. This new compatibility will users / customers controlling various sorts of sensors and switches from their wrist.
Recently acquired by Samsung, SmartThings does also have apps for Samsung Gear S which is Samsung’s line of smartwatches. With extending support to the Watch, it seems that the company clearly wants to stay up to date with both Android and Apple.
With SmartThings’ extended support to Apple Watch, developers have begun to see a number of possibilities, particularly for automating home operations and appliances.
On iPhone and various other smarphones, the app SmartThings is able to perform a number of operations like:-
- Know when doors, drawers, and valuable items open, close, or move
- Set your lights to turn on or off when you come, go, or when different things happen
- Trigger window A/C or space heaters to turn on when you leave work
- Turn on a light or TV in response to motion at night
- Use your smartphone to automatically perform actions based upon your location
- Monitor and control your energy use
- Receive notifications when people, pets, and cars arrive and leave
Although all these functionalities will not available in the Watch but you will still be able to control several things using the Hello Home actions in SmartThings’ iOS app. For example, if you want to turn on lights and coffee maker in the morning, you will be able to do it through the single command, “Good Morning.”