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Philips opens up Hue LED bulbs to external developers
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Mar 11, 2013, 01:37 PM
Philips has opened up access to its mobile-controllable LED lights for developers to use. Access to a new API will allow external developers to control the Hue LED lighting system through their own apps and web services, potentially allowing customers to control the color-changing light bulbs through other avenues than Philips' official apps and control system.

The new API is also joined by an iOS app development kit, according to Slashgear, which will give iPhone and iPad developers some extra assistance. The opening-up of the system will also allow other home automation systems to make changes to the lighting settings at the same time as affecting other devices, such as setting up a specific color of lighting when the rest of the room is being set for a specific purpose. Philips will not be charging for access to the API, and hopes to have an Android development kit made available in the near future. A Hue developer day is also being sponsored by the electronics manufacturer, in order to foster app development. The Hue LED kit, available in a basic starter kit for around $200, allows users to choose specific colors and brightness of light from the bulb, with each bulb connecting to each other and the base station over a wireless network. The current iOS app can use photographs as a color palette for bulb color selections, and can also set timers and custom schedules for individual bulbs.
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