It was almost exactly ten years ago that Philips Hue was officially launched. On 30 October 2012, Signify, then still operating under the name Philips Lighting, introduced the first starter set consisting of three E27 light bulbs and bridge as well as an accompanying iPhone app. As a real premium product, sales started exclusively in the Apple Store at that time.
On 3 November, the time has come: Matter is finally to take off. To this end, the Connectivity Standards Alliance has specially invited to a media event in Amsterdam, where various manufacturers will present their Matter solutions. It is supposed to become the new smart home standard. What exactly is Matter?
This autumn, it is hopefully time: The new smart home standard Matter is to launch and be able to connect a wide variety of devices. At the same time, we users should be able to decide for ourselves which apps we want to use to control the system. The Matter standard will also support Philips Hue – but not directly via the light bulbs, only via the bridge.
Just under a week ago, Philips Hue launched Dynamic Scenes. In the current version of the Hue app, you only have to select a scene from the Hue light scenes gallery to make a play button visible with which the dynamic scene can be started. So far, however, the change between the different colours is so slow that some users even think that the dynamic scenes do not work properly at all.
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.