● Close cooperation with Apple Inc.
The Internet of Things (IoT), which connects home appliances and things around us to the Internet and links them with smartphones, is a field that has been booming in recent years. However, there are different apps for each product, so we had to manage each one.
The new version of Philips Hue is compatible with Apple's smart home standard "Apple Home Kit". Apple HomeKit is like a unified standard for IoT products, and products that comply with it can be managed collectively or linked with each other. For example, you can turn on the lights, turn on the air conditioner, boil water, etc. just by instructing "Get up" on your iPhone. Philips Hue, which has become even easier to use with iOS products, and the editorial department have also experienced it at the recital as soon as possible!
● You can do this with "Philips Hue"
Launched in 2013, Philips Hue allows you to customize various things such as lighting ON / OFF, brightness, color, timer settings, etc. using a dedicated app. More than 16 million colors can be expressed, and settings can be made according to the scene such as "reading a book", "motivating", and "concentrating". This alone is epoch-making compared to conventional lighting.
Furthermore, in the new version, voice control using the iOS application "Siri" is possible. All you have to do is tell Siri "dim the light" or "turn the lamp red" and you can operate it without touching it.
It also supports remote control such as turning on the light at home for pets while in the office. You can manage the lighting throughout your house wherever you are.
● That person is also using it! How to use "Philips Hue"
At the recital held at the Apple Store Ginza, IT journalist Nobuyuki Hayashi and mentalist DaiGo, who have been using Philips Hue for a long time, appeared as guests. We talked about how to use the product.
Mr. Hayashi says that when he is at home, he concentrates on his work without looking at the time. It seems that the color of the lighting is changed according to the weather so that you can see the outside, and it blinks at a certain time so that it is not sloppy.
On the other hand, DaiGo says that he sets the psychologically optimal lighting according to the time of day. Furthermore, it is said that it is installed near the eyes and awakened by lighting instead of an alarm. The new product has been powered up from the conventional maximum light intensity of 600lm to 800lm, so it is recommended more and more.
● Started selling at Apple stores nationwide
The new version of the product will be available as an out-of-the-box Philips Hue Starter Kit v2, as well as the bridge needed to integrate the lamp with Apple HomeKit. Available stores are Apple Stores and Apple Online Stores nationwide. If you are already using the product, you can try the new version just by adding a bridge.
Lighting is no longer just a waste of brightening the room! Why don't you feel free to adopt IoT at home and enjoy various usages?