Philips 'Hue' Receives Major Update With Geofencing, Visual Alerts, and More

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Late last year, Philips launched its "Hue" lighting system, offering sets of wireless-enabled LED lightbulbs that allow users to remotely control their lighting, including adjusting to a rainbow of colors, from an iOS app. Hue has been exclusively sold through Apple's online and retail stores, and Philips has been working hard to both bring more features to the system and to open it up to developers to build even more functionality.

    Philips today announced the "next phase" of Hue with a major update bringing a number of new features. Perhaps most interesting is integration with If This Then That (IFTTT) protocols to allow Hue to provide visual alerts for a wide variety of situations.
    The new Version 1.1 of Hue also adds geofencing, automatically turning lights on as the user approaches their home and turning them off as they leave, as well as other customizable options. The update also brings recurring schedules, allowing users to simply set a schedule once and have it repeat each day.

    Philips is also announcing an expansion in availability for its Hue lighting system, with a number of new outlets including Apple resellers and now offering starter packs and individual bulbs.

    The Hue starter pack ($199.95) with core hardware and three bulbs and single bulbs ($59.95) are available through Apple. The Philips Hue universal app for iOS devices is a free download from the App Store. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: Philips 'Hue' Receives Major Update With Geofencing, Visual Alerts, and More
  2. tigres macrumors 68040


    Aug 31, 2007
    Land of the Free-Waiting for Term Limits
    I gotta get me some of these.

    That is just cool.
  3. SBlue1 macrumors 65816


    Oct 17, 2008
    Sonds great and I think this may fit well into my cool apartment.

    I just hope lightbulbs don't turn into something like modern electronics where you want to buy the latest as soon as a new model with a new set of features comes out. :D
  4. xionxiox macrumors regular


    Jul 20, 2010
    I love it when companies do cool things with the iPhone.
  5. MultiMediaWill macrumors 68000

    Aug 1, 2010
    Still waiting for a price drop. Not paying $200 for light bulbs.
  6. Shrink macrumors G3


    Feb 26, 2011
    New England, USA
    I guess this whole thing, huh?:cool:
  7. iZac macrumors 68000


    Apr 28, 2003
    Exactly my thoughts, I'd be all over these if they were maybe half the price. Well I'm patient ...
  8. angrynstupid macrumors regular

    Jan 26, 2010
    Enough Already

    Enough of the gimmicky, useless technology crap.
  9. duffman9000 macrumors 68000


    Sep 7, 2003
    Costa Mesa
    I bought, but I ended up returning these. Not bright enough.
  10. iGrip macrumors 68000


    Jul 1, 2010
    This all sounds like a solution in search of a problem.

    Who the heck wants their lighting to change to suboptimal colors?
  11. NightFox macrumors 68000


    May 10, 2005
    Shropshire, UK
    I've been tempted by these for a while, but the price keeps putting me off. Here's hoping that the end of the Apple Store exclusivity leads to a price drop - I wonder how much will be punting then for?
  12. hppy29 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 24, 2007
    Essex, UK
    I have these babies for a few months, they are not as bright as a normal LED bulb but they are mood lighting not a replacement light! The web portal allows you to log in from anywhere and control your lights... and for those in the UK you can buy the screw adaptors on amazon!

    These are not cheap but no LED bulbs are.... like the iPhone tho they just work :D
  13. Laird Knox macrumors 68000

    Jun 18, 2010
    I guess it is a matter of perspective. I used to do lighting and tech for theater (including some Vegas and Broadway credits) so the price doesn't seem to bad to me. I've played with much more expensive toys. ;) Of course I would like to see the price come down. It is a little high but worth it to me.

    I like that in an apartment you can't paint the white walls. You can, however, paint them with light.

    The biggest negative is that they don't answer emails concerning the dev program. Why post a contact form if you are just going to ignore it?
  14. wigby macrumors 65816

    Jun 7, 2007
    well this is a free software update so early hue users and new hue users both benefit.

    but in the case of led bulbs, the price is way too much compared to the possibility of better led bulbs right around the corner. i think most people are waiting to jump on a new bulb with significant improvements. but like solar panels, that will never come all at once. they will improve 1%-3% every year so there will never be a rush to adopt.
  15. spazzcat macrumors 68020


    Jun 29, 2007
    Me, but I was waiting for more feature, like the ones they just added...
  16. Seppentoni macrumors member

    Jul 14, 2011
    The lough when he says "got a new facebook message" in the vid is very creepy.
  17. xdhd350 macrumors 6502

    Mar 9, 2010
    Gimmicky to some... life enabling to others. Think of someone who may be deaf. There have been lights for phone ringers for decades because it didn't require a whole lot of technology.

    What if these could hook into an intelligent alarm system? Flashing some unique pattern to warn the deaf occupant of a time critical situation.

    There is a multitude of good that this tech can be used for, beyond the gimmicky stuff.
  18. Coleman2010 macrumors 68000

    Oct 9, 2010
    The starter kit includes 3 light bulbs and the receiver. The bulbs cost $60 each so the $199 base price is pretty good considering you're getting 3 bulbs.

    I'm buying them. :)
  19. Jsameds macrumors 68030

    Apr 22, 2008
    Yep. Let's all go back to living in caves. We don't really need electricity, hot water, television, internet, fridge-freezers etc, do we?

  20. bjm2660 macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2011
    "The smartest thing since the lightbulb."

    That's about as original as "the cure for the common..." portfolio in Mad Men. Of course, they ended up hiring the guy anyway.


    I just want to know if I play an audio recording of Ethan Hunt shouting "Red light...Green light," will the light bulb laugh at such a crummy piece of film dialogue?
  21. hrishidev macrumors regular

    Dec 3, 2007
    Who wants hue? :D
    Good to see Philips experimenting with idea like this
  22. prowlmedia Suspended

    Jan 26, 2010
    Sooo you are on this website... why? Oh the name says it all.
  23. alexandr macrumors regular


    Nov 11, 2005
    i've been drooling over these, the only thing is - i switch my power off when i leave the house, and my internet is effected by it. and that takes away half of the perks... especially with this update...
  24. nuckinfutz macrumors 603


    Jul 3, 2002
    Middle Earth
    Not only I but my girlfriend both love our Hue.

    It sets the mood in the evening and the "all off" feature is nice. I'm at 5 bulbs now and need to get another 4 bulbs.

    The brightness is really depending on how you like things. I tend to dislike places that are lit up too much.

    Philips Hue now has an open API so I suspect we will get more rapid software support. Also Philips announced a BR30 (Potlight) version of the Hue software and they are also working on MR16 (those small 2" track light ) versions. I'm pretty much sold on the platform.
  25. bbeagle macrumors 68040


    Oct 19, 2010
    Buffalo, NY
    Obviously you're not a geek.

    This is REALLY COOL for the geek in me. It's a little pricy, but that's to be expected for something new like this. I have like $500 a month 'play money' to spend on toys like this, so this is cool to me.

    f $200 is too much for you, and you see no value in playing with something like this all weekend long, then it's not for you. Don't rain on other people's parades just because YOU don't like it. To each his own.

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