Philips Hue is developing some really high-tech smart home cameras that can easily bamboozle burglars. Well, what this means, in general, is that there is a high-tech McCallister for your home and you should be prepared.
Philips Hue Smart Home Cameras
Generally, Philip Hue might just be known for its smart bulbs, light strips as well as table lamps. But soon, you will get to see security cameras added to that lineup according to Signify, the owner of the brand.
As seen by Hueblog and 9to5Mac, Eric Rondolat, the CEO of Signify said in a recent earnings call that Philips Hue will very soon combine its traditional smart lights with new home cameras, which could well work together in very interesting ways in keeping your home safe.
And referring to the new cameras, which as of now don’t yet have a release date; Rondolat stated that “the idea here is also to use security for lighting and lighting for security”. After providing the instance of a burglar triggering an alarm that makes your lights to flash red, he added: “Why is that interesting? Because sound alarms cannot be heard from a distance as they are really kept inside the house. But, the light can be seen from a long distance.”
How the Philips Hue Motion Sensor Compare
It is already possible to get a similar effect with accessories such as the Philips Hue motion sensor, but Signify however clearly thinks that it can go a step further with its future security cameras. Rondolat also was very keen to stress privacy features, thus stating that “our cameras will be the first with end-to-end encryption”.
This again is not strictly a new feature, as many Ring cameras already added the very option of end-to-end encryption in the previous year and others on the other hand also support features such as Apple HomeKit Secure Video. But it however certainly sounds like the Philips Hue cameras will be fully featured out of the box, even if it is not yet clear on which smart home platforms they will get to support.
Signify: The Light Division of Philips
Signify, which as you should know was formed in 2016 after the lighting division of Philips was spun off into a whole separate company, has not given users a timeline of when to expect its Hue-branded security cameras. But given to the timing of the new announcement, a reveal at the IFA 2023 show (which kicks off on September 1) is very much possible.
What This Development Mean for the Company
It’s really an interesting move, given that Signify also owns another smart lighting brand known as WiZ that already manufactures a security camera. A previous WiZ Indoor camera review found that, while its build quality is quite a little cheap, on the other hand, its “options for local storage and non-paywalled features give it a huge advantage over similar cameras with ongoing costs”.
And given that Signify just recently started charging $130 (which is around £115 / AU$200) for the Philips Hue Sync TV app that allows your smart lights to synchronize with your movies, it will not necessarily take the very same approach for its Hue-branded security cameras.
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