Philips Hue has been fairly instrumental in the smart lighting segment of home automation.
While they have many competitors now, their ecosystem of lights and accessories is second to none.
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In 2018 Hue added “Hue Sync“, which allows for the lights to synchronize colors with music or video.
While it was a great step in the right direction for taking smart lights to the next level, it was basically limited to the PC, since it had to run as an app, and thus wasn’t available on TV’s or Xbox or PlayStation (although people have DIY’d work arounds.)
Today Philips announced their own workaround to the app not being on various hardware; the Hue Play HDMI Sync Box.
This dedicated piece of hardware has 4 HDMI inputs, and 1 output, allowing you to connect all our favorite inputs into 1 box, that will then pass on the signal to the TV, while decoding the signal and matching the scene on the TV and the lights in your room.
The Sync Box detects which input is currently active and can automatically switch to it.
You can personalize the settings on a per input basis in the Hue app on your phone, so that you can get an customized experience depending on if you’re playing games or just watching a TV show.
The Hue Play HDMI Sync box can connect with up to 10 Hue bulbs creating an exciting and immersive lighting setup.
The Sync Box will be available October 16th, for $229.99. Pre orders are available now on their website.