Philips have announced a new app for Windows 10 and MacOS called Hue Sync. The app syncs your Hue lights to match what is on the screen or sync up with music playback back. It should give you an impressive experience when playing games of watching movies. There is already a great 3rd party Windows 10 app for Philips Hue called HueDynamic which has similar features but it’s good to see official support. Hopefully it won’t be to long before the Xbox One gets Hue Sync support.
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, 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.”
Philips also announced that an updated Hue app will ship later this year with a redesigned user interface.
Early in Q2 2018, Philips Hue will introduce a redesigned Hue app for both iOS and Android. Based on comments, feedback and ideas from Philips Hue users, the redesign will enhance both existing and new features, to help consumers light their home smarter with even more ease. 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 simply group lights and select their desired color temperature or color.
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