Now you can control your Phillips Hue lights from your Mac computer

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I got the Phillips Hue lights starter kit for Christmas, and I control them with an app on my iPhone or iPad.  Sometimes I’m at my computer and would like to turn on the lights, but I can’t unless I have one of my mobile devices with me.  Phillips made the API available for third-party developers, and Charles Aroutiounian made use of them to create the Hue Menu app for Mac computers.  This app allows you to:

  • Change the bulbs colors from the color charts in the menu or from the traditional Mac OS color picker.
  • Create presets, so you can quickly turn on a favorite color scene.
  • Select random mode for all the lights or for a specific light bulb to continually change the colors of the bulbs.
  • Set alarms to turn on/off  individual light bulbs.
  • Rename the lights.
  • Set brightness or turn on/off some or all the lights.

The Hue Menu app is $2.99 in the Mac App Store.

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