Philips opens up Hue LED bulbs to external developers
Philips has opened up access to its mobile-controllable LED lights for developers to use. Access to a new <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/280767==http://developers.meethue.com/" rel='nofollow'>API</a> will allow external developers to control the <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/280768==http://www.macnn.com/articles/12/10/29/philips.outs.hue.system.with.led.lightbulbs.wi.fi. control/" rel='nofollow'>Hue LED lighting system</a> 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. <br />
The new API is also joined by an iOS app development kit, according <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/280769==http://www.slashgear.com/philips-opens-hue-connected-lighting-to-devs-with-ios-api-11273251/" rel='nofollow'>to</a> <em>Slashgear</em>, 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 <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/280770==http://www.everyhue.com/?page_id=185" rel='nofollow'>developer day</a> 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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