Apple ushers in the smart home: Philips demos iOS 8 widget to control Hue lightbulbs

“By announcing support for widgets in the iOS 8 Notification Center this week, Apple opened the doors to a world of possibilities that Android users have long enjoyed,” Kevin C. Tofel reports for Gigaom. “To help show off how widgets will make iOS 8 more useful, Philips is already showing off a concept prototype of a widget that can easily control its intelligent Hue lightbulbs.”

Tofel reports, “The company tweeted out a screen image of its concept on Thursday, and you can see how simple it could be to turn your Hue lights off or even change their color based on a scene or mood.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Bill” for the heads up.]

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    1. Thas is borderline to the idea of remotely adjusting the monitor settings via internet.

      There was a short story about dot-com craze period, featuring a fictional dot-com start-up with a “brilliant” idea that would allow user to log into a web site and remotely adjust settings on their monitor without actually having to sit in front of that monitor. The story was a full-throttle satire, skewering the whole time of craze, angel investors, venture capitalists, Wall Street euphoria and all that irrationality that surrounded the boom.

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