Philips opens wireless multi-Hue lightbulb to app developers


Philips this week launched an official developer program for its Hue lighting system, in response to the growing number of enthusiasts who have already created their own apps for the customizable LED array. As TechCrunch reports, Philips’ developer program includes open APIs, an SDK for iOS developers, and guides for both hardware and software makers.

Amateur developers have already created a variety of apps that integrate Hue’s lighting system with music or other gaming apps, but Philips’ official kit should make that process a lot easier. It should broaden the range of hardware applications, as well, allowing hardware manufacturers to integrate Hue’s ZigBee home automation standard into thermostats, motion detectors, or other…

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