Philips has rolled out the latest update for its Hue customizable LED lightbulbs, adding new location, alarm, and timer features that make the its home lighting product even smarter. The new features come as part of a new iOS app update, interacting with web services to alert you of changes in the weather, deliver social media notifications, and other user-created macros thanks to Philips' partnership with internet automation platform IFTTT.
The addition of a new geofencing feature allows you to configure different lighting environments when you enter or leave the house. Alarms can now be set to recur as part of a specific schedule and the timer can now be used to turn on the lights at random times — a useful feature if you want to make it appear like you're home when you aren't. With the expansion of its Hue API earlier this year, Philips opened the door to custom apps — it now boasts more than 30 third-party apps that can coordinate with music, connect to fitness equipment to display heart rates, and interact with Siri to respond to spoken commands.