$40 SmartThings Link Turns Nvidia Shield into ZigBee & Z-Wave Home Automation System
4K media streamer Nvidia Shield becomes ZigBee and Z-Wave home automation hub with $40 SmartThings Link. Voice control via Google Assistant.
Binge-watching TV meets home automation. The new SmartThings Link, a USB stick with ZigBee and Z-Wave technology, plugs into an Nvidia Shield media streamer to turn it into a smart-home hub with voice control via Google Assistant.
All for just $40.
Without the SmartThings dongle, Nvidia Shield has some smart-home features via cloud-to-cloud communications, but the Link product brings local control of a multitude of devices including lights, locks, thermostats and security systems.
Seems like SmartThings is everywhere these days. While Samsung reneged on its promise to embed the technology in all new TV sets, the entire home automation hub is crammed into this stick, as well as a new security system built by 2Gig and monitored by ADT.
The SmartThings Link is available for $39.99. Shield Rewards members will receive two email offers: SmartThings Link for $14.99 shipped or a SmartThings Link with a SmartThings Motion Sensor and two dimmable Sengled Element Classic LED Bulbs for $49.99 shipped.
The SmartThings Link will be available on BestBuy.com and other retail websites starting October 29. It will also be a part of a bundle with Shield TV for $214.98
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Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson Email Julie at email@example.com
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