Samsung has been integrating its Internet of Things (IoT) platform SmartThings into various devices and home appliances over the past couple of years. Its latest smart TVs can control SmartThings-compatible home appliances, lights, sensors, and more. The company had showcased a SmartThings Link dongle for the Nvidia Shield TV at CES earlier this year, and it is now available for pre-order.
The SmartThings Link easily plugs into the Android TV-based Nvidia Shield TV streaming box via a USB port. It lets users set up and control compatible door locks, lights, thermostats, motion sensors, and more using the SmartThings app for Android or iOS. If you have the Nvidia Shield TV, you can pre-order the Link dongle right now for just $14.99 (that’s a discount of $25 over its original price).
Since the Shield TV also features Google Assistant (which works with SmartThings in case you’re wondering), you can control SmartThings compatible devices using voice commands and automate your connected home. Together with Google Assistant, Nvidia Shield TV, SmartThings Link, and compatible IoT products, you can create a number of possibilities and triggers using the IFTTT service.