LENOVO DE­BUTS CON­NECTED HOME HUB – SMART LIGHTS, PLUGS & CAM­ERA

SmartHouse - - FIRST LOOK // LENOVO - Writ­ten by ROMA CHRIS­TIAN

PC be­he­moth, Lenovo, has be­come the lat­est com­pany to es­tab­lish its con­nected home ecosys­tem, launch­ing its ‘Smart Es­sen­tial’ range in Ber­lin, fea­tur­ing a smart plug, smart cam­era and smart light bulb – all com­pat­i­ble with Google As­sis­tant and Ama­zon Alexa voice con­trols.

Lenovo’s Smart Essen­tials range claims to be a “one-stop shop” for to­day’s in­tel­li­gent home, con­trolled by its ‘Link’ app, which man­age as all de­vices, rather than one app per prod­uct.

Via the app, users can con­trol spe­cific groups of de­vices at once, or au­to­mate ac­tions at cer­tain points through­out a day. Ap­pli­ca­tions in­clude au­to­mat­i­cally turn­ing on lights af­ter dusk, or con­trol­ling a sur­veil­lance cam­era via voice com­mands.

Sim­i­lar to Ko­gan’s newly launched SmarterThi­ngs range, Lenovo’s new Smart Plug claims to con­vert any out­let pow­ered prod­uct into a ‘smart de­vice’ with app con­trol.

Lenovo’s Smart Essen­tials range will launch in the United States in Novem­ber, be­fore ex­pand­ing to Aus­tralia some­time later.

(Aus­tralian pric­ing and avail­abil­ity yet to be con­firmed)

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