It is now more than ten years since George Yianni had an idea that inspires us every day. Back then, at Philips Lighting, which now goes by the name Signify, he developed a web application to control Living Colors lamps. What was supposed to be a simple solution to avoid having to spend weeks building prototypes of real remote controls ended up being a whole new product.
Along with the Wall Switch Module, the Philips Hue Play Gradient Lightstrip is one of the most exciting new products in the Hue world to make it to market in recent years. Already in the coming weeks, the light strip will receive new, exciting features. So far, in order to make the seven zones of the light strip glow in different colors, the use of the Hue Sync Box or at least a sync software is necessary.
Since Thursday, the new Philips Hue app is available for iOS and Android. And there is one major criticism, especially among iPhone and iPad users: the previously available Today view widgets have been completely removed from the new Hue app. Why Signify had no other choice, I’ll explain in this article.
It’s been half a year since the new Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus with Bluetooth support hit the market. Apart from the additional wireless technology and the ability to reconnect cut-off parts with a connector, nothing significant has changed. But there is one problem: The new Lightstrip Plus cannot be connected with old extensions and the old Lightstrip Plus without Bluetooth is not compatible with the new extensions.
Just over two months ago, the Philips Hue Play Gradient Lightstrip hit the market. It is the perfect partner for the HDMI Sync Box, but in truth there is much more to it. With the light strip that can display multiple colours at the same time, Philips Hue has developed a technology that can bring us a lot more joy in the future – even outside of entertainment mode with the Sync Box.
Although there are still some workarounds if you want to control several Hue Bridges with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, it is often not really fun. Now my YouTube colleague Justin_Tech learned some interesting details in a video interview with Hue inventor George Yianni, which I would like to share with you.
Anyone who is a bit of a Philips Hue fan will have stumbled upon the name George Yianni before. The Head of Technology is considered the inventor of Philips Hue and looks back on the beginnings of the smart lighting system in a blog post. There are some interesting insights, which of course I don’t want to withhold from you on my blog.
Yesterday evening Alexa Live took place, Amazon’s developer event around the well-known language wizard. At the purely digital event, 31 new tools and functions were presented, among other things, with which developers can further improve their Alexa skills in the future. In one of the presentations George Yianni, one of the inventors of Philips Hue and current CTO at Signify, also spoke.