Samsung makes dream of having home appliances connected to the Internet real. Its new platform Artik promises to connect 26 billion units by 2020.

Pace of modern life makes people think of everyday comfort with minimum efforts. This is where Internet of Things really wins. The idea of home appliances connected to the Internet with opportunity of distant control seems to be quite real nowadays.

Samsung has recently come up with innovative chip technology called Artik. The presentation took place in San Francisco on Tuesday. The technology allows to connect all home devices produced by Samsung or using Samsung-made chips to the Internet.

To make things clear Young Sohn, Samsung Electronics president, unveiled three modifications of Artik: Artik 1, Artik 5 and Artik 10, which differ in size and technical parameters. The price ranges from $10 to $100. Mr. Sohn underlined at the presentation that “these smart machines are going to make our lives better”.

Samsung’s Artik comes in three versions differentiated by size and processing power: Artik 1, Artik 5, and Artik 10. Photo: Samsung

Samsung’s Artik comes in three versions differentiated by size and processing power: Artik 1, Artik 5, and Artik 10. Photo: Samsung

Representatives of $211-billion company admit that they see a great potential in IoT. The opinion of such a financial giant seems to be trustworthy – 1 million devices are produced every day under Samsung trademark which makes up around 660 million a year.

Samsung sets truly challenging targets – they are planning to connect 90% of produced devices to the Internet by 2017. Overall connection will be finished by 2020. According to estimates of Gartner, analyst company, there will be more than 26 billion connected appliances by 2020. Thus in just five years most people will manage to control temperature at home or to get information about necessity to restock products from their refrigerator.

Yoon Lee, vice president of smart-home and digital appliances at Samsung Electronics, said the very right words: “We want our products to be inside your lifestyle, not outside your lifestyle. That said, we have lots of stuff to connect. What Artik will do is essentially cut off the development process because we can leverage and utilize what’s already being produced”. IoT is really a lifestyle which allows to devote time to important things rather than concentrating on domestic issues.

Samsung is not actually a pioneer in IoT. In January Intel presented a processor platform called Curie. It’s a smart device that can supply wearables with power and it works for everything from jewelry to clothes. However, Curie is still on developing stage while Artik is already available for purchase.

Iot seemed to be a tempting but difficult-to-realize idea just a few years ago. But there is nothing impossible if applied expertly. “IoT is not science fiction anymore – it is science fact” – Boo-Keun Yoon, Samsung CEO.

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