Philips Hue now responds to your Siri instructions
One of many frustrations of selecting an Web of Issues system is discovering one which performs properly with the opposite sensible home equipment in your house. Philips’ Hue lighting platform is already fairly extensible, however as we speak it is lastly gained help for an additional massive companion: Apple. With its new Homekit-enabled bridge, Philips will allow you to management your lighting by way of Siri (and supporting third-celebration apps), whether or not your bulbs are previous or new.
Philips first introduced it would combine Apple’s sensible house know-how again in June, giving it time to place the ending touches on the Hue Bridge 2.zero. This rounded field, which could possibly be mistaken for a Nest product at first look, comes full of the required Homekit hardware and options. In the event you already personal a variety of Hue merchandise, then you definitely’ll want the up to date bridge in an effort to incorporate Hue bulbs into your present Homekit setup or say issues like “Siri, dim the desk lamp to 30 %.”
The corporate does acknowledge that present customers will not need to spend an excessive amount of so as to add Siri performance to their present setup. House owners of the previous bridge will be capable of improve to the Homekit model for $forty (£33) till the top of December, whereas everybody else might want to spend $60 (£50). If you wish to go all in, the complete lighting package comes with brighter new bulbs and Bridge 2.zero for $200. All of them go on sale from tomorrow (October sixth) and can be found from Apple shops, Amazon and different supporting retailers.