Actually, I assumed that Philips Hue would not present its new products until Thursday. However, Philips Hue has already presented the first two new products at the Smart Home League event, in which other well-known brands such as Tado and Ring also took part. So far there are no surprises, but I would like to bring you up to date.
I already told you last week that we can still look forward to some surprises from the Hue warehouse. At Signify, the preparations for the launch seem to be in full swing now.
A test page for the upcoming version 3.42 of the official Philips Hue App says: “Come back on September 3.
While Philips Hue will be launching a whole load of new products next week, Innr is content with a small new release for the IFA season. In the coming weeks, a GU10 spotlight will be launched to provide improved illumination.
Purely in terms of technical data, the Innr RS 226 model will not differ from the already available white spots marked RS 225.
The year 2020 is a very special one, we should all have noticed that by now. Actually, I would have left next week to visit the International Consumer Electronics Fair in Berlin for the tenth time in a row. This year, it is taking place on a much smaller scale and as a pure press event.
Today I would like to deal with a topic that may have occupied you. At least if you use the Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box. The Hue Sync App is required to use it, but the entertainment area is still set up and managed via the normal Hue App.
Last year, the Philips Hue Bluetooth App was also added, allowing newcomers to control up to ten lamps via direct connection.
It is a long time since everything that has Philips written on it has also had Philips in it. Today we want to take care of the two best known examples and a resulting problem. Philips televisions are actually made by TP Vision – and Philips Hue has already split off from Philips as a Signify company.
On Thursday Philips Hue distributed an update for the Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box. The update to version 1.5.3 can now be downloaded to the device via the software update in the Hue Sync App.
Here first a look at the release notes:
Introduced native support for Harmony remotes
Introduced a Wi-Fi status screen in the Hue Sync mobile app
Improved letterboxing detection
Improved automatic updates
Fixed a crash related to mDNS
General IR improvements
Changed the default Hue sync box name to “Sync Box”
Changed the LED indicator’s behavior while lights are dimmed
In cases of multiple Wi-Fi access points, the Hue sync box will now connect to the strongest access point
The introduction of native support for the Harmony remote is certainly interesting, although unfortunately I can’t yet say exactly how this will manifest itself in practice.
The Friends of Hue switches have been on the market for almost two years now. Philips Hue and EnOcean supply the technology, and various manufacturers supply the matching plastic parts to ensure that the Friends of Hue switches match the respective switch ranges. Among others, Gira, Busch-Jaeger and Jung are among the manufacturers involved.
In the first half of the year I have already reported on the Friends of Hue module, which the Asian manufacturer Sunricher has produced. It has exactly the same dimensions as the official EnOcean module used in the Friends of Hue switches.
EnOcean is known to use energy harvesting technology to power its module.
It’s an issue that has raised questions since the introduction of Hue Sync. Why doesn’t Philips Hue offer its Sync app for Android TV or Apple TV? This is exactly the question we want to address today.
First of all, the bitter news for all Apple users: The restrictions of tvOS are so strict that a Sync app that analyzes the running picture of Apple TV is not possible at all.