Philips Updates Hue iOS App To Include Geo-Fencing, Timers, And IFTTT Support

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Philips Hue lightbulbs have quickly become one of our favorite iPhone accessories for the home. Not only can change your lighting to fit any mood, you can also create light shows with your music, and now Philips is adding some new features to the bulbs to make them even more powerful.

Philips released a new update for its Philips Hue app for iOS today that adds a number of features including geo-fencing, timers, alarms, and IFTTT support.

Here’s a video of some of the new features:

With Hue 1.1 you can setup a geo-fence so that your lights automatically switch on when you get close to your house and then turn off when you leave. If you only want your Hue bulbs to come on when it’s dark outside, there’s no an option for that too.

The big update for Hue 1.1 though is that the bulbs are more connected to the Internet than ever thanks to IFTTT support. Now you can set your bulbs can tell you if it’s raining, flash whenever your favorite sports team scores, or alert you if you have new email.

Hue combined with IFTTT adds a whole new dimension to what you can do with the smart bulbs, and thanks to the developer SDK Philips released last month, we’re pretty excited to see what cool stuff people come up with next. Philips Hue 1.1 is available in the App Store for free right now.

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  • robraden

    It’s worth mentioning that Hue is open source, which means other developers are building on top of it While this thing seems like silly geekery, it’s actually really awesome. I own it and found an app for my Mac that puts a lightbulb icon in my menubar. Click the bulb and I get a menu of lighting options (I made bright lighting for work, softer lighting with a slight orange tint for ambiance, very dark lighting from one lamp only for movie night, and very dim lighting for times when I get up in the middle of the night. They’re all in my Mac’s menu bar, and they’re all on my iPhone via a Hue app. I’m actually blown away by how practical of an item this Hue thing turned out to be.

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