A lightbulb must have gone off at Philips because the company is doing something so outside of the box that few are having an easy time taking the following announcement seriously.
Lightbulbs are getting their own SDKs thanks to the Hue Connected lighting system. If you’re not familiar with Hue lights, they are WiFi bulbs that users can control with an iOS device, for example.
“Philips is releasing an SDK and API for the lights because they recognized that several developers had backward-engineered the technology to control the lights with their own apps,” Michael Grothaus off Tuaw writes.
Philips maintains that an official SDK will help more developers to “interface with their Hue lighting system.”
Among the potential uses? Here’s that the folks at Tech Crunch envision:
You could have a specific light recipe come on whenever you open the door, for instance, or when a thermostat is set to specific climate setting.
Other potential uses of the developer tools include apps for amateur and professional photographers, which could help them optimize lighting for a shoot with a simple app attached to a device with light-level detection capabilities.
To learn more about the new SDK, click here.