March 12, 2013
| by Rachel Cericola
Late last year, Philips announced its Hue LED light bulb. Of course, the idea of light bulbs doesn’t really excite most people. However, this one has just the right touch of technology—and now more is on the way.
The company just announced plans to launch its software developer program for the Hue. Currently, Hue users can control the bulb via a smartphone or tablet. However, this new initiative will allow developers to create new applications and new support for different devices and applications.
Hue bulbs can communicate with each other using the ZigBee LightLink standard. That also means that each one can communicate with other ZigBee-based devices, including motion sensors and thermostats. Software updates are sent to the bridge and bulbs themselves, with new app options being made available through app stores or the Hue website.
Currently, the Hue app allows for pre-programmed light settings. However, the company says that there is a lot of opportunity for integration with other home devices, such as AV and even color temperature applications.
“The response Philips Hue has received from the development community has been incredibly positive and we aim to continue redefining the possibilities of light by enabling developers to create apps that customers want and need,” said Kevin Toms, SDK designer and developer advocate of Hue’s software developers’ platform. “Already Hue is sparking a digital revolution in home lighting, as well as becoming an important step towards automated, connected homes, allowing it to further integrate with our world and simplify our lives.”
Philips is currently selling the Hue at Apple stores and online. The starter kit can be had for $199, with additional bulbs priced at $59 each.
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Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.