Philips announced today that it’s newly updated Hue Bridge 2.0 will be HomeKit-Enabled, enabling you to control your lighting with Apple’s home automation platform or in plain English, Siri voice commands.
With the integration of HomeKit, customers of the Hue Bridge version 2 can simply say, “Dim all lights to 30 percent” to turn down all of your lighting at once or “Turn the living room lights red” to easily change the colors or mood for the room.
Lighting is the most accessible aspect of the connected home, and as the lighting expert for the Internet of Things we are taking connected lighting to the next phase,” said Eric Rondolat, Chief Executive Officer at Philips Lighting. “By integrating Philips Hue with Apple HomeKit, we are broadening people’s experience of light beyond what has been previously possible, providing seamless interoperability with other connected home devices.
The smart home frameworks such as Apple’s HomeKit or Nest’s recently announced Weave framework, allows developers of products to utilize their API’s and technology within their own products – bridging together IoT devices. However, with Apple’s difficult certification process for HomeKit, Philips had to develop new hardware that was capable of meeting the certification process which means their Hue Bridge 1.0 will never be compatible with HomeKit.
To help offset the costs of upgrading, Philips is allowing users of its 1.0 version of Hue Bridge upgrade to the newer 2.0 version which is HomeKit compatible, for $40 instead of the $60 price tag for others. The new bridge will be available beginning October 6th from Hue’s web site.