iControl is Putting Home Control into Samsung’s Smartwatch

The two companies are putting control functionality into the Gear 2.

Remember when Dick Tracy’s watch seemed so high-tech? Forget talking to other people. Soon you’ll be able to use that timepiece to talk to your house.

iControl Networks just announced plans to make an app that will work with Samsung’s newly-announced Gear 2. The app will allow Gear 2 owners to communicate with their homes from anywhere in the world, at any time.

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In case you aren’t familiar with iControl — well, you probably are and don’t even know it. The company actually powers some very popular consumer solutions, including Xfinity Home from Comcast, IntelligentHome from Time Warner Cable and Rogers Smart Home Monitoring, among others.

The Samsung Gear 2 will be compatible with iControl Converge and iControl Touchstone. Other Gear 2 features include Samsung’s Tizen OS, 512MB of memory, 4GB of internal storage, support for Bluetooth 4.0 LE, and a heart rate sensor. It also has a built-in camera that can do still images at 1920 x 1080 resolution, as well as video at up to 720p 30fps.

“We’re excited to partner with Samsung to offer people even more ways to control their homes with the touch of a button,” said Jim Johnson, iControl’s executive vice president and general manager of the Austin business unit. “The integration of Samsung Gear 2 with connected home technology brings us another step closer to a feature-rich and smarter lifestyle. The more devices that are integrated into our smart home cloud, the more information we can gather to ultimately create a highly personalized experience – both inside and outside the home.”

The iControl app should be available sometime in mid-2014.

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