Just earlier this week I informed you that the Hue switches now also appear in the Alexa app as Smart Home devices. However, there wasn’t much you could do with the switches in the Alexa app yet. This has changed today, because the individual buttons of the switches can now be used as triggers for Alexa routines.
With the introduction of Matter, Philips Hue wants to finally change the course here sometime in spring, the story should be settled anyway. Perhaps they are already the harbingers. In the Alexa app, switches from Philips Hue are currently showing up, at least for the first time. So if you take a look at the devices section of the Alexa app and are surprised that suddenly numerous new devices have been found, then these could be accessories such as the Philips Hue dimmer switch or the Hue Tap Dial Switch.
Matter has been with us for several years now. Formerly known as Connected Home over IP or CHIP, the new smart home standard aims to make the connected future much easier. In principle, all the major partners from the electronics world are involved, including Apple, Google, Amazon, Samsung and Ikea. And Signify with Philips Hue and WiZ is also one of Matter’s supporters.
A few months ago, I was able to give you the first details about the Violet SmartSwitch. In the meantime, the project has progressed further and on the website of the British manufacturer, pre-orders for an EU version (round switch boxes) of the Violet SmartSwitch can already be placed. Unfortunately, the whole thing is not quite cheap, but in return you get a rather unique control option.
Especially with the Nest Protect smoke detector, I always found the interaction with Philips Hue lamps particularly exciting, even if the emergency hopefully never occurs: as soon as smoke and a possible danger is detected, all Hue lamps throughout the house should switch on. A function which, thanks to Works with Nest, could be implemented without any major problems.