Hueblog: Hue founder George Yianni explains challenges of Alexa development

Hue founder George Yianni explains challenges of Alexa development

Reduce latency and increase reliability

Yesterday evening Alexa Live took place, Amazon’s developer event around the well-known language wizard. At the purely digital event, 31 new tools and functions were presented, among other things, with which developers can further improve their Alexa skills in the future.

In one of the presentations George Yianni, one of the inventors of Philips Hue and current CTO at Signify, also spoke. In just over 10 minutes, Yianni explained what the biggest challenges Philips Hue faced in developing the Alexa Skills were.


While cloud control didn’t have to work very fast in the early years of Philips Hue, because you couldn’t see the light when you controlled it on the go, this point changed tremendously with the launch of the first Echo devices. You can see how Philips Hue managed to reduce the reaction time more and more in the following video. The stuff about Philips Hue starts at 26:20 minutes – I’ve already set a marker for you.


In den letzten Jahren habe ich mich zu einem echten Experten in Sachen Hue & HomeKit entwickelt. Mittlerweile habe ich über 50 Lampen und zahlreiche Schalter im Einsatz. In meinem kleinen Blog teile ich meine Erfahrungen gerne mit euch.

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