After the Philips Hue Wall Switch Module launched three weeks ago, the app scene got moving for the first time last week: Hue Essentials delivered initial support for the new accessory. However, I quickly had to find out: The whole implementation is not yet really suitable for practical use. I am all the more curious to see how things stand with the most popular app for iPhone and iPad.
Since the weekend, the third-party app Hue Essentials offers initial support for the Philips Hue Wall Switch Module. I found some time this morning to take a closer look at the update and would like to tell you about my first impressions. And unfortunately, they are not positive, even though I would have liked them to be.
Since today you can order the new Philips Hue dimmer switch, with the availability in Germany it still looks bad. While users in France or Belgium were partly already delivered, I’m still waiting for my order. I tried it via the Proshop, here the new dimmer switches should be shipped from Wednesday.
The industrious developer Stefan Göhler has once again released a new update for his popular app iConnectHue. In the universal app for iPhone and iPad, which currently costs 5.49 euros, you will now find a new animation package. Here’s what the developer has to say about these new animations: “iConnectHue 4.4 adds new year animations, which are somehow special, as we tweaked iConnectHue’s animation system to be able to make the bridge do rapid changes to the lights.
Philips Hue is at home on the smartphone and tablet, there is no doubt about that. I use the Hue app almost exclusively on the iPhone, even on the iPad I hardly ever open the app. But there are certainly some users out there who would like to access the Hue app on the Mac.
At WWDC this summer, Apple introduced a new function for HomeKit: Adaptive Lighting. Lamps connected via HomeKit are automatically controlled throughout the day to create the ideal lighting scene at any time. In practice, this is quite simple: to activate Adaptive Lighting, a small icon is selected in the HomeKit app via the colour selection function for the desired lamp.
In the official Hue App there is an area called Hue Labs, which is worth a look every now and then. There Philips Hue provides some experimental and seasonal features that have not yet found a permanent place in the Hue app. We are currently working on two new formulas that will make your home shine in an autumnal light.
Especially with the Nest Protect smoke detector, I always found the interaction with Philips Hue lamps particularly exciting, even if the emergency hopefully never occurs: as soon as smoke and a possible danger is detected, all Hue lamps throughout the house should switch on. A function which, thanks to Works with Nest, could be implemented without any major problems.
With the launch of the new Philips Hue Play Gradient Lightstrip, the manufacturer has already announced its intention to enable colour control of the seven zones of the lightstrip via the Hue app with a future software update. Until the Gradient Lightstrip works without the Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box, a little patience is still needed.
In April I already gave you a short introduction to We Love Lights from the Mac App Store. The 3,49 Euro application is a practical extension for the menu bar to control the lamps from your Mac. After successfully connecting to the Bridge, an alphabetically sorted list of all rooms and zones appears, which can be used to control either the entire area or each individual lamp.