From the creators of the revolutionary Chameleon Clock comes AmbiHue. Now you can dynamically control the colour of your PhiIips Hue bulbs based on input from your device's camera.
You may have seen those high-end televisions that feature ambient backlighting where the TV casts a wash of light on the wall behind itself, changing colour according to what's on the screen. Now you can recreate the same effect for considerably less cost in your own home!
All you need is a set of PhiIips Hue bulbs. Place one or more bulbs behind your TV, launch AmbiHue and point your device's camera at the screen. Now watch your bulbs change colour in response to the on-screen action!
Research has shown that dynamic backlighting helps focus your attention on the TV screen - but let's be honest, we don't really care about that, it just looks cool.
Of course you don't need to use AmbiHue with your TV, you can just use it as a fun way to control the colour of your PhiIips Hue bulbs to create dynamic mood lighting effects.
Why not point the camera at your clothes to match your lighting to your wardrobe? Or point it out the window so your home lighting changes to match the sunset?
*** Please note - you'll need to own some PhiIips Hue bulbs otherwise this app will be of no use to you at all ***
- Dynamically controls the colour of your PhiIips Hue bulbs based on input from your device's camera.
- Easily select which bulbs you want to use with AmbiHue
- Turn bulbs on/off from within AmbiHue
- Built in help screen
Support for Philips Hue 2.0
Ratings and Reviews
This app does only one thing, but does it well...
After a bunch of poor reviews, I was nervous about plopping down $5. However, I pulled the trigger - and works exactly as advertised. This app takes your iPhone or ipad camera and changes the Phillips Hue light color based on what color is on the video camera (I am using a tv as the source).. Quite cool for watching a concert with great lighting (ie, Phish Webcasts). Here is what it doesn't do that I wish it did... 1) use video as the source from the pad (not the camera) - if you are streaming video to an Apple TV, this app cannot run I'm the background - use an ipad to stream and an IPhone for the camera. 2) have different lights have the color from different parts of the video source ie, right light take from right source and left light from left side of the tv. So far I can only find limited use for this (thus the 4 stars), but it does work exactly as advertised. Hopefully they will some additional capabilities to make the app more versatile.
This app is awesome!
Some have clearly not taken the time to understand how this works and interacts with Hue, and so they have rushed to unload negative ratings or jumped to the wrong conclusion.
This app is awesome!!!
The reason it doesn't rate a perfect score is that there are all of these negative ratings of those I mentioned in my first sentence. I almost didn't buy this. I have an iPhone 5S as my TV "monitor", and after I did some basic troubleshooting, this worked flawlessly for me. The colors matched my monitor, and it reproduced the colors almost perfectly and quickly.
If you want the Ambilight effects originally offered by Philips but is no longer commercially available, and at a cheap price, then Hue and this app are your solution. My opinion is that it works as good or better as the originally marketed Ambilight.
Great job NetwalkApps!!! Thank you developing AmbiHue!
Works ok. Critical features missing
This app works just ok. However it misses two critical features. First of all it must be locked to a color temperature. For example it could be as simple as letting user chose modes like Day (5000K) Night (3200K) and TV (6500K). Without color temperature lock iOS camera API normalizes the color through auto white balance. Everything ends up generating gray color within the app.
Second: must have zoom and reframe for use with TV.
That is all.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.