DUTCH ELECTRONICS FIRM Philips has extended its LED digital lighting system Hue, adding additional lighting options to the smartphone controlled system and a feature dubbed "Friends of Hue".
The additions are Livingcolours Bloom lights and Livingcolours Lightstrips, which are different variations and shapes of bulbs that are controlled by the Hue app to deliver different, more dynamic lighting systems in the home.
The Livingcolours Lightstrips add-on is a flexible two metre LED light strip than can be placed anywhere in the home, such as across bookshelves or around picture frames, showing a range of 16 million colours. They can also be cut to required lengths.
The Livingcolours Bloom is a portable spotlight that can be moved around to highlight a feature, for example. As with the Livingcolours Lightstrips, Livingcolours Bloom works with the Philips Hue bridge included in the starter kit.
As part of the announcement of the new bulbs, Philips has introduced "Friends of Hue", which is any product or app, from Philips or an independent developer, that integrates with the Philips Hue system.
"By introducing Friends of hue, Philips is amplifying the possibilities to feel and experience light, from transporting your TV experience to the whole of the living room making it more immersive than ever before, to bringing stories to life with light, making them more magical," Philips said.
The new Friends of Hue Livingcolours Lightstrips and Livingcolours Bloom will be available from 21 August in Apple stores. The Livingcolours Bloom will cost £66, while the Livingcolours Lightstrip price is yet to be announced.
In March, Philips opened its Hue web connected lightbulbs API so third party developers can create applications that use light to communicate with devices, so we should see some interesting developments in the future.
Though it's not something everyone will be interested in or able to afford, Hue starter kits comprising three bulbs and a Smartbridge are available at Apple stores for £179. Additional Hue bulbs can be purchased for £49.95. µ
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