Watching ‘Sharknado’ with Syfy Sync and Philips Hue
Once I open my mailbox, I typically discover Amazon packages that I do not keep in mind ordering. However at the moment’s shock was a DVD of Sharknado, a film I completely didn’t buy. My first intuition was to contact Amazon and alter my password, however then I discovered a word inside: “So that you can check out the brand new Syfy Sync app together with your Philips Hue lights.” Wait, what? A fast net search cleared issues up fairly shortly — the newest Syfy Sync app allows full management of a Hue bridge (and related lights) on the identical community. The film, app and lights work collectively, in principle, to deliver you a extra immersive leisure expertise.
So I started a determined seek for a laptop computer with a DVD drive. I discovered a decade-previous Dell in my closet, however as soon as it lastly booted up, I found that it could not learn the film. Luckily, the app works with any model of the movie, so I began streaming it from Netflix on my MacBook. After a number of iPad reboots and a few extra twiddling with the app, it began to vary the colour of my lights each few seconds. Some pairings made sense, like shiny purple to match an exploding shark, however there have been loads of missed alternatives, like flashing my lights when an ambulance got here on display. The expertise is as tacky because the movie itself — there’s loads of room for enchancment, however in case you have Hue and the newest model of Syfy Sync, it is value making an attempt as soon as.
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