Samsung SmartThings Hub and sensors Photograph: Samsung

The Internet of Things – where seemingly ordinary devices connect to each other and the internet to make them more than the sum of their parts think fridges that know when you re out of milk and then order more for you – is still more a concept than a reality for many.

Samsung s SmartThings hub hopes to be that central pin that connects them all.

Photograph: Samuel Gibbs for the Guardian

It supports home-network based devices, plugging into your router to control them through fixed or Wi-Fi networks, as well as two of the most broadly used wireless home-automation standards, ZigBee and Z-Wave.

It means that the Hub can talk to almost every product currently available on the market that doesn t use an isolated proprietary system.

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