Withand even along the way, it has been a very busy summer for Philips Hue, the manufacturers of the most popular lines with color switching, app-enabled light. Today, the busy summer, with the announcement of two new Hue lights when coming later this fall.
The first new product is called Philips Hue Play, and it's essentially a 9 "bar with color changing lights that you can hold on the back of your TV, or under a cabinet. Philips also says that you can lay it on the floor to "wash the wall up to the ceiling with light", which sounds like a unique approach to smart home decor that products like these tend to represent.
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The other new product is called Philips Hue Signe, and it's a thin vertical luminaire designed to throw colored lights on your walls. A small table lamp version of Signe will cost $ 160 (about £ 125, AU $ 220) while a higher floor lamp version will set you back $ 250.
Philips tells me that each Play Starter Kit has bases that let you stand the pole up vertically so I'd be curious to see how this approach compares with the corresponding sounding Signe, which costs more than twice as much. One note: Unlike Play, using a separate power supply similar to a laptop battery, Signe comes with a standard plug – perhaps the plug-and-play simplicity will help win that little appeal.
Like other Philips Hue products, check the Play and Signe lights with the Hue app, or with voice commands through Amazon's Alexa, Google Assistant, or via Apple HomeKits Siri controls. And, like the rest of Hue's smart bulb lineup, the new products will require Hue Bridge to translate their Zigbee signals.
None of the new lights come with the bridge, which costs around $ 60 on its own, so you have to factor in the cost of getting one if you do not already have a connected router. Another option is to synchronize the lights withwhich includes a Zigbee radio and support for direct connections with Hue's lights.
Both the Play and Signe product lines seem to enhance the interest ofa recent upgrade to the Hue ecosystem that uses software on Mac or PC to synchronize the Hue lights with what is being played on your screen. We are still waiting for new announcements on that front, especially some new content partners, or maybe new versions of the Hue Entertainment software designed to run directly on things like smart TVs, streaming devices and game consoles. A Hue spokesman tells me that the brand has no announcements about sharing Hue Entertainment at this point.
Both new products will be predetermined by the end of September, with devices to be shipped in October. We plan to test them at CNET Smart Home, so stay tuned for more.
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