The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free
Confession, my house isn’t really smarter than yours, but after spending an evening in the Best Buy Tech Home at North Point Mall you can bet it soon will be! Exploring that house was the geek equivalent to a kid in a candy store. Best Buy has brought to life the latest in home technology at their Tech Home in Atlanta where you can touch and try the latest technology products in a homelike environment.
Fellow geeks in blue shirts welcomed me into the techie wonderland with open arms and a seemingly un-ending knowledge about all things CE and Connected Home technology. Filled with excitement, I eagerly followed the Blue Shirts and began my journey into the smartest house in Atlanta.
Let’s start with the Samsung SmartThings Hub, this is basically the brains of the whole smart house. It connects wirelessly with hundreds of compatible smart devices such as smart locks, lights, outlets, thermostats and more, allowing you to monitor, control and secure your home from anywhere, from your smartphone with the SmartThings app.
Once you have the Samsung SmartThings Hub and free SmartThings app, you can add as many devices as you want to customize your smart home. Did you hear that? As many as you want!! C’mon Samsung, now you’re just showing off 😉
The Samsung SmartThings Hub is compatible with ZigBee, Z-Wave, and IP-connected devices. Works with the following brands: Samsung, Honeywell, Schlage, Yale, First alert, D-Link, OSRAM LIGHTIFY, Leviton, Bose, Cree, and others.
I’m not going to spoil all the SmartThings fun for you in this post, but I’m going to highlight 2 of my favorite Hub add ons.
Samsung SmartThings Arrival Sensor
This awesome gadget is like low jack for your kids. Snap one of these bad boys on your kids’ backpack and be instantly alerted when they walk in the door. My inner helicopter parent is practically bursting with excitement over this gadget!
You can also place this sensor in your car and it will trigger different actions to take place when you arrive or leave home, such as automatically turn the lights on or off, or unlock or lock the door. How cool is that?
Samsung SmartThings Multi-Purpose Sensor
Ever leave your house in a rush only to panic several miles down the road wondering if you forgot to close the garage door? If you have the Samsung SmartThings Multi-Purpose Sensor you will never have to worry about whether or not you closed the garage door, or front door, or window as you were leaving the house, just a quick check of the SmartThings app and you can know for sure! You’ll also receive an alert if doors or windows open unexpectedly. Score!
While I was super impressed with all the things the Samsung SmartThings Hub can do to make my house the smartest house on the block, I was itching to see what was available for my favorite room in the house….the kitchen. I graciously thanked my Blue Shirt host and dashed into my dream kitchen. My techie head pretty much exploded with all the excitement happening in there.
Again I’m ot going to spoil it all for you (you need to get to North Point Mall to see it all for yourself) but I will give you sneak peak at my FAVORITE smart appliance.
The Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator
Not only does this fridge have 3 built in cameras so you can see your fridge contents from anywhere and order groceries online from the touch screen, it also can stream music, play videos, share photos and houses your families calendar, lists, notes and more! I know exactly what I’m asking Santa for this year.
Come and visit Tech Home at the North Point Mall to learn how you could win a $10,000 Best Buy Gift Card, a Samsung SmartThings Smart Home Collection, Samsung Dream Kitchen, and a Samsung 55” SUHD 4K TV and more.
Be one of the first 250 to visit the Tech Home at the North Point Mall each day from 9/27-10/14 and you could win one of many prizes made with Qualcomm technologies including Sonos Play:1 speakers, Samsung Gear S2, and more. No purchase necessary. See www.BestBuy.com/TechHome for full rules.
This geeky playground is set up in North Point Mall through October 17th, don’t miss your chance to come experience all the fun first hand!