12 Days of Hidden Gems -SmartThings

We are continuing on with our 12 Days of Hidden Gems series this week, focusing on the emerging world of IoT (the Internet of Things). We spent the first few days looking at fitness accessories that work well with Windows Phone and Windows 8.1, but today we're shifting gears and delving into the connected home. You can catch up on the articles to date on our Hidden Gems page.

Today is day 4, and we are featuring the SmartThings home automation system — it works with a central app, an array of wireless sensors, and your smartphone to make your home connected, safer, and smarter.

Enter to Win 1 of 5 SmartThings Home Starter Kits

Step 1: Visit the 4th Day of Hidden Gems SmartThings feature article.

Step 2: Read the article and watch the awesome video! When you're done, enter the sweepstakes for a chance to win one of five SmartThings Home Starter Kits. There are two ways to enter the sweepstakes and you'll want to complete both tasks via the widget at the bottom of the page. Full terms and conditions can be found here.

First chance to win: Log in to Windows Central and leave a quality comment on the SmartThings Hidden Gems article.

Second chance to win: Use the widget to tweet out the phrase of the day. Today's tweet should look like this: Unwrap the 4th @WindowsCentral #HiddenGemsApp for a chance to win a SmartThings Starter Kit #sponsored #sweeps http://is.gd/nJlTS6 . Remember to use the widget to send the tweet, otherwise you haven't entered.

Once you've entered by leaving a comment or tweeting (or both!), you can refer your friends and earn up to ten additional entries when they enter. That's a total of 12 entries into the sweepstakes! The sweepstakes runs through the end of the year, and the winners will be announced in January. Good luck everyone!