Philips Lighting unveiled its second installation of Hue Bridge — a high-tech home system that now allows Apple users to control lighting via the ease of their mobile devices.
Philips Hue announced Monday, according to 9 to 5 Mac, it officially teamed with Apple, enabling iPhone, iPad and Apple watch users the ability to dim or increase lighting in their homes through Siri.
“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,” CEO of Philips Lighting Eric Rondolat said in a press release. “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.”
Philips Hue has been around since 2012, but only now the technology is compatible with iOS operating systems and Apple’s HomeKit — a cutting-edge home security, lighting and heating system Apple users control through mobile devices.
This new marriage between Apple and Philips will give users the power to simultaneously control lighting in houses with simple commands to Siri. (RELATED: Get Ready: Siri About To Become Much More Realistic And Human-Like)
Let’s say, for example, a Hue Bridge and HomeKit user is on their way home from work, they can now alert Siri to enter the Arrive Home mode, and the Philips Hue lights will turn on, according to the press release.
Ready for bed? Just tell Siri, and the lights will dim to a warmly-lit sunset mode, according to ARS Technica, or just entirely turn off.
To live this luxurious, high-tech lifestyle, the New Hue 2.0 must be purchased and installed in a Wi-Fi accessible house. The portal officially goes on sale Tuesday, but can be pre-ordered through Amazon now. Philips’s wireless LED lightbulbs are also needed to use the portal, but are available now on Amazon. And finally, to complete the futuristic trifecta, users must have iOS products like iPhones, downloaded with the HomeKit framework.