Yesterday, I already forwarded some information about the Philips Hue Smart Button. Nevertheless, I didn’t miss the opportunity to pay a visit to the colleagues from Signify, who invited us to a hotel suite away from the IFA. The result is the following small video of the new Philips Hue Smart Button which will be on sale for 19.99 Euro during October.
Of course its low price plays a role but the Osram Smart Plug is by far the best-selling Hue-compatible product, there is little doubt about that. After looking at the matter long enough, Signify now offers its own solution: the Philips Hue Smart Plug. The smart plug with ZigBee and Bluetooth can now be ordered for 29.99 Euro and is available in most European countries, with the exception of Italy and Switzerland.
The Philips Hue Go is the only battery-powered lamp from Signify. And that’s not likely to change in the near future, but we can look forward to an exciting update. The second generation Philips Hue Go, which is planned for October, has a lot going for it. One of the main points of criticism of the first generation was certainly the fact that you could only access a few defined scenes at the push of a button away from your home ZigBee network.
It wasn’t part of the rumors that have been circulating since June: last week I discovered it for the first time and was able to cover it in our news. Now the Philips Hue Smart Button is official. But until we can use it ourselves we have to be patient – its market launch is planned for October.
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.
Last week, I drew your attention to an innovation from LIFX. The first E14 candle lamp is not just a small illuminant but in contrast to the competition it can display different colours and colour gradients. As the colleagues from HomeKitNews have now discovered, LIFX can also be used in a classic way.
You may remember the announcement from April 17th, 2019. At that time I was able to report that Signify had acquired a competing company: WiZ. The company from France and Asia had already been specializing in lamps with WiFi modules for several years. And that’s exactly what Signify seems to focus on now.
Yesterday we presented the official information, today we will show you the new lamps in a video. We have both new filament lamps on hand and gave them a first look. Both lamps are already available and can be ordered online. The golden E27 lamp costs 16.99 Euro, a double pack costs 29.99 Euro.
The website homekitnews.com has shared information about the new Xiaomi AI Alarm Clock. Visually, it is indistinguishable from the current China model, but there are a few exciting features that are not yet further specified. The alarm clock will not only work with Alexa but also support Apple Music, Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio and Philips Hue.
We did not expect such a quick release: after Philips introduced new Hue lamps with additional Bluetooth connection last month – which are already available in the USA with an E27 base – there is new information for the European market. According to the information I have received, new lamps with Bluetooth will be delivered on August 15th.