Samsung Galaxy Tab & Home Watcher: The Future of Home Automation?

Samsung Galaxy Tab & Home Watcher: The Future of Home Automation?

Vivian Kim
Sep 28, 2010

The Galaxy Tab may be getting attention for being the first competitor to battle it out with the iPad for tablet dominance, but does Samsung have something else up their sleeve for the Galaxy? Some people forget that Samsung also has a compelling line of home appliances. With the Galaxy Tab (and its Home Watcher app), is Samsung finally bringing home automation to the mainstream?

This video from IFA 2010, a Berlin consumer electronics tradeshow, surprisingly went under the radar this week. It shows a demo of Samsung's Home Watcher home automation application on a Galaxy tablet. The demo lacks details on the actual technology being used and leaves us with some questions, but what we've seen so far definitely stirs the imagination.

While the iPad has home automation apps like Crestron, you'd still have to build your home automation setup around that particular app. Most intimidated consumers won't even bother, and the iPad package looks to be a little pricey as a $500 snap-on component to the iPad. Samsung already has a number of appliances, including washers and dryers, refrigerators, microwaves, ranges, and home entertainment devices. If Samsung can bake in a technology to control all of these appliances successfully with their own Galaxy Tab, they could be giving consumers a very approachable solution to home automation.

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