Ambify for iOS Sets Philips Hue Lights to Music

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    An iOS developer has made an app to sync the Philips Hue iOS-controlled LED light bulbs with music.

    The $2.99 Ambify pulls tracks from the music library on an iPhone or iPad and plays them while simultaneously controlling the colors and brightness of the Philips Hue lights, creating a rave-like atmosphere with blinking multi-colored light bulbs synced to the music.
    Ambify for iPhone and iPad is available for $2.99 on the App Store. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: Ambify for iOS Sets Philips Hue Lights to Music
  2. macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2009
    Hopefully the first of many apps for Hue. I enjoy my lights, they are great for turning on a single bulb at low light to get dressed at night while my wife is sleeping for one of my jobs, but this helps somewhat justify the cost.
  3. macrumors regular


    Nov 10, 2007
    Bristol, UK
    I like Phillips. Recently bought one of their 46" TV's with Ambilight. Looks amazing.

    Seems like a neat app.
  4. macrumors regular

    Sep 7, 2005
    Western North Carolina
    The future is here

    This future is indeed here. This reminds me a bit of Journey into Imagination at EPCOT back in 1982 where one jumped over spots on the floor that were light with different colors and made music by hopping from one place to another. But this is the opposite - the music controls the lights. Truly amazing when you think about it.
  5. macrumors 6502

    Jul 11, 2008
    San Diego
    When will Spotify have an app for making Hue dance?
  6. macrumors 6502


    May 23, 2003
    Melbourne, FL
    I heard Philips has exited the consumer market. So no more TVs and no more hue.
  7. macrumors 6502


    Jul 14, 2011
    Those bulbs are way out of my price range for what they are.
    However, this is still very cool.
  8. macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002

    So can apps now directly read song waveforms in realtime? I'd have thought there would be more music visualizer apps if so--I've never found one that didn't use a mic-based hack. (I'd love something iTunes-like I could send to a projector.)

    I was wondering that exact thing--but fear not: Philips is getting out of SOME consumer areas, like A/V, but not out of their LED lamps:
  9. macrumors regular

    Jul 12, 2010
    I actually build a system like this myself...

    I don't mention it syncs to music in that post because I hadn't completed it at that point, but it's finished now and works great. My Mac sends the music beat and frequency data to the Raspberry Pi in real time and the lights are controlled in time with the music. The user can change the effect and colors at any time using the web console and pressing buttons on your keyboard.

    Obviously, that system's only going to work if you have electronics and programming knowledge-- you have to wire up the LEDs and Raspberry Pi by yourself, and then install the software to control the LEDs. It's a DIY project, but it has pretty cool results.
  10. macrumors regular


    Jul 13, 2010
    Does the system comes with pot? Just curious...
  11. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 29, 2006
    Lighting is one of the areas they are still going to focus on - no more TVs - but lighting is now a huge focus for the company
  12. macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    There are other apps that do this much cheaper. But what I would really like to see is this built into the official app. As well as the ability for it to adjust the built in themes when you add additional lights and to create a recipe without having to find a photo to put in colors. as well as being able to set alarms that can repeat on a schedule (very handy for those alarms to wake up in the morning).
  13. macrumors regular


    Jul 17, 2002
    Cape Coral, FL
    I think you'd rather be doing some shrooms or molly with this... or even better as Jobs used to ask when he interviewed... Have you ever done LSD?
  14. macrumors member

    Dec 28, 2006
    This is not the first app for the Philips hue on the App Store .

    Hue disco: the fun feature with this one is the strobe

    Hue Go: red alert etc

    Magic hue the disco effect

    Hue rapide : this one I didn't try
  15. macrumors member

    Jan 24, 2012
    I have been wanting to purchase the Hue light system and this pretty much seals the deal for me. Back in the early 70's as a kid I had a stereo system (turntable and 2 speakers) where the top half of the speakers had light panels of some sort that changed colors and went to the beat of the music. Seems like I will be able to use the Hue/Ambify set up to do almost the same thing. Fun!
  16. macrumors 6502


    Jan 10, 2007
    Holy crap. I just downloaded this and I'm never going to leave my room again. :D
  17. macrumors 68000


    Jul 1, 2010
    This looks pretty cool. Likely, however, it will be used a few times and then forgotten.

    Except on rare occasions, who the heck wants their room lights to flash colors?
  18. macrumors 6502


    Dec 22, 2008
    Tampa, FL
    I thought their app icon was the Google Play logo at first and I was super-confused
  19. macrumors 68000

    Dec 29, 2006
    Ha! Next Christmas I will rule the block with outdoor speakers, huge ones, and giant woofers and a thousand pulsating Phillips lights. Nobody will even notice the neighbors with their unimaginative strings of lights and inflatable santas. I will need some suggestions for edgy and loud Xmas music...It is all about religion of course.
  20. macrumors 6502a

    szw-mapple fan

    Jul 28, 2012
    These would be useful at a party, I suppose. But I don't see myself using it in every-day-life. the flashing on and off looks kinda annoying.
  21. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 29, 2006
    My whole apartment uses the bulbs - those kind of music sync apps are cool for when you want that, but most of the time I use Hue for automating when lights go on and off - adjusting the lights while I'm watching a movie or still in bed - there are even Mac menu bar apps so I can adjust the lights from my Mac.

    It is an incredibly useful thing - and yes I'm also a happy Nest customer - the more apartment automation the better.
  22. macrumors newbie

    Mar 11, 2013
    Im really wanting to purchase this light bulbs, but does anyone know where to buy that pot that holds the bulb.
  23. macrumors regular


    Feb 17, 2011
    Can you AirPlay from your iPhone to AirPlay hifi from this app and do the lights/timing lag doing this?

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