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.
Super smart move by Philips here. Not that LED lighting that can be controlled via smartphone is new or exceptional, but teaming up with Apple is. Guaranteed way to make an impact and a profit at the same time.
the $59 is a very good price for what it can do !, I am in Australia and ou home automation system (Schneider (Clipsal in Australia)C-Bus) has just cost us $100K for the relays and installation in our new home !!, that is alot of bulbs ! and also they do not do as much as this system... on/off dim and timed !. This is really the start for IOT through the main stream channels !.
Bring it on I say !!
Just what we need, internet enabled light bulbs for hackers to play with. I give it about a week before the real fun begins.
What about using up all of the internet addresses just so that somebody can show off how cool they are controlling the lights from their phone? Wireless will be far more hacker resistant, but even there it seems to be far more a solution running around in search of a problem. Really, who needs it?
I agree that security is a vital part of the equation.
However, it is not a question of who needs it? Rather it is a question of who will pay for it ....and how much?
After all you don't really NEED electricity...you could use candles, etc., but you are prepared to pay for it.
Philips clearly think the Apple Store crowd will pay if only for five minutes fun of making their lights change color
I think we have to go beyond the sole Business case analysis. Probably the bulb cost is too high and the external gateway to be used not the best way to push the service but pls note the following BIG cultural change associated with HUE:
1) for the first time lamps (in general) becomes clinet/end points of the Home Network
2) Apple starts considering fixed/IoT services and application a nes frontier for getting revenue.
I think it is great for all the people interesetd in IoT!