Hue Remote

"Remote control for the use with the Philips hue bridge.
A beautiful and innovative application with speech-recognition, iCloud sync and a Mac OS counterpart."

Hue Remote on iOS & Hue Server on Mac OS
Our approach was to create an elegant and aesthetic application
questioning the status quo in Home Automation, Smart-Homes and the future of Ambient-Control.

"Simplicity and efficiency: German design & development."
Drag lights horizontally to change their brightness, touch them once to open a color picker.
Swipe vertically to switch views
  • "Single bulb, all lamps or groups: Change their state with a master-slider."
    From small setups up to large houses: Taking control of multiple lights in the same time makes sense.
    Grouping lights in Hue Remote enables a selection of your bulbs for a seamless integration into the minimalistic interface design.
  • "Group lights, create scenes and flag your favorite ones for quick access."
    You prefer some colors, don't you?
    The "flag" function in Hue Remote makes it more easy for you to quickly activate the scenes you use the most.

  • "Copy & Paste. For light."
    There are lots of colors out there. Time to explore them!
    Simply shake your iOS device to activate a random color gradient or to play a random album in iTunes.

    You can also take a picture which will be analyzed to find the best colors automatically without any interaction necessary.
Found a color you like?
Save your bulbs state as scenes and apply them to all your lamps or groups later.
"Sort the chaos through colors:
A well known approach from the iOS springboard."
Go through your scenes visually with a gorgeous fullscreen-view or swipe horizontally to bring up their names.

Each rectangle represents one of your lights. The order can be changed both horizontally and vertically simply by dragging the light or scene.
"How long shall it take until your bulbs fade to the new state?"
Setting up a transition-time between 1 min and 2 h is only a touch away.
Each scene can also have a default transition-time being pre-selected.

Simply press and hold a scene to show advanced options.
User Interface:

"The navigation & interaction of Hue Remote is based on gestures like swiping for fast access
to your favorite color scenes and functions. Or simply use your voice."
Speech-recognition has been around since the 1960s and the machines still don't really understand us as humans.
Certain tasks however are simply more efficient to be asked for rather than scrolling through lists and views.

"Taking it a step further.. connecting iOS & Mac OS."
Hue Server
Hue Server comes with AppleScript, Automator, OSC, Arduino & Processing support
and has an own human readable API.

"Do you really want to sit in front of your computer-screen deciding which colors fit your living room or kitchen best?
Setup your light-scenes on iOS, locally in your environment. They'll sync to your Mac via iCloud."
"Text based command search with auto-suggestions"
The fastest user interface is still the physical keyboard.
A couple of chars are enough to receive a suggestion based on your light-scenes, AppleScripts & more.

For a full list of possible commands have a look at the Developer's Guide
Leap Motion:
"With the mouse we tried to mimic our finger. With touch-screens we got closer to the content.
But what is more natural than your body itself?"

Hue Server on your Mac supports the Leap Motion sensor.
  • "Simply lower or raise your hand to set the brightness of your lamps."
    To avoid accidental light changes hold 5 fingers over the Leap Motion sensor to activate the dim-gesture.
  • "Swipe up with one finger to turn on light after light."
    The order in which your lights will go on matches the sorting you setup on iOS.
  • "Do a circle gesture to change the color of your lamps."
    To change the saturation perform the dim gesture with 4 fingers instead of 5.

Leap Motion tutorial


  • "Home Automation on the next level."
    "Use your voice on iOS to run AppleScripts on your Mac."
    Take control of applications like "Indigo", "iTunes", "EyeTV", "VLC", "Calendar" and many others.
  • "Hue Remote can be embedded in existing home automation solutions adding the possibility to
    control different applications by simply using your voice or a beautifully elegant and simple interface on iOS."
    Combine Philips hue light-scenes with AppleScript to control other applications or
    let them control your hue bulbs via AppleScript or OSC.

"Falling asleep but iTunes still running? Your music will fade away in the same speed your lights will."
  • Hue Remote can trigger playlists in iTunes and control your music.

    When you go to bed you can activate the "Good Night iTunes" - scene
    softly fading out lights and music up to 2 hours while you fall asleep.
Universal Hub:

"Imagine a central hub in your environment serving as universal gateway between
different hard & software, languages and human expressions."

"Hue Server comes with AppleScript, Automator, OSC, Arduino & Processing support
and has an own human readable API."
Hook up your old MIDI synthesizer from the 80s to control your light-bulbs, use
your voice on iOS to control your cat's food supply - the possibilities are endless.

For further information visit the Developer's Guide
Or have a look at our tutorials:

Location awareness:
"Hue Server has an awareness of where you are and what you do."
With Hue Server you can connect custom actions to when you stay at a location or switch to a new one.
"Tell Hue Server about your current location via iOS, Mac OS
or automate it with motion sensors, OSC, AppleScript or the Estimote iBeacons."
Locations are basically groups of lights. On iOS you can press and hold a group to set it as current location.

Through the Hue Server API you can can connect nearly any hardware or software controller to "feed the location information".

  • "Dim the room you leave while enlightening the one you enter."
    Whenever a location change is recognized Hue Server will launch a dedicated AppleScript you can modify.
    If the name of your current location matches a light group it will react through a change of brightness out of the box.
  • "When you go to another location the interface on iOS changes, presenting you only the lights around you.
    You can edit these groups of lights and give them the names your rooms have."
    Presenting you groups of lights related to your location is not only fast and efficient,
    it also enables a new perception of your environment. You'll love that feature when you have multiple rooms.

  • "You are in your kitchen since 30 minutes. Cooking?"
    The "heartbeat" of Hue Server never stops.

    When you stay at a location longer Hue Server will run dedicated AppleScripts ranging from 30 seconds up to hours.
    This way you can automate behaviors of lights, music and electronic devices around based on where & how long you are at a location.
  • "You are in your bedroom since 2 hours. Sleeping?"
    Enter your bedroom, Hue Remote will recognize you are in there.

    The light close to your bed softly fades to a warm, sleepy white. In the same time
    music fades in while the lights of other rooms turn off automatically.


"Open Hue Remote and automatically see the lights around you.
Just place the Estimote iBeacons in your rooms and name them after your light-groups."
The Estimote iBeacons can also be used as near-field trigger for plenty of actions:

on / off commands
OS X (via Hue Server)
iTunes playlists
OSC commands
Speech Output

Estimote iBeacon tutorial

Get your Estimote iBeacons at

"User reviews"

"This is the app the Hue should have come bundled with. Period.
Its better looking than the stock app, it has better functionality, and it has a better feature set.
I cannot recommend this app enough."

"This is how the stock app provided by Philips should look. Just gorgeous."

"Like many Hue owners, I was frustrated with the standard app (...)
Hue Remote is a simply stunning app."

"The future: An app that shows how good Hue can be and how good it's going to be.
The best Hue app out there yet."