SmartThings doesn’t just come to Vegas and set up a boring old booth. These guys rented out a palatial villa just outside of downtown, both for the practical purposes of giving themselves a place to crash, and also to give them an easy way to show off their product and platform for building a whole home “open physical graph.” Home automation and mobile remote control were a tent pole theme of this year’s CES, so doing a TC Cribs episode at SmartThings’ made a ton of sense.
The house was impressive, more so thanks to the SmartThings-enabled gadgets littering the premises than because of the actual house itself, which, while nice, potentially hid a somewhat salacious history. The SmartThings team said they were constantly finding glitter on themselves while staying there, in a house that’s obviously often rented out on a short-term basis: Glitter doesn’t just come from nowhere.
SmartThings is changing the face of home automation, making it easy to connect the things in the physical world to the Internet. The cloud-based software platform allows users to install apps into their lives that make the world smarter, more reactive and more enjoyable. SmartThings is building an open platform and embracing the developer and maker communities in a way that will significantly expand the range of applications and devices that will become smart.