The coolest things you can do with Nest and Philips Hue

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Linking the Nest API with the Hue API allows you to create amazing things.

The core Nest device is a smart thermostat. It learns what temperature you like to keep your house at. Then, it keeps your house at that ideal temperature. It also regulates itself to save on your energy bills.

The Hue system of lights can react to stimulus from programs or smart phones to turn on and off, or change colour

One of the first thing that many developers did with Hue was creating light shows in time to music, movies, or video games. But, once a Hue can talk to a Nest device, there are some even more amazing applications that are available. For example:

F.lux for your home.

One of the best computer applications for a healthy life style is F.lux. This application dims a computer monitor based on the time, preventing the amount of light going into the eyes late at night. The science behind this is sound. Too much unnatural light tricks our brains into thinking it’s still day time. Because of that, our sleep suffers.

In the modern world, with blackout blinds and dark homes, it is likely that we have light sources on all the time. This means that when we do arrive home, it is possible that our lights are keeping us on.

Although would be possible to dim the lights based on simple time scheduling, each person is different. Some people might not arrive home till late. Others might even be night shift workers and need to sleep during the day. Not even one person is constant in arrival at home time. Someone may on some days get in at five o’clock, whereas, when deadlines are due, might not even get in until nine.

This can be solved with the Nest API. The Nest is aware when a user is home. This means that, along side the Hue API, a developer can make a program that regulates the brightness to the users own schedule.

Fire Alerts

One of the common functions that people have already integrated into Net and Hue applications is an additional fire alarm.

Okay, so fire alarms are very good at singing their really annoying songs the moment it detects smoke from cooking. But being able to change lights at fire could be a literal life saver for some kinds of users. For example, deaf people. Also, if you are heavy sleeper, having the lights flash as well as the fire alarm play a sound is more likely to get you up.

Make your house look active during auto away.

One concern when leaving your house for long periods of time is that, because it looks like there is no one in the house, you could be a target of thieves.

This is solved this problem with the Nest and Hue. All you have to do is tell the Hue light bulbs to turn on and off at random intervals when the Nest detects that no one is in the house. Although you could set this kind of action up on a schedule within the Hue app, having it automatically done with the Nest means that you don’t have to try and predict when you will and won’t be at home.

Solve Nest auto away problems

One of the problems with the Nest is that activates whenever it detects that there isn’t any motion in the house. This can cause problems if you or your family is just chilling out on a sofa watching TV. Your Nest could presume no one is in as no one is moving and start it’s auto-away processes.

A simple solution to this is to be notified whenever the Nest activates it’s auto-away mode. Your hue light bulbs can flicker onto a different lighting colour to let you know that your Nest device is presuming no one is in.

Light notifications on too much energy

One of the best things about Nest is its ability to save you money. It can sometimes be hard to balance that with out need to have as warm of a home as we want. One solution is for your light bulbs to tell you when the temperature you have set on your Nest device is likely to go over budget, and flicker a custom warning colour for you.

This way, you would be able to adjust your Nest thermostat to your changing needs without ever having to worry about going over your electricity bill.

Nest and Philips Hue for Developers

All of these kinds of integrations, and many more, will be possible with the CloudRail API. If you are a developer looking to integrate Nest, Hue, or any other device or service into your application, why not join our developer community?

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