A few days after updating its iOS app to version 3.0, Philips Hue today is launching the „Philips Hue Sync“ app for Mac and PC computers. Using the app, users can sync their Hue lights to films, music, and games that they’re interacting with for an even more „immersive experience,“ according to the company.
The app works by creating light scripts for nearby Hue lights, based on screen-grabbed content from the Mac and what Philips calls a „smart color algorithm.“ With this information gathered, the app then matches the chosen Hue lights to the on-screen action of games and films in real time.
For music, Philips Hue Sync [...]
At CES in January, Ford discussed a new partnership with crowdsource navigation app Waze that aimed to bring Waze onto the touch screen of SYNC 3 vehicles through Ford’s AppLink. That partnership has been fully realized today with Waze users worldwide now able to connect their iPhones to AppLink via USB and mirror Waze on their infotainment system.
This allows drivers to access their favorite Waze features when following a route, searching for a nearby gas station, and even reporting traffic accidents, all while their iPhone is safely stored and locked. Voice guidance and commands are available as well through a Ford vehicle’s speakers and microphone system. [...]
Logitech’s G brand today announced the launch of a new gaming speaker, the G560. While primarily designed for gaming PCs, the G560 Gaming Speaker has unique features that may also be appealing to Mac users.
The G560, which features two light-up speakers and a subwoofer, is the first of Logitech’s gaming speaker systems to come equipped with Logitech G Lightsync, designed to synchronize light and sounds to gameplay, movies, music, and more for a more immersive experience.
With Lightsync support, the lights built into the speaker can light up while you’re playing games that have implemented the Lightsync API to add ambiance to gameplay. Many game [...]
This week at CES, Ford provided new details about a partnership with navigation app Waze, which will bring Waze’s GPS directions onto the touch screen of SYNC 3 vehicles when connected via USB to an iPhone. Powered by Ford AppLink, the feature will let users operate Waze „completely through a vehicle’s touch screen,“ as well as allow for voice control.
As long as the Ford vehicle includes a SYNC 3 infotainment system, users will be able to plug their iPhone into the USB port while running Waze to see the app projected onto the dashboard’s touch screen system. Afterwards, all of Waze’s features will be accessible, including crowdsourced [...]