Finally, someone has understood what it’s all about. After numerous smart home systems have flooded the market in recent years, it feels like just as many standards have been established. Some systems work together, but other products cannot be linked. The Connected Home over IP project is intended to address this problem.
I keep coming across questions in my email inbox and social media about which smart home devices, such as radiator thermostats, can be linked to the Hue Bridge and controlled by the Hue app. The answer in these cases is always negative because Philips Hue is a pure lighting system. However, there are ways to connect to other smart home devices without external hubs.
On Sunday, the probably biggest update of iConnectHue (App Store link) was released. There are many new features, new in-app purchases and two different subscriptions – and of course many comments under my article here in the Hueblog and also over at appgefahren.de. Understandably, user comments drift far apart.
I was allowed to announce it to you a few weeks ago and in the comments there was already a lot of discussion around it. Now it is here: the new iConnectHue. Before I will go into detail in the next few days, especially of course with the new, optional subscription model, I would like to provide you with the new features of the update today.
HomeKit, which is at home in the Apple cosmos, is a fine thing. Not only can all devices be controlled via Siri, but also complex automations can be created. They also work across several manufacturers. In this regard, Apple definitely offers more possibilities than Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. The update of the Hue app (App Store link) released this morning contains three improvements for HomeKit integration: improved synchronization with HomeKit when changes are made to the Hue app fixed a HomeKit problem where names in the Home app do not match names in the Hue app corrected a HomeKit problem where saving a scene in HomeKit would cause the “value is higher than maximum” error Luckily, I haven’t been able to find any of the three problems mentioned in connection with HomeKit.
Any Apple user who has taken a look at HomeKit will have noticed that the Philips Hue motion sensors appear as three different devices: in addition to the motion sensor, there is also measurement data on brightness and temperature. And this is exactly where problems can arise as our friends from SmartApfel have found out.
When it comes to the configuration of Philips Hue components there is no way around iConnectHue on iPhone and iPad. No other iOS application offers that many functions as German developer Stefan Göhler’s app. In 2019, there will be exciting news concerning the almost seven-year-old app. As we have learned exclusively, the developer is currently working on a completely new application: iConnectHue Pro.
Before we can provide big news regarding the Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box in October and two exciting products on the market with the new Hue Go and the Hue Smart Button, Philips Hue provides us with a small software update regarding the motion sensor. In its revised version 3.30.0 of the Hue app, more possibilities for the motion sensor were added.
A few weeks ago, we introduced you to the Lutron Aurora. The innovative switch is simply mounted over the light switch and prevents it from being activated. A great idea? Absolutely. Unfortunately with a catch: The Lutron Aurora is intended for the American market and only fits on American toggle switches.
So far, Hue Entertainment and Hue Sync have not really taken off; for example, there is still no possibility to add Ambilight-like lighting effects without a computer. Apparently, Signify does not want to leave the technology behind – as a recent update of the Hue Bridge shows. The firmware version 1933144020, released two days ago, improves the performance of Hue Entertainment when all the lamps in use are within direct radio range of the Hue Bridge.