Developer Uses Siri To Control Phillips Hue Lights

Check this video out – it’s a developer who’s used a Siri development plugin to control his Phillips Hue IP-controllable light bulbs. While the video is short, the guy who did it, Brandon Evans, has posted the code and instructions needed to make it happen on your own iPad, assuming you know what he’s talking about.

Evan has this to say about the project:

The Philips Hue hardware was first intriguing to me because they explicitly mention that it’s a ZigBee certified product on the packaging and labels. ZigBee is a wireless technology that is different from WiFi in a few important ways: Low power, equivalent range and intended for light data mesh networks. It’s popular with DIY hardware makers (think Arduinos) for this reason, as well as that it’s much cheaper than WiFi modules. It seems like it may be the wireless standards of choice for consumer home automation systems that are coming to market. As an example, the Nest thermostat was also found to have ZigBee hardware inside, although it isn’t supported in software yet. Because of all this I wanted to see exactly what hardware Philips was using, and if it would be possible to replicate the Hue system.

Looks like a great first step to using off-the-shelf technology to control home systems. Bravo, Mr. Evans!

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  • iMonkey

    This is awesome. I’m wicked lazy and would love to control my lights. If only I could afford these bulbs :(

  • jpadhiyar

    This must be the next level of technological marriage. I remember I was surprised with Siri, and then with the Philips Hue lights.. now mixing them both, I’m really really amazed. Would be nice if someone developed this into an app. Also, does this change the colors of the lights too?

  • patrickahles

    PhiLips, with one L. It is not a screw.

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