See what you can do with hue

When we launched hue in 2012, the feedback we got was clear. People really do want to use light in their own signature way. Our developer hub provides tools and material for developers to invent exciting, creative new ways to use or even play with light. You can keep up to date with the latest hue news, watch videos on how to do stuff, find out what sort of apps have already been created. And soon you will be able to keep tabs on which hackathon we plan to be at next, and ask questions or swap ideas with us or other 3rd party developers on the forum.

Because the hue bridge has a powerful RESTful interface, which means it behaves like a simple web service, you can easily program it. Go on, have a go – use light the way you want it, by making new apps, websites and digital installations. Integrate hue into some other product or service, and have fun with what hue can do. Whatever you like. It’s up to you.

Everything you need to program hue

This developer hub is the place where you’ll find the core parts of our bridge interface along with some easy to follow examples for how to use them. This should be enough to get you started on controlling lights from your applications.

Free to publish

Philips has a quite progressive policy with hue. As you are free to create with our product, we think it should also be you who profits from your work. What you produce you own and are free to give away or sell. There’s a little catch – this also means that everything connected with use of your product is your responsibility. Philips will not accept liability if your product causes harm, for example. So use your powers for good! And, it’s up to you whether and on what terms you choose to commercialize your product. So while we say “what is yours is yours”, on the flip side we also say, “what is ours is ours”. Here, we mean the software, trademarks documentation, and any other materials we provide to help you develop hue apps. For example, you may refer to “hue” and “Philips” in plain text but you aren’t allowed to use “hue” or “Philips” branding in any logo or graphics. Also important to note is that the interface specifications “API” belong to Philips. Imagine you are working on an app and you come up with a brilliant idea for an improvement in the API or our materials. If you suggest any improvements to us and we adopt them, they become part of the platform used by everyone, and will belong to us.

Oh, a little aside on UI: as the interface between your apps and the hue platform will evolve over time, we will do our level best to maintain backwards compatibility and will inform you with enough time, before we roll out updates. That’s why, to keep everyone up to date, we ask you to register your app/s in the whitelist and make it clear they are your creation.

Go on, have a go - experiment and have fun with hue!

Watch this space

There will be documentation covering more of hue features soon.

There already is an Apple SDK and a Java SDK to make linking hue to your apps a breeze.

There will be additional tiers to the developer program added over time to give you access to the portal APIs, hue endorsement/promotion, scenes and more.

Oh yes, please feel free to contact us to share what you are doing with hue, or to ask for information/support.