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.