Philips Hue's parent company, Signify, announced on June 27 that it has integrated Bluetooth support into the Smart Bulbs. Instead of paying extra for a Smart Hub or Bridge, you can connect your lights to each other and directly to your smartphone by simply turning on Bluetooth.
Signify (formerly Philips Lighting) unveiled Philips Hue on June 27 with Bluetooth, a collection of smart bulbs that can automatically connect to your smartphone and Amazon Echo devices through Bluetooth technology.
On your handset, you can use the Philips Hue Bluetooth mobile app to choose which color the lights emit and select from a collection of preset combinations. If you have an Amazon Echo device, as long as you've purchased your bulbs with the same account associated with the device, "just turn on your lightbulb and Alexa can complete the setup process for you".
We have added Bluetooth capabilities to our lights! 🥳 How will this affect current Hue enthusiasts? In short, it will not. Our technology director George Yianni explains more about this development of #PhilipsHue . At first only available in the USA. Europe will follow later this year. pic.twitter.com/93jUWM4YVq
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If you bought the lamps from another location or with a different account, you can simply " Alexa, discover my devices "; Once Alexa completes the set-up process, you can control everything with her voice.
Without the bridge, the range over which you can control the lights is significantly reduced because they are not natively connected to the Internet. For example, they can not be turned off while you are away.
If you buy a non-Bluetooth hue-white color ambience lamp (RM279) and the required bridge (RM399), your total will be approximately RM678. The price of the Bluetooth-compatible version is exactly the same except that you pay less RM399 for a nearly identical experience when you do not need the bridge. The company notes that a bridge can be added at any time to expand the functionality.
Philips Hue Bluetooth products are now available in the US and will be launched in Canada on July 2nd. From autumn, a series will be available in Europe. – AFP Relax News