What’s cooler than a lighting system that you can control with your mobile device?
A lighting system you can control with your voice.
iOS developer Justin Ehlert, currently a junior majoring in computer science at the University of Texas at Dallas, took on that goal during this year’s Rocket Science. After purchasing a Philips Hue starter kit, Ehlert started to fiddle around with the system’s capabilities and explored the product’s potential.
“I realized that a service that allowed you to have an always listening experience could be quite revolutionary. My vision is to have an iPad mounted on a wall and then from anywhere in the room you can control your lights in the house. Start watching a movie, turn them off without getting off the couch,” Ehlert said.
Hue bulbs display up to 16 million colors – which allows for customizable presets with color combinations.
Ehlert and fellow developer iOS Nelson LeDuc (also a junior studying computer science at UTD) enlisted the help of two new Rocketeers – Brandon Roeder (a senior studying software engineering at UTD) and Colin Campbell (a junior studying computer science at UTD) to create the finished product.
“We just wanted to create something awesome. We noticed that there are no apps that can control the Philips Hue lights with voice and we felt that a product like that could really benefit from a more automated and hands off approach,” Ehlert said.
The Hue lighting system lets you adjust intensity, customize your lighting rig, and schedule different lighting times. Starting kits run for around $200.
Ehlert even had a Twitter back-and-forth with Hue’s official account. Kudos to the Philips social media team for keeping up with us during our slightly dereanged schedule.
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