Syfy's 12 Monkeys to sync up with your Hue lighting system

If you own some Philips Hue light bulbs, and plan to watch Syfy's 12 Monkeys series when it premieres next month, then you're in for a special treat. Using the Syfy Sync app, Hue owners will be able to sync their lights with episodes of 12 Monkeys, with the lighting changing at key moments in the program.

Syfy did the same thing with Hue lights during Sharknado 2. The app is connected to your Hue bridge, and listens to your current program. During particular scenes, such as extreme weather, or intense violence, Syfy Sync will change the color and intensity of your bulbs.

Syfy's 12 Monkeys will premiere in the U.S. on Friday, January 16, 2015 at 9pm ET. You can download the SyFy Sync app from the Google Play Store (opens in new tab) now.

Source: The Verge

20 Comments
  • Okay, you gotta admit, that is really nifty. Someday I bet this will be more mainstream and lighting will always change during key moments in movies.
  • Silly as it sounds, this seems like one of the most plausible uses for these Hue lights that I have ever heard of.
  • Move over Microsoft. Posted via "the Contest-Won" Sprint Galaxy Note 4 (Sprint Prepaid $35 Plan)
  • 5D
  • That is pretty cool, yeah.
  • I love tech. I love automation. But am I the only one slightly hesitant to let me lights or the basic mechanics of my home get accessed by the internet? I mean...we just had a group of random hackers take down some major consoles for days. Not saying that's a direct parallel. But it's not outside the realm of possibility that someone COULD screw with a whole lot of peoples lights or whatever. *puts on tinfoil hat*
  • You. are. not. alone.
  • Then you just put in normal lightbulbs.
  • at $200 for three bulbs in the starter kit, I think its safe to say that most people will still have a few normal bulbs laying around...
  • It's a fair concern, but I think a couple of things should be pointed out: 1) the app on your phone is controlling the lights.  Nothing is happening "over the internet".  Just your home WiFi. 2) Lizard Crew (if they are really the ones who did it) didn't actually hack into Microsoft's or Sony's servers.  They just flooded those servers with garbage requests, keeping them too busy to respond to "real" requests in a timely manner.  It's called a DDOS (distributed denial of service) attack, and not really a concern with this scenario anyway.  It would be basically the same thing as someone calling your cell phone over and over again so that no one else could call you. Internet security is definitely important, but I wouldn't be thickening up that tin foil hat too much just yet.
  • ....dude....just disconnect your router....... Wow.... Posted via the Android Central App
  • I will pass... Too many things going on with hackers cyber attacks etc! But great concept! Posted via the Android Central App
  • ....wow Posted via the Android Central App
  • i was all ready to run out and buy these when i read this, then i looked up the cost. Ouch! Maybe not.
  • How did they manage to persuade Terry Gilliam to let SyFy ruin arguably his best (post Python) film? Is he really that cash strapped these days?
  • Have you seen it? Or just talking out of your ass?
  • I've seen the trailer, and it looks like a typical SyFy original series, i.e. probably watchable but not particularly well made. The movie is however one of the greater classic sci-fi films made.
  • This is the dumbest thing I've heard all day.
  • Philips Magnavox called this ambi-light about 10 years ago. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Very cool! I don't have SyFy though. First I've heard of anyone doing this. Is there anything else out there that hooks in to what's on TV with the lights?