Hue, the connected light bulb system from Philips, just got a major update with a host of new features now available for the interactive lights.
Version 1.1 of the Hue app for iOS is available as a free download in the Apple App Store and brings with it seemingly unlimited ways to use household lights for things other than lighting up the house. The new version of the app integrates a partnership with IFTTT, which allows users to create macros, giving the bulbs an unlimited number of functions.
Users can create macros, which tell the bulb to glow a certain color when rain is approaching and flash or change color when they get a new Facebook notification or a calendar appointment is approaching. Users can also activate an alarm tool to wake them up in the morning, or a timer function that will change the light settings when time is up. The alarms can also now be set on a weekly recurring schedule and with a random offset for the start and end time.
Another newly included feature is geofencing, which is a handy feature when it comes to energy savings. Hue 1.1 uses a consumer’s smartphone GPS for the geofencing, allowing the app to know when a user is approaching or leaving the house. The app can be set to turn the lights on when approaching and shut the lights off when leaving.