At the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Philips Lighting announced a number of new software features and enhancements to the Philips Hue ecosystem.
A new free, over-the-air software update, created as a result of pilots, insights and feedback gained from leading companies in the entertainment industry, synchronises Philips Hue lights perfectly with gaming, movie and music content. Razer, the world’s leading lifestyle brand for gamers, is the first partner to go live.
Accompanying the new Hue Entertainment functionality, Philips Lighting will introduce Hue Sync, an application that will run on any Windows 10 or macOS High Sierra-based computer, in Q2 2018. Philips Hue Sync creates immediate, immersive light scripts for any game, movie or music played on the computer, so consumers can enjoy the content they are playing, watching or listening to even more.
“Since the start, Philips Hue has been about turning everyday lighting into extraordinary experiences. We are taking this to the next level with the rollout of Hue Entertainment, the announcement of our first content partner and the upcoming launch of the Hue Sync app,” said Chris Worp, Business Group Leader Home at Philips Lighting. “Our first step is with gaming, the largest segment in the entertainment industry, followed by movie and audio integrations. To take this even further and realize the full potential of the combination of light and entertainment, we are giving the developer community access to our Philips Hue Entertainment API and tools. We look forward to see the creativity developers will apply to our new applications to make the most of Hue’s immersive power.”
The new app will improve daily use, and ensure seamless setup and integration of Hue accessories and new Philips Hue Entertainment partnership integrations. The interface will also enable consumers to instantly access their last used scenes and to easily group lights and select their desired colour temperature or colour.
In summer 2018, Philips Lighting will take the Philips Hue experience outside the home with the debut of an outdoor line. This new line of products will let consumers get more out of their exterior lighting by allowing them to personalise their ambience for any moment outside, whether simply relaxing with family or entertaining friends. It will also increase their peace of mind when arriving home or while away.