Philips Hue smart light app revamped, adds geofencing capabilities

Philips Hue smart light products, which include smart bulbs that work with Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, and the Google Nest platform, are getting new features for a complete app rework that includes, among other things, geofencing in your smart lighting. Includes the ability to connect. House.

While geofencing may seem like an oddly smart capability for bulbs and other lighting devices, Signify reports that it was one of the most requested add-ons for the Philips Hue line. The feature is designed to address an issue with specific scenes that users can set on the app for more home automation.

Two of these built-in scene options are Coming Home and Leaving Home, which allow the app to use sensors and location-based data to detect whether a user is home or not. The app automatically turns on the lighting when they’re getting home, and turns off the lights when the app detects the user is leaving the house.

The problem is that if someone else is in the house, they will automatically turn off the lights when the Leaving Home scene is enabled. This update adds a check where the app detects if someone else using the Hue app is in the area, in which case the lights won’t turn off until everyone is gone. The update also added the ability to select sunrise or sunset as an automatic trigger for illumination, if that preference is more useful to owners. This should make smart bulbs friendlier for busy homes where many people are visiting, though everyone who lives there will need to download and sign in to the Hue app for the process to take effect.

Other new features in the revamped app include a tiled view with linked devices and a preset view immediately available. Routines have also been changed to automation, although they are still largely the same as well with additional features.

Signify also revealed that the app will receive new features through future updates, starting with the ability to create dynamic view in the summer of 2021. Dynamic scenes will enable users to set Hue smart lighting to gradually transition between colors over time without the need to change colors.

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