Approval documents already suggested it at the beginning of the year, then yesterday the first product photos surfaced. Signify, the manufacturer of Philips Hue, will launch a smart home camera. However, not in the Hue cosmos, but for the independently operating WiFi system of the WiZ brand.
Works with Nest has since been discontinued
However, the topic of Philips Hue and camera is not entirely new. Until Google neutered its interfaces a few years ago, it was possible to link smart cameras and even smoke detectors from Nest with Philips Hue light bulbs via the “Works with Nest” programme. As soon as a camera or smoke detector detected something, Hue light bulbs in the house could easily be switched on.
With current smart home systems such as HomeKit or Alexa, it is also relatively easy to connect cameras and lamps from different manufacturers, including Philips Hue, of course. What sounds like child's play to us, however, is perhaps already one hurdle too many for newcomers.
From this perspective, it is quite obvious that WiZ is now launching a “Home Monitoring Starter Kit”. Camera and light source are combined directly in one app. Would this also be something for Philips Hue? After all, our favourite brand belongs to the same manufacturer as WiZ.