The use of ZigBee will enable hue lighting networks to be integrated
with other ZigBee networks such as motion sensors and home thermostats,
Philips said. It also means that software updates for the hue bulbs can be provided
automatically via the Wi-Fi bridge.
Philips is planning to add
other features such as an awareness of audio and video activity and
geo-location so that bulbs will know where in the world they are and can
be told when the user is nearing home. The consumer electronics giant is also
looking to make the hue bulbs able to raise a flag when they have not
been used during a specific period or length of time, offering
possibilities associated with care of older people.
interface software development kit (SDK) is being made available to
third parties that want to develop additional functions or applications
that interact with the system. However, Philips said it would require
that all such functions and applications are tested by Philips to ensure
they are "viable."
"Philips hue is a game changer in lighting,"
said Bruno Biasiotta, CEO and president of Philips Lighting North
America, in a statement. "Just as our experiences with phones,
televisions and movies have evolved, thanks to hue, we'll never look at
or interact with lighting in the same way again. At Philips, we continue
to redefine the art of the possible with LED technology, and hue pushes
the boundaries even more, not just in offering great light quality, but
in how lighting can be digitized and integrated with our world to
further simplify and enhance our lives," he added.
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