6
This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

First Look: Philips Hue Connected Bulb

About Video Transcript

First Look: Philips Hue Connected Bulb

2:00 /

Philips' programmable LED lightbulbs offer some intriguing possibilities alongside a high novelty factor.

Hi. I'm Rich Brown from CNET. Today we're gonna take a look at the Philips Hue Connected Bulb Starter Kit. This is $199 set of LED light bulbs and that price probably sounds kind of crazy until you realize what these bulbs can actually do. So in the kit you get 3 LED light bulbs plus the Philips Bridge which connects the bulbs to your home wireless network. Once connected you can then control the bulbs through your smartphone. So the idea is that these bulbs' work is pretty standard light bulbs when you plug them in, but if you wanna get creative, if you wanna set up say alarms or have them go on in certain times the app lets you do that and it's all pretty easy. So the Philips app is relatively easy to use. On the main screen here you can see presets and you can edit all those. Lift out this bottom tab and you see the main control for each of the lights connected to the Hue. The iOS version has a feature called Geofencing that will turn your lights on and off depending on your proximity to your house. There are also third-party apps that will do different features like sync the lights to music and that kind of thing. The Hue also sports IFT which is a service that lets you set recipes to tie different internet services to one another. So for example your candle lights turn on every time you're tagging a Facebook photo or retweet every time you come home, something like that. And if you go on to the IFT app, you'll find a dedicated Philips channel that has all kinds of different recipes you can choose from. Now for all that different functionality there's still probably a high novelty factor with these bulbs. Not everyone wants to get that kind of notification on their home lighting system. Not everyone even wants colored lights. Still what's great about these is that they nail the core functionality of your light bulb. It actually looks like a standard incandescent. You can adjust it along a pretty reasonable range of color to say white, yellow, or blue light depending on what you're doing. And overall it's just a really easy to use, kind of fun little setup. So we certainly wouldn't recommend these if all you want is a basic light bulb, but for the fact that they're so easy to use that they nailed the basics of light bulb functionality and that they present a lot of niche in sort of interesting program functions, it's actually a pretty great product. So I'm Rich Brown. This is the Philips Hue Connected Light Bulb.

New releases

The Arcade: a capitalist commune of indie game development
5:36 December 21, 2014
Playing host to 19 different companies, the Arcade in Melbourne, Australia is dedicated to changing the face of indie game development....
Play video
XCAR Awards 2014: Person of the year
1:41 December 20, 2014
Some incredibly people crossed paths with XCAR in 2014. We look back to see who impressed us most.
Play video
2014 BMW i8 (CNET On Cars, Episode 56)
19:02 December 19, 2014
BMW's i8 is definitely a taste of the future -- but whose? We'll shed some light on MPGe, the benchmark for tomorrow's cars. And we...
Play video
Need a new size? Just tap the mirror
1:55 December 19, 2014
In a place where fashion comes first, tech is coming in at a close second. In major department stores and small boutiques, the dressing...
Play video
Did life forms exist on Mars? Curiosity makes a big find, Ep. 187
4:46 December 19, 2014
It's the last Crave show of 2014. This week, Curiosity makes a huge discovery, the US Navy has a shark drone and American satellites...
Play video
Obama: Sony wrong to pull movie over hackers' threats
2:56 December 19, 2014
President Obama addresses the Sony cyberattack and vows to respond to North Korea. Also, T-Mobile settles cramming lawsuit, and Facebook...
Play video
A cheap activity tracker you will actually want to wear
2:11 December 19, 2014
CNET's Dan Graziano gives you a look at one of the most affordable fitness trackers on the market.
Play video
Embarrassing moments in tech (2014)
2:53 December 19, 2014
The high profile tech of 2014 that aimed for the stars and landed in the gutter.
Play video