Huey brings ambient TV lighting via app, Phillips Hue

April 7, 2014
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A neat new app was tipped to us this afternoon, and it adds a neat bit of functionality to your connected home. With the app, and some Philips Hue lightbulbs, you can create an immersive TV viewing experience. All you need to do is train your device camera on the TV, and it will monitor your screen for color changes.


The app is as simple as it sounds, as the video below shows. Perhaps the biggest problem is that you’ll have to have your device on and working through a movie, which could drain your battery quite a bit. For an hour long Game of Thrones episode, likely not so much.

All you need is a few Philips Hue bulbs tucked behind the TV, and away you go. The bulbs can be placed anywhere you like, but for a true ambient theater experience, behind the screen is best.

Is it cheaper than a typical home theater experience? It is, but that’s not saying a whole lot. The Hue bulbs aren’t cheap, but they are quite a bit more cost effective than a similar, dedicated lighting experience for your living room. The app is pretty new, but already has some great reviews.

Thanks, Alex!



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