Just yesterday I was able to tell you that Philips Hue will launch its own smart home camera. This was leaked by Eric Rondolat, the CEO of the manufacturer Signify, during the announcement of the quarterly figures. However, as I know by now, Philips Hue’s new security system will not consist of just one camera.
Four different Philips Hue cameras starting at 199.95 euros
Philips Hue will launch several cameras at once, three of them even in black and white. While not much is known about the technical details, the presumed prices have already been leaked. I can also tell you that at least one of the cameras is equipped with a rechargeable battery and will therefore work without an external power supply.
- Hue Camera Wired (black/white) for 199,95 Euro
- Hue Camera Wired Desktop (black/white) for 229,99 Euro
- Hue Camera Battery (black/white) for 249,95 Euro
- Hue Flood Light Camera for 349,95 Euro
Contact sensors in two different colours
The Hue security system of lights and cameras is complemented by a new contact sensor. I am assuming the usual hardware here, i.e. a sensor module and a magnet – very similar to the example shown on the cover picture above. The way it works should be quickly explained: If a door or window is opened, the sensor registers the new status and can switch on a light, for example. Philips Hue will sell the contact sensor in black and white.
- Hue Contact Sensor (black/white) for 39,95 Euro
- Hue Contact Sensor Twin Pack (black/white) for 69,95 Euro
Philips Hue delivers 12-volt spots for the first time
MR16 spots with GU5.3 bases are very popular, especially in bathrooms and when using cable systems, mostly installed behind a 12 volt transformer. Until now, if you wanted to make such lighting smart, you had to use to third-party lights. Now Philips Hue will also bring such small MR16 spots onto the market.
- Hue White Ambiance 12V MR16 Spot
- Hue White Ambiance 12V MR16 Spot Twin Pack for 64,95 Euro
- Hue White and Color Ambiance 12V MR16 Spot for 64,95 Euro
- Hue White and Color Ambiance 12V MR16 Spot Twin Pack for 109,95 Euro
Hue Festavia string lights now twice as long
The Hue Festavia string lights, which was launched last year, returns this autumn. And here I have some bad news for you: While the chain of lights cost 159.95 euros last year, the list price will most likely rise to 219.95 euros. In addition to the 20-metre-long chain of lights with 250 LEDs, there will be a version twice as long with 500 LEDs, which will probably cost 359.95 euros. Those are pretty steep prices – but at least there is the possibility of a price reduction in the shops.
- Hue Festavia string lights 250 LEDs for 219,95 Euro
- Hue Festavia string lights 500 LEDs for 359,95 Euro
A third variant, possibly a shorter light chain, could be offered exclusively in the online shop of Philips Hue.
What else could be coming
After official product photos surfaced, there have been rumours about a second-generation Hue Play HMDI Sync Box for some time. Whether this will be introduced in August or September, I cannot say exactly. I think the return of the discontinued Lightguide models is rather unlikely.
The Matter integration, which was promised last year but postponed in spring, is still open. Philips Hue could provide new information on this during the product presentation.