While we’re still kicking off 2016, now might be just the perfect time for those thinking about investing in Philips Hue lighting beyond the smart home aesthetics as more integrated services allow you to take greater advantage of the functionality. Philips Hue first hit the market back 2012 allowing users to control the lighting in their home or work-space from the convenience of a smartphone, smartwatch, or tablet.
Earlier today, it was announced at the Consumer Electronics Show that Ooma Telo, a smart home phone service, is now integrated with Philips Hue as part of the smart home revolution. You can now program your lights to send visual alerts for known callers!
Three years post-launch, there are still some glitches in the smart home detailed by Stacey Higginbotham in Fortune. But, there are some wins as well. Let’s take a look at what we should be excited for.
Using your mobile device to control the lights
“Hey Siri, turn on the lights”
“Hey Siri, turn the living room lights to blue”
Upping your immersive gaming experience
Have a personalized Christmas show
Maybe one day soon, we’ll achieve the perfect smart house that we all dreamed about in elementary school after watching Disney’s Smart House (but minus jealous Pat).
Annis Sands is passionate about media + tech + innovation + art + education. She is also the co-creator of Ivy Startup Magazine (ivystartupmag.com).