Huey for Android is the perfect app for those of you with Phillips Hue or LIFX lights that are looking to get a bit more immersive. Huey uses your phone's camera and microphone to provide ambient light effects on your Hue or LIFX lights when watching movies, TV or playing games. All you need to do is connect Huey to your Hue bridge, drop a quick few settings, then sit back and let the magic happen.

As your media plays, Huey pulls in colors and sound and matches your lights accordingly, providing a more intense, ambient experience. Depending on your Hue setup, you can totally color a room while watching movies, TV or playing games. Your Hue bulbs will change to match the action on the TV, extending everything way beyond your screen. You can get creative with all kinds of setups using Huey and truly make a one-of-a-kind media center in your home.

All you need is the Huey app, Hue or LIFX bulbs and a Hue bridge. Head over to Google Play for more info and to download.

 
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That's really cool...although I'd probably get distracted from the changing lights and not pay attention to what is playing.

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Hamp says:

I was thinking the same thing

TheDu9du says:

+1 maybe ok for a party and if the TV was displaying random graphics from the music it was playing.
Also it could work better if the lights were behind the couch.

Yeah those are good ideas!

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HubyD says:

Indeed, I would put it behind me, and maybe use it when playing music.

Exynoshd says:

Fix the latency and I am down. That is the best thing about the lightpack (though the lightpack only serves the function shown above and doesn't work for actual lights...)

Simon Sage says:

I have a lightpack and hue. Would be really great if they worked together. Problem with Lightpack is that the video has to be piped through a PC. The new Philips TV looks really great for integrating that backlight feature, not to mention tying in with hue lights around the house. I did manage to convince the guy that makes Lampshade.io to work on remote control for Lightpack, in any case. Would be nice to flip on the back of the TV with any hue recipies at the same time.

Kiveau says:

That's also my issue. The latency is too high for me to use this with games.

Vacmfuzzy says:

I stopped watching the effects and watched the movie. :P

Mo ZedEl says:

They would be extremely distracting especially with the lag. If the changes were instantaneous it'd be perfect

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OLD_HATCH says:

Interesting, while at the same time really distracting.

It would probably work out good for parties while playing music videos on your tv, but for watching movies it looks rather annoying

flychinook says:

Didn't Phillips have a TV a few years ago that had this built in, using lights on the back of the TV?

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Hamp says:

Philips Gioco 278G4DHSD and 278C4QHSN. "Ambilight" Circa 2004.

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NeatOman says:

To much of a delay, but i liked it when i saw my friends Philips TV like 5 years ago. That way everything is not to dark and you can eat your popped corn while watching the movie.

GadgetGator says:

I agree. Too distracting for this application in it's present form.

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