Philips Hue receives a new application and with the fourth generation, there is an increased accumulation on automation with an easier control with multiple bulbs, lamps and bridges. It has been a long time since the HUE has been launched for the first time in 2012, and since then, the range of lights has increased considerably – with the expectations of how these lights act at home.
Philips HUE 4.0 aims to corrge them in a more user-friendly user interface. It starts with a reworked home tab, with all the lights and scenes exposed in tiles that also indicate the current color and brightness.
It is also faster, with a more immediate reaction of both application and accessories such as switches of Hue and remote controls. There is also a gallery of hue scenes, bringing the selection of curved lighting presets in advance. You can press a scene in this catalog to preview it instantly, and then tap “Add to My Scenes” to pin with the Home tab.
In the meantime, a new user interface in the room also includes scenes and lights in the same screen. This is not the only reduction in tab switching: the individual settings of the lights, rooms and areas can also be addressed there, without sending yourself under submenus on the Settings page. If, for example, you want to add a new light to a room, you can do it in the part tab.
The color selector has also been updated, which facilitates the selection of individual lights in groups. There is also a left-handed mode, which moves the user interface to select one hand with the opposite hand less of a stretch.
For more advanced users, on the other hand, there are a number of new features of the application. There is now easy switching between several hue bridges, for example, useful if you have multiple in a house – one to control indoor lights, perhaps, while others control these people outdoors – Or if you have bridges hue in two properties. SIGNIFICATION says there is no theoretical limit on the number of bridges that an application can handle.
Perhaps the biggest change, however, is the introduction of automation. Replacing routines, the new tab pulls the entire Smart Scene command in a fresh UI, supplementing more tips on how to create and modify automations. The parameters are also more granulated at HUE 4.0.
For example, as well as sunrise and sunset, you can now mix these triggers with time and there is also support for compensation. For example, you could have exterior lights over 15 minutes before sunset, then turn off at midnight automatically. Or, you could have trigger lights from the sunrise that goes off, which adjusts the amount of death time too, then extinguishing an hour later. Just support the time of randomize slightly, to bring up an unoccupied house to be more realistic while you are away.
Multi-user geofencing now includes a check to see if another Hue user is home before the automation is triggered: so your spouse will not suddenly be left in the dark just because you entered outside the Geofence area.
Hue Labs, the experimental portion of the lighting system, has now been moved in an “Other” section of automation. As for the entertainment section, which has been upgraded with a new real-time 3D light selector indicating where each bulb is, as well as its color and brightness. This should facilitate the configuration of a multimedia area to work with the HUE PLAY HDMI Sync box.
Come summer, would signify add a dynamic scene support. There, the lights will move through a series of thematic colors rather than staying settled on a single scene. This is the first of a number of updates that the company claims to be activated by the completely rebuilt application.
Hue 4.0 will start moving today, although it can be a week until the progressive deployment is complete, indicate. It will be available for iOS and Android users, and when you open the new application, you will be surmounted by the migration of your lights, your existing rooms and routines.