Philips Announces New Hue Wireless Dimming Kit

Philips Announces New Hue Wireless Dimming Kit
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Phillips today announced an expansion of its Hue line of lights, adding the new Philips Hue Wireless Dimming Kit and Philips Hue white bulb. The dimming kit requires no installation and it integrates seamlessly with existing Hue products, letting customers change the brightness of up to 10 Philips Hue white bulbs at the same time.

Each dimming kit includes one Philips Hue white light bulb and a portable battery operated dimming switch, with additional white bulbs available as a separate purchase. Using the dimming kit is as simple as plugging in one of the Philips bulbs. The switch can be fixed to the wall, much like the Hue Tap, or used as a remote control.

Getting ambiance at home has never been so simple; just screw in your bulb and press the dimmer switch to create your own personal dimmable glow. You can use the dimmer switch as a normal wall switch, or take it from the base plate and use it as a remote control for optimal convenience as it can be easily placed anywhere you desire. Plus, you don’t have to get off the sofa to dim the lights anymore when watching your favorite TV show; you can even lower the lights from the warmth of your bed.

Philips promises no flickering or buzzing with its dimmer kit, which is a common problem with traditional LED dimming solutions. With the ability to con…………… continues on Mac Rumors

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Google OnHub’s Biggest Challenge: Making The Wireless Router Loveable
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In the mind of IDC analyst Jonathan Gaw, replacing a wireless router is kind of like getting a root canal.

Even if there was a way to make the procedure more tolerable, you’re probably not going to volunteer unless you really need it. “Until I have some serious dental issues, I’m not going back, even if you promised me it’s painless,” Gaw says.

Google’s new OnHub router

Gaw is explaining some of the obstacles Google faces in reinventing the wireless router with OnHub, a $ 200 device that starts shipping later this month. OnHub’s cylindrical design doesn’t resemble a typical router, and that’s the point; it’s supposed to sit in the open, where its circular pattern of 13 antennas can sniff out congestion and deliver the best signal to dozens of devices. Google also promises a hassle-free setup, conducted entirely through a companion smartphone app.

OnHub might not be so intriguing if all it was ever going to be was a more pleasant router. But the quantity of radios, storage, and memory that Google has also packed into OnHub hints at much greater ambitions. While it may be a just a router right now, it could eventually serve as the swit…………… continues on Fast Company

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