Philips Hue, the innovative and intelligent house illumination system, is getting additional support for Apple’s HomeKit, along with a voice control option for Siri.
The recent Bridge 2.0 version, paired with the latest App 1.1, lets customers to log into the HomeKit’s platform and manage their house light with the help of Siri, Apple’s virtual assistant. According to the company, customers will be able to voice their instructions to Siri, like dimming the desk light to 50% or turning on the room light. The function is available on all Apple’s devices: iPhones, iPods and iPads working with iOS 9, and also on the company’s smart watch.
The HomeKit system represents Apple’s effort to take advantage of what seems to become a large intelligent home market in the future. Application and physical component designers can connect their items to the HomeKit and allow customers to manage their gadgets directly through iOS commands. It currently functions with a variety of smart home items, such as thermostats, hair driers, electrical connectors, switches and many more things that can be currently encountered in almost any American residence.
Philips Hue has easily become one of the main companies in the smart home illumination domain. The organization’s Hue system has starter kits comprised of three lights, in addition to the Bridge option that links the bulbs and lets users to manage them as they wish. Former models of the system did not have a HomeKit incorporated within their internal structure. However, the organization was quick to observe that, if current users buy the newer version of the Bridge 2.0, this will continue to work with previously bought lights. Bridge 2.0 is also compatible with the rest of HomeKit enabled gadgets.
The users can ask their virtual assistant to illuminate their house, turn on the Philips Hue lighting and adjust the temperature range for a relaxed environment. At evening, they can ask the program to record certain scenarios by using Hue’s memory access and to set the house to different modes by adjusting the lighting and securing the home’s entrance.
The second version of Philips Hue Bridge 2.0 will be released in the United States and European countries during this week. Clients who already have an original Bridge can purchase the new model for just $40, while those searching for a new HomeKit will receive the Bridge 2.0 with three bulbs for $200.
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