We've been waiting for a really long time, but now it's finally arrived: In a press release, Signify has announced that the promised major update for the Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box is now available. It includes a lot of new features that I will definitely take a closer look at over the next few days.
What a joy to see Philips Hue introduce a new generation of its GU10 spots last fall. The new White and Color Ambiance Spots have been given a more compact design, are brighter and offer improved color rendering, so they are superior to their predecessors in all respects.
Sometimes even I, as a proven Hue expert, have to start the search engine to get a simple thing done. I wanted to integrate a scene from the Hue app in HomeKit in order to use it with a HomeKit switch.
Do you know this problem as well? At home, you sit at your desk or anywhere else with your MacBook and you want to control the light. Of course you could stand up and use the dimmer switch or just use Siri on your Mac. But if you have your fingers on the trackpad anyway, you could also control the light on your Mac.
Since last summer, Philips Hue has also been offering lamps with additional Bluetooth connectivity. This is interesting for beginners and owners of the Hue Go. Hue Bluetooth products are also an interesting solution for the children's room.
About ten days ago, I asked you a question: which features do you want for Philips Hue? But as simple as the question sounds, you can't answer it in a simple way. Every user has different needs, expectations and ideas. Nevertheless, it quickly became clear that some features are high on the wish list.
As alternative to a motion detector, do you want to switch on the lamps in a room with a dimmer switch, Smart Button or Friends of Hue switch for a few minutes and then switch them off again automatically? What doesn't work with the official Hue app is no problem with third-party apps.
Last week, I reported about a firmware update for all older Hue lights without Bluetooth. After installing the update, it was possible to dim the light even more. An innovation that led to many satisfied voices. But there is also a small problem connected with it.
Have you already equipped your Bridge with the firmware version 19370450000? Then it is worth taking another look at the update section of the Hue app. There is also new software for many White Ambiance and White and Color Ambiance fixtures – Signify points this out in the release notes on the US website.