In my home, I'm a fan of setting the smart lights in my bedroom. In the morning, I have them programmed to fade back on to wake me up. It's pleasant!
Starting in March, you'll be able to ask the Google Assistant to "turn on Gentle Wake Up." Doing so will sync your Hue lights with any alarms you ask the Assistant to set -- starting 30 minutes before an alarm goes off, your Hue lights will begin to fade up, simulating a gradual sunrise.
For the opposite effect -- a 30-minute sunset -- just say "OK Google, sleep the lights." You can also schedule these fades for specific times: "Hey Google, sleep the lights at 11 p.m." And yep, saying, "Hey Google, wake the lights at 7 a.m." will work as well. It all sounds pretty intuitive to me -- a good step forward for the relationship between smart lights and smart assistants.
If multiple people in your home wish to take advantage of the feature, they can. Just group your lights by room in the Google Home app, then tell the Assistant which room you'd like to sleep or wake the lights in. "Hey Google, sleep the lights in the kids' room."
Formerly Philips Lighting, Signify already lets its smart light users schedule fades in the Hue app using. In addition to tying those fades to your Google Assistant-scheduled alarms, the new integration with Google simply lets you control that feature using your voice, either through your phone, through a , or smart speaker or through the smart display.
Signify calls it the first integration of the Philips Hue sleep and wake up feature with a digital assistant platform. No word yet on whether or not we should expect the feature to come to other assistants like Alexa and Siri, too. For now at least, this is a pretty good get for Google as far as voice-activated smart lighting features go.
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