Philips Hue to Implement Support for Siri Shortcuts Later This Year

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Philips is planning to introduce support for Apple's Shortcuts feature in its Hue app in iOS 12, Philips announced today at the IFA electronics trade show in Berlin (via iCulture).

With the integration, Hue owners will be able to add lighting recipes to various Siri Shortcuts, such as shifting the lights in the dining room to a certain color with a Siri voice command like "Dinner Time," as demoed by Philips.


Siri Shortcuts is a Siri feature designed to allow users to create multi-step shortcuts using first and third-party apps that can be activated by Siri voice command.

Shortcuts are deeply customizable, and third party apps like the Hue app are able to develop quick actions for Siri that can be incorporated into Shortcuts recipes. When Hue integration launches, Hue options will be available in the dedicated Shortcuts app.

The Hue shortcuts will be compatible with other shortcuts, so you can have a whole "Dinner Time" setup that not only changes the lights, but also does things like turn on music and text family members that the food is ready.

Siri is able to suggest frequently used Shortcuts right on the iPhone's lock screen and Apple Watch, so if there are Hue-related lighting shortcuts that are often used, these options will be able to be implemented with a simple tap.

Right now, the Shortcuts app, which is what's used to create these Siri Shortcuts, is available to developers in a beta capacity, but it will be released when iOS 12 is released. Sometime after that, Philips will presumably implement Shortcuts support.

Philips today also announced a new power feature that's designed to allow Hue lights to retain their color and brightness settings after a power outage or after a lamp has been manually turned off, and the company is partnering with new lighting companies that include Makris, Kichler, Busch-Jaegar, Illumra, Koizumi, and John Lewis for its Friends of Hue program.

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25 months ago

HomeKit recipes already do this.

*Scenes, but yeah. I can't see what's new about it - other than I guess Hue will be added as an option in the short cut app - which I guess is a bit like having them native in the Workflow app.

Philips today also announced a new power feature that's designed to allow Hue lights to retain their color and brightness settings after a power outage or after a lamp has been manually turned off

Please please please tell me that means if the light was off, it'll remain off when the power comes back on? Because being woken up at 3am after a powercut with 6 Hue lights on full blast is a nightmare.
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25 months ago
Philips today also announced a new power feature that's designed to allow Hue lights to retain their color and brightness settings after a power outage or after a lamp has been manually turned off

It’s about time!
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25 months ago

How?? :) I tried to set up my HomePod saying “good morning” to get the lights done and a playlist on, but I can’t do it.

You'll need the Shortcuts app in iOS 12. HomeKit only automates the lights. Shortcuts will be able to automate HomePod and sending messages.

But really, HomePod should be able to do this in the Home app. The AppleTV too. They're HomeKit devices.
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25 months ago
HomeKit recipes already do this.

A Siri shortcut will be able to combine HomeKit recipes with other other actions. Hey Siri, get ready for Dinner could trigger the Dinner HomeKit scene, dimming the lights and turning on the spotlight over the dining table and then separately telling HomePod to play a dinner music playlist and texting the kids in the family to come down for dinner. This can already be done without Hue explicitly supporting it.
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25 months ago

HomeKit recipes already do this.

A Siri shortcut will be able to combine HomeKit recipes with other other actions. Hey Siri, get ready for Dinner could trigger the Dinner HomeKit scene, dimming the lights and turning on the spotlight over the dining table and then separately telling HomePod to play a dinner music playlist and texting the kids in the family to come down for dinner. This can already be done without Hue explicitly supporting it.

Yes, some of this can be done already. Shortcuts integration will be much more expansive and will allow for a wider range of combined actions.
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25 months ago
Once Apple adds (proper) HomeKit support to Siri Shortcuts, surely this will all be pointless?
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How long till they release a more powerful bridge? Literally at the limit of lights / accessories and starting to see slowdowns - hoping for a more powerful bridge before looking into the multiple bridge option.

Seriously? I have the maximum number of devices & accessories and it's working just fine off one bridge. Maybe you have some other problem (ie. wireless interference/channel issue)?
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