With the launch of the Philips Hue App 5.0, the Dutch manufacturer has introduced a new Security Center. In addition to the new Hue Secure cameras and Hue Secure contact sensors, the Hue motion sensors, which have been available for a long time, also get a new task there. If the system is armed, which is usually the case when you are not at home, you can receive a push message on your smartphone when a motion detector detects a movement – i.e.
After the wired versions of the Philips Hue Secure Camera could already be ordered a few weeks ago and will start shipping this week, we have to wait a little longer for the wireless version with integrated battery. If you want to integrate a Hue Secure Camera into your Smart Home without a fixed power connection, there is now good news: The wireless Hue Secure Camera is now available for pre-order for 249.99 euros in black and white in the Hue Online Shop.
Just in time for the launch of the Philips Hue Secure cameras, mine made its way yesterday evening, the manufacturer has released another update for its app. From now on you can download Philips Hue version 5.2 from the App Store or Google Play Store. You can count the new stuff on two or three fingers this time.
If you have lost a power cable of a light strip or need new mounts for your Lightbars, Philips Hue now has the right spare parts on offer. After the announcement in September, the official spare parts can now be ordered in the Hue online shop. For example, you can get mounts for the Philips Hue Play Gradient Light Strip including new adhesive strips or a charging station for the Hue Go.
Almost a month ago, iOS 17 was launched and Apple finally allows interactive widgets on the home screen. In a nutshell, this means that actions can now be performed in widgets without having to open the corresponding app. This is exactly why Philips Hue removed widgets from the iPhone and iPad a few years ago and has not yet presented a new solution.
In a little more than three weeks it will be time for Halloween. And what is still a relatively small affair here in Germany is celebrated in the USA, for example. Of course, you can provide the right lighting with Philips Hue. The Halloween scenes launched last year are now available again in the Philips Hue app.
I greet you one last time from Greece, which is quite windy today, before I return home tomorrow. One child is asleep, the other is at the mini-club – enough time for a little article for you. Today I would like to take a first look at Hue Log, a new Mac app by developer Stefan Pettersson.
About two years ago, Philips Hue introduced a new API. API stands for Application Programming Interface and is an interface through which apps can send commands to the Hue Bridge to perform certain actions. In development, however, there are still major restrictions, as Stefan Göhler, the developer of iConnectHue, told me in conversation.
I actually didn't think it would be such a big deal: Philips Hue wants to make registration with an account for the in-house system mandatory. I have always used Philips Hue with an account, but many of you actually don't want to. In a small survey, more than 60 percent of the participating readers said they would prefer to use the Hue system without an account.
Late last year, Philips Hue introduced the Natural Light feature. A 24-hour scene that adjusts colour temperature throughout the day, always providing the optimal white light for your well-being: Cool, activating white tones in the morning and relaxing warm white in the evening. In the last few months, the smart scene has already received several updates, including the ability to switch between time periods faster or slower if desired.