Actually, it was supposed to be ready in spring, but in the end it took a little longer than planned. In the context of the IFA announcement, Philips Hue has now announced that the Matter update for the Hue Bridge, which was promised last year, will be rolled out in September.
The update will make all previously available Hue products, whether lamps, switches or sensors, compatible with the new Matter standard and will then be able to integrate even more easily with Matter products from other manufacturers in other apps. All communication with the Matter protocol takes place via the Hue Bridge.
Hue Secure Cam will also get Matter support
The Philips Hue smart home cameras introduced today will also receive Matter support. However, patience is still needed here: the Matter standard does not yet include any cameras. The manufacturers must first agree on a precise specification before the cameras can be certified.
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As George Yianni, the inventor of Philips Hue, reports, with luck the cameras will be equipped with Matter next year at the earliest and will then also be compatible with HomeKit.
After the launch of the new Hue Secure product range, support for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant will be added first. When communicating with corresponding end devices, for example an Echo Show, the otherwise active end-to-end encryption will be deactivated for this transmission.
New in North America: Hue Centris and Hue Perifo
With Philips Hue Perifo track lighting, you can become your home’s personal lighting designer. Perifo is a new line from Philips Hue that comprises individual rails and lights that fit together to make a fully customizable track. You choose the layout, length of the track, and light fixtures to get full control over the way you light your home. The track can be attached to the wall by plugging in the power supply or on the ceiling by wiring it directly into your home’s electricity. Choose from pendants, spotlights, light bars, and light tubes and click them easily into the track. Available in black or white, Perifo is available as separate components or preselected into kits.
Philips Hue Centris is a unique and innovative combination ceiling spotlight that features colorful light. The diffused main ceiling light illuminates the whole room, while 350-degree adjustable spotlights can be angled to highlight parts of the room. Each light can be set and controlled individually with the Philips Hue app.