The concept of «the clever house» still remains otdalyoky dream, but its certain echoes already nevertheless made the way in life of fans of modern technologies. For example, to provide an individualization and a unique approach to light of the apartment Philips Hue helps. On sale the device appeared last year and to a descent struck public the abilities in respect of a narrow option by means of iPhone, iPad and the firm appendix. But specialists in Philips not посиживают складя hands also continue to develop the project intensively. The last update of the operating appendix added to house lighting system mass of the necessary functions.
Namely the Philips Hue v1.1 appendix (iTunes link) is now compatible to web service for communication of streams инфы If This Then That, supports geozoning function for definition of a residence of the user and allows to set repeating schedules of inclusion and shutdown of lamps. But about everything one after another.
The If This Then That service helps to set certain rules for communication of various information streams. The system works at base of a condition-team-action «if it — then that», actually, and service is called. For example, the subscriber of any RSS channel can set the summary on translation of news from this stream in Facebook in process of their publication: «If article appeared in a RSS stream, to publish it in Facebook».
How it is possible to apply If This Then That in Philips Hue work? It appears, options the weight and is already supported solid quantity of sets of teams. For example, it is possible to set the summary about change of color of lighting, a blinking or other actions if in the Network or in the outside world there will be something interesting the user. By itself, integration of Hue system and information streams is made at the expense of the firm Philips appendix.
As to geozoning, this system works the next way. The aaplet can be adjusted so that bulbs of Hue will get the idea the machine gun when the owner ворачивается home, and to be switched off when he will leave a room. In other words, even iPhone to get from a pocket it is not useful. The main thing that it was together with the owner.
With schedules of inclusion/switching off of light too everything is simple. In the Philips Hue settings it is specified, when, in what order and what modes it is necessary to disconnect or opposite to switch on light. The system without the aid of others will start to muffle lighting in a room when business will go to a dream, or to include weak light when time will come to waken. Also, light can be included from time to time even in absence of owners of the house — for scaring away of burglars.
It should be noted also the latest function of «synchronous scenery». It provides synchronous work of all bulbs flaring in one mode. Earlier, the lighting devices adjusted on one problem, lit up on a domino effect, in other words, in turn, though with small, but lateness. Now that difficulty is not present — one cliques and everything shines to a descent.
On the 1st look, all these "dancings" with systems of lighting and their synchronization seem silly waste of time and means. But, as practice specifies, the consumer nevertheless has an enthusiasm also the big.
Much truly like Hue at the expense of idea of «clever lighting» which approaches us on a step to the present to "the clever house». This enthusiasm for the last half a year provided 300 percent sales volume of Philips Hue in comparison with predictable. We organized live and active society of users on everyhue.com, and turnaround communication with them appeared invaluable. The most part of the last innovations in a program part of Hue are constructed specifically on base thoughts of the greatest enthusiasts of the project, and we with impatience wait for new offers from our clients.
Ad Crawford, general manager and senior vice-president of division of Philips Lighting Americas
By the way in the beginning Philips Hue were on sale only in official shops Apple, but at present they can be found on Amazon and in other places. The unique set from the 3rd lamps and the controler costs $200, and any additional bulb – $60 more (it is burning for the USA). Also Philips took care of Hue integration with extraneous aaplets, having let out in March an official package for development ON. As a result there were such appendices as Ambify [iTunes link] (will organize a real son of lumiere by means of Hue). [ai]