In recent months, Philips Hue has released a new update every two or three weeks at the latest. Since the update to version 5.6 in mid-December, however, things have become quieter. Instead, version 5.7 has now been skipped and the update to version 5.8 has been released straight away.
Although the Hue app has not been completely overhauled over the holidays, we can still look forward to some new functions. I have summarised the new features for you.
More options for the Hue wall switch module
All switches have another new function: you can use them to control the entire home, but exclude individual rooms. Previously, control was always restricted to a limited number of rooms.
Philips Hue wall switch module
$44.99 / £39.99 / €44,99
Organising scenes more easily
Do you simply have too many scenes in some rooms? You can now configure them even more easily in the Hue app: You can create folders in the room view and store multiple scenes there. To do this, simply tap on the icon with the three dots in the room view and then on “Edit room”. Then select at least one scene and click on “Group” at the bottom.
Innovations around Hue Secure
Some filters have been added to the timeline in the Secure area of the Hue app. You can now filter the list not only by camera and date, but also by AI events. Recognised persons, vehicles, animals, parcels or other movements are available for selection. Of course, you need a Hue Secure camera for this.
Mimic Presence, the presence simulation, can also be activated automatically when you switch on Hue Secure.
Philips Hue Secure Camera
from $199.99 / €199.99 / £174.99
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