Philips Hue gets new applications, and with the fourth generation there is an increase in focus on automation along with easier control of some tubers, lights and bridges. It’s been a long time since Hue’s first launched in 2012, and since then various lights have increased rapidly – along with the expectations of how smart the lights act at home.
Philips Hue 4.0 aims to correct them all become more user friendly UI. It starts with a veranda tab that is reworked, with all the lights and scenes in the tile show which also shows the current color and brightness.
It’s faster, too, with more direct reactions from the application and from accessories such as hue dimmer switches and remote. There is also a Hue view gallery, bringing the corresponding preset selection that is curated forward. You will be able to tap the scene in the catalog to see it directly, and then press “Add to my scene” to show it to the veranda tab.
Meanwhile, the new In-Room UI, also includes both scenes and lights on the same screen. This is not the only reduction tab-switching: individual settings for lights, rooms, and zones can also be overcome there without sending you to submenus settings pages. If, for example, you want to add new hue light to a room, you can do it in the room tab.
Color voters have also been updated, making it easier to choose individual lights in the group. There is also left-handed mode, which shifts UI around to make it choose one hand with the opposite hand less than stretch.
For more advanced users, meanwhile, there are a number of new application features. Now there is still an easy transition between several hue bridges, for example, useful if you have some in one house – one to control the lights in the room, maybe, while others control people outdoors – or if you have a hue bridge in two Property. Signification says there is no theoretical limit on how many bridges can be handled by the application.
Maybe the biggest change, is the introduction of automation. Replacing a routine, the new tab attracts all intelligent scene controls to new UI, complete with more guidelines in how to create and modify automation. The arrangement is more granular in Hue 4.0.
For example, as well as sunrise and set up you can now mix the trigger with time, and there is support for offset too. You can, for example, has an outdoor lamp coming 15 minutes before sunset, and then automatically dies in the middle of the night. Or, you can have a sunrise trigger that fades, adjust the amount of faded time too, and then switch one hour later. There is support to scramble a little time too, to make an empty house look more alive when you leave.
Multi-user geofencing now includes checks to see if there are other Hue users at home before automation are triggered: So, your partner will not be suddenly left in the dark just because you step out of the zone of Geofence.
Hue Labs, the experimental part of the lighting system, has now been transferred to the “other” section in automation. The entertainment parts, which have been enhanced with new real-time 3D light voters show where each bulb, along with his color and brightness. It must make a media zone configure to work with the Hue Play HDMI synchronization box easier.
Coming summer, indicating will increase the support of dynamic scenes. There, the lights will shift through a series of themed colors, rather than remain set to one scene. This is the first of a number of updates that the company said will be activated by the application that is fully rebuilt.
Hue 4.0 will start rolled out of today, even though it can be a week until gradually deposited finished, Signification said. It will be available for iOS and Android users, and when you first open your new application will run through the migration of lights, rooms, settings, and your routines.