More and more technology leaders are championing new ideas for smart home solutions. Samsung is now investing in several companies to speed their entry and to diversify their solutions.
While Samsung continues to reap the rewards of being the world's largest Android partner, it also has its eyes set on the future of the connected home. "Samsung is very focused on the internet of things," said David Eun, the president of Samsung Next, the company's investment arm. At the Wall Street Journal's D.Live conference today, he said that there'll come a time when your home will be covered in connected devices.
"We think this could be the third wave where you have programmable objects blanketing your home," he said. Eun said that the company has already been investing in certain companies to help accelerate this effort, such as the purchase of home automation platform SmartThings in 2014. Now, it's the defacto platform for all of Samsung's connected devices, such as the Connect Home router and a cellular smart tag.
Yet, the internet of things hasn't leapt off to a great start. For many, it's still confusing to use, with far too many apps and a laborious set-up process. There's also the recent problem of security, with IoT devices frequently used as a target for botnets.