Turn your home into a nightclub by syncing your Philips Hue with Spotify
Philips Hue is teaming up with Spotify to potentially provide the easiest way yet to convert your home into a real nightclub … or, at least, it will look a lot more sullen and cool. Announced earlier today by Signify, makers of Philips Hue, the latest update to the Hue Bridge app will include a new algorithm designed to analyze Spotify track metadata in real time so lights can “blink, dim, brighten and change. color along with the rhythm, mood, genre and tempo of any music.
Users will be able to leave the controls to the algorithm or customize the color options and timing themselves. Best of all, you don’t even need to have a Spotify Premium account – the service will work just as well with a free profile.
From now on – Philips Hue Spotify compatibility is rolling out as early access to users of the Hue Bridge 4 app starting today, with the new feature rolling into the Hue 4 app after October 2021. As The edge Remarks, there are a few pitfalls – one, you’ll obviously need to have access to the Hue Bridge app, as well as some colored bulbs (regular white won’t cut it). Still, it’s a pretty nifty little addition to an already lovely home accessory. One wonders what that will be like on Chvrches, or Hell, maybe even Eve 6.
Economical options are available – Of course, the only way to really feel the full effect of the new Spotify integration is to have an entire room lit by Philips Hue bulbs … which can be a bit of an expensive endeavor. Fortunately, there are a number of cheaper options on the market, the best of which is too offered by Philips. The company’s Wiz Smart Wi-Fi LED bulbs cost significantly less than their bigger siblings and run on their own dedicated Wiz app. You probably can’t get something as fancy as the full Spotify integration, but it’s still a great alternative if you’re looking to spruce up your home a bit.
The Inevitable Downsides of Privacy – All of this arguably comes at a pretty high, non-monetary price: your privacy. After all, any “smart” product – bulbs included – is by definition somehow connected to the Internet, providing a new avenue for data intrusion and privacy breaches. Last year, researchers uncovered security vulnerabilities buried in Philips Hue programming, and although these were subsequently corrected, it still serves as an important reminder that the longer you are connected, the greater the risk of junk espionage is big.