Introducing the Physical Graph

In December 2012, co-founders Jeff Hagins, Scott Vlaminck, and Jesse O’Neill-Oine presented SmartThings’ vision for a fully connected home at the Le Web international conference in Paris. While the look of the SmartThings app and platform have undergone a series of significant changes and improvements in the past 15 months, the vision of what they describe remains at the core of our company’s DNA:

If we can create a digital representation of the physical things around us and get these connected things to send useful information to us and to each other, then we will be able to know what is happening anywhere else in the world and take action on it–like controlling lights in Minneapolis from France.

At SmartThings, we call this digital manifestation and representation of all things the “Physical Graph™,” and are convinced it’s going to change the world.


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