In a few weeks Philips Hue will release a completely new app for iPhone, iPad and Android devices. I've already given you some general info and a first look at the improved entertainment areas, but today we want to take a look at the automations. In any case, this is the new name of the previous routines.
Up to now, some of the routines were a real cramp. For example, until now you had to create two separate routines if you wanted to switch on the light at sunset and switch it off again at a certain time. Similarly, it was not possible to offset the time of sunrise or sunset.
This is what the new Hue app does better
All this will be solved much better and easier in the new Philips Hue app. For example, you will be able to create a routine with a start time and an end time, with the options of time of day, sunrise or sunset for both times. But that's not all: If the routine is switched on the basis of the position of the sun, you will also be able to set a time offset of up to two hours.
Another great feature is that a random time can be activated directly in the routine settings. The selected lamps will then switch on at a random time in a period of up to one hour. Of course, this is not a must, but only an option.
In addition to your own customised automations, there will be the following options: Wake up with light, Go to sleep, Come home as well as Leave home. For the latter two functions, you will be able to select the desired smartphones or tablets that can trigger the automations via the Hue app.