Philips Hues developer API means a huge range of Hue-connected iOS apps have launched on the App Store these past few years, allowing iPhone owners to really expand on the functionality of the smart bulbs. One of the latest apps, Hue Camera, makes it possible for Philips Hue owners to give their home cinema setup a boost, and its available to download now.
Optimized for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch and available for the price of $3.99, the device usefully uses the built-in iOS camera to work its magic, the developer explains. Upon launching the app, users of Hue Camera need simply point their iOS device at their TV screen in order to get live, dynamic lighting through their Hue bulbs. Of course, the more bulbs you have, the better but Hue Camera only really requires one single bulb in order to work.
Using its own unique algorithm, Hue Camera promises to deliver lighting ambiance which reflects the current scene of the film or TV show youre watching. Plus, you dont strictly need to use the app with live video, even; instead, users of Hue Camera could set lighting based on a still image, like a photograph or painting. In a press release, indie developer Erwin Zwart adds:
Because Hue Camera uses the built-in camera, its not limited to a specific device and can be used with Apple TV, gaming consoles, BluRay/DVD players and even things off-screen like photos and paintings. Although Hue Camera was designed to work within a wide range of situations, users can change the speed of colour transitions and the intensity of the colour to their liking.
This is a smart app, and its one owners of Philips Hues smart bulbs are going to want to pick up. In order for Hue to run on your iOS device, youll need to be running iOS 7.0 or later; the app is also fully optimized for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which is something were always pleased to see.