Samsung Boots Up Its Smart Home Division

The company focuses on Internet-connected appliances as its smartphone sales slide
The Samsung Smart Home system Photographer: Woohae Cho/Bloomberg

Yoon C. Lee, a vice president in Samsung’s consumer electronics division, is giving a tour of his home in Oakland, Calif., from 8,000 miles away in Seoul. By swiping the screen of his Galaxy S5 phone, he can switch among camera views in the living room, foyer, and backyard, toggle his electronic deadbolts, flip the lights, and turn on the oven or sprinklers. “Our first mission is to bring your home to your connected life,” he says. “You will never have to drive back home for two hours wondering if you have forgotten to lock your door or turn off your gas stove.”

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