App Syncs Your Lights and Computer to Create the Perfect Mood Lighting
Smart lighting systems aren't just about getting Alexa to turn on your lights anymore. Now, they're creating "immersive experiences," according to Philips Lighting, which just launched new software that will allow users to sync up their lights to video games, music, and movies.
As Engadget reports, the Hue Sync app will debut later this year and will let you program your Philips Hue smart lights to change according to your entertainment—say, changing colors to match the mood of the song you're playing or adjusting brightness to make your gaming session easier on the eyes.
To kick off the app's debut, the company has partnered with the gaming company Razer to integrate Sync into video games. According to Philips, it will create "immediate, immersive light scripts for any game, movie, or music played on the computer." You'll be able to set the scene for a romantic date night soundtracked to Marvin Gaye or create the perfect stage lighting for your kid's dramatic reenactment of Phineas and Ferb's latest antics on Netflix.
The system connects to your PC or Mac, so it will only work if you're watching TV or playing games on your computer, though, not on devices like Roku or Xbox. There aren't a whole lot of details available about its release yet, so stay tuned for more intel on what the app will be able to do once it's released.