DUTCH ELECTRONICS FIRM Philips announced its LED digital lighting system Hue today and The INQUIRER attended a launch event where it got to see the WiFi connected lightbulbs in action.
Controlled by mobiles devices via a WiFi bridge that hooks up to an internet router, the LED lightbulbs allow users to control the colour of lighting in environments for different moods via an app on IOS or Android mobile devices.
Phillips said at the event that the LED lightbulbs are much more energy efficient and "set a new standard for lighting".
The interesting thing about the lightbulbs is that Phillips has left the software development kit (SDK) open for developers so the lighting can be controlled in future apps, opening up the technology for a host of possible innovations.
The Hue lighting system starter pack will be available in Apple stores from tomorrow retailing at £179. An app must also be downloaded which will be used to control the lighting and will feature lots of lighting presets for users' different moods. µ