At WWDC this summer, Apple introduced a new function for HomeKit: Adaptive Lighting. Lamps connected via HomeKit are automatically controlled throughout the day to create the ideal lighting scene at any time. In practice, this is quite simple: to activate Adaptive Lighting, a small icon is selected in the HomeKit app via the colour selection function for the desired lamp.
In the official Hue App there is an area called Hue Labs, which is worth a look every now and then. There Philips Hue provides some experimental and seasonal features that have not yet found a permanent place in the Hue app. We are currently working on two new formulas that will make your home shine in an autumnal light.
With the launch of the new Philips Hue Play Gradient Lightstrip, the manufacturer has already announced its intention to enable colour control of the seven zones of the lightstrip via the Hue app with a future software update. Until the Gradient Lightstrip works without the Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box, a little patience is still needed.
In April I already gave you a short introduction to We Love Lights from the Mac App Store. The 3,49 Euro application is a practical extension for the menu bar to control the lamps from your Mac. After successfully connecting to the Bridge, an alphabetically sorted list of all rooms and zones appears, which can be used to control either the entire area or each individual lamp.
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.
With today’s update of iConnectHue (App Store Link) to version 4.2 there are exciting news. The team around the developer Stefan Göhler has integrated a weekend mode, which gives you even more possibilities to configure switches, motion sensors and geofencing. In this way, a switch or motion sensor can operate differently on weekdays than on weekends.
About four weeks after the big update with support for Dolby Vision, voice assistants and infrared remote controls, Signify is pushing another small update for the Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box via the Hue Sync App. You can now download version 1.11.0 of the app from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.
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.