Huey for Android helps your Hue create an immersive entertainment experience

By Adam Zeis on 3 May 2014 08:52 am
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Huey for Android is the perfect app for those of you with Phillips Hue or LIFX lights that are looking to get a bit more immersive. Huey uses your phone's camera and microphone to provide ambient light effects on your Hue or LIFX lights when watching movies, TV or playing games. All you need to do is connect Huey to your Hue bridge, drop a quick few settings, then sit back and let the magic happen.

As your media plays, Huey pulls in colors and sound and matches your lights accordingly, providing a more intense, ambient experience. Depending on your Hue setup, you can totally color a room while watching movies, TV or playing games. Your Hue bulbs will change to match the action on the TV, extending everything way beyond your screen. You can get creative with all kinds of setups using Huey and truly make a one-of-a-kind media center in your home.

All you need is the Huey app, Hue or LIFX bulbs and a Hue bridge. Head over to Google Play for more info and to download.

19 comments

hairbytj

Ooh I'm totally buying this! Of course I have to buy the Phillips hue first.

rbaldonado

I could see this being way useful for school in plays. Light up the stage by pointing the camera at a custom gradient based on the scene.

deckem

I love Hue. I don't have Hue, but I've seen it in action and it's awesome. I, too, must buy... Hue.

Adam Zeis

Ditto! I love what I've seen, but I'm not sure I'd get that much use out of it. I have only 1 or 2 lights that I actually use most days, and I'm not sure thrown a Hue bulb in them would be all that beneficial to me.

Teso Dos Bichos

I was wondering when someone would try to replicate the Phillips Ambilight+hue TV range. This looks like it will do the job despite being more clunky in operation.

bobbob1016

You forgot that you either need a good arm to hold the phone for an entire movie, or a stand. Seems cool, but not enough for me to get some Hues.

Rockaway Labs

@bobbob1026 that we use is a small little stand made out of plexiglass, but you could really use anything you'd like. For long movies (e.g. lord of the rings) I like to plug my phone to an external battery pack so that I don't run out of battery before the movie ends.

Check out this video where it shows the stand: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKaPqKt-M78&feature=youtu.be

bobbob1016

Thought that was how it worked, just didn't see it clearly so I was wondering. I don't think this would work great for me in general as one, the wall behind my TV is green, and two, I have things next to the TV, so I don't think it'd work.

Tarun96

This looks real nice! Smart lights are one of the most useful components of a smart home.. According to me atleast.
Smart lighting needs more innovations like this. But I guess the software has to be connected all the time right.. So we would need to optimise the power consumption.

jonathankwk

I could utilize this, wonder how much scarier a horror game would be. *shrugs*.

Drew Oswalt

This looks pretty cool for gaming and action movies.

Disturbed7716

Awesome! Ever time I dream of Hue, I figure I need to get a phillips ambi light tv to really make it a full experience, but this is makes that unnecessary. One question,does this mean I need my camera pointed at the tv at all times for it to work?

Rockaway Labs

@Disturbed7716 yes, the camera needs to be pointed at the screen so that it is able to pick up the colors. I personally use a small little stand that holds the camera on the right spot. You can see the little stand in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKaPqKt-M78&feature=youtu.be

GeezusTX

I thought it was really distracting and didn't really add anything. Especially because the changes were so delayed and sudden. If the transition was quicker and smoother, as it is with other systems I've seen, then MAYBE it would be sweet.

Gexguy

I think this may have sold Phillips hue to me

Rockaway Labs

Thanks for the review Connectedly!

If you guys have any questions or feedback we would love to hear them, @rockawaylabs on twitter or e-mail us at support@rockawaylabs.com

kronephone

What really would be cool, if your Kinect (Or your samsung smart tv) could scan the room, place the lights on a room layout and create a surround light expirerence.

If for example thunder is rolling in from the east, the lights in the kitchen begin to light up and as it comes near, the lights in the livingroom start to flicker, when it passes the garden lights will blink.

What I am saying is, it would be cool if the movie is aware of the location of your lights. Maybe there could be a surround light track streamed with your movie

eurafega

It looks good, but if it uses camera, how will battery life be affected on the device?

cloud12077

Sounds like a very neat idea. Too bad I watch TV with the lights off.