Ambilight: Philips LED backlighting technology could soon be adapted to more televisions, including those already present in user lounges via a project offered on the Kickstarter platform.
Few years ago, Philips surprised by offering an original feature on some of its LCD televisions: Ambilight. A series of LED located on the outer frame of the rear panel of televisions projecting a light of different color to match the lighting atmosphere with the images displayed on the screen.
Technology Philips has evolved a lot since the first models and currently offers an additional immersion of the viewer in the video.
The success of the feature has not escaped the notice of a few engineers who now wish to raise a sufficient budget for the marketing of a module adaptable to any television set allowing to offer a similar rendering.
The Lightpack will consist of several LEDS colorful on a frame that should be attached to the back of his television. The LEDs should thus propose to adapt the intensity and their colors according to the colors arriving at the edge of the screen, artificially extending the display surface.
In addition to its aesthetic function, the system provides an indirect light source which will rest the viewers’ eyes, and prevent them from turning on a light source external to the television set.
The Lightpack should be programmable to react brightly when receiving emails, or Facebook and Twitter alerts. Players should also find their account there, since they will be able to associate several light interactions with their titles, for example a colored flash to warn of the end of a spell’s reloading.
All software should be open source, leaving free rein for any use as needed. The project is currently seeking to bring together a little more 260,000 dollars financing, the purchase of a Lightpack being offered to $ 60 for delivery scheduled in next july.
Hue Play HDMI Sync, the Philips Ambilight for everyone
As we know, when you watch a film on your small screen, the sound of a television is of capital importance when it comes to immersion in the scenes. And how can we not remember it so much the offer of audio reproduction and soundbars products is bloated. However, and for years, Philips has also bet on mood lighting to project the viewer into the heart of the cinematographic action. A bet that has not yet found other amateurs in the competition.
However, it suffices to have had the opportunity to watch a program on a screen equipped with Ambilight technology to realize the added value that this system brings. According to the Dutchman, 80% of Ambilight TV users use the same technology when they change their position. They remain loyal to Philips.
And for all the others? The brand’s specialized branch in lighting design and production, Signify, provides users of other televisions with an “Ambilight-like” system, the Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync, which owners of personal computers.
This is a box to be connected via wifi to your home network via a bridge (the Philips Hue V2 is required) and wired to your television set (or computer). This is the first step. Then, on this box, we will connect up to 4 sources via HDMI. This will for example be the TV box of course, but also a DVD player, a game console or other. The goal will be to synchronize HDMI signals from these sources in Bluetooth with the connected lights so that they react to the images projected on the screen. The box, like a hub, will connect all this small world to the Philips Hue ecosystem.
Magnified video atmosphere
If you already use this system at home, you will not be disoriented and the only purchase of the Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync will be enough to operate. For the others, it will be necessary to invest in a few Philips Hue lights capable of generating colors. There are all kinds presented in the form of bulbs, spotlights, even bands or light bars.
This done, it will be necessary to dispatch the lights as judiciously as possible in the living room and to inform the software (Hue Sync) of the places where they have been placed. Then, and according to the desired effect, we will indicate the source (video, music or game), we will choose between 4 levels of intensity and the desired brightness.
When viewing, we can say that the Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync performs its task very honorably even if the response time is slower than on a Philips Ambilight television which integrates the process natively.
In contrast, with the Signify box, lights can be placed anywhere in the room and not just behind the station. The atmosphere takes on yet another dimension, especially during games of video games where the spectator also becomes an actor.
Of course all this at a cost, and, put together, the expense between the box and the bulbs will represent an investment to be taken into account. If you want to boost your current non-Ambilight TV, you will obviously have to go through this solution.
If not, perhaps consider purchasing a Philips Ambilight television where everything will be integrated natively. Their latest models, from the The One series for example, have an entry ticket that is barely more expensive than what you will spend to equip yourself separately. Worth thinking about …
Philips Hue Play Gradient: Ambilight for everyone!
Signify, formerly known as Philips Lighting, has just announced a series of novelties in its Philips Hue range with, in particular, a new product that many of us expected following the release of the Philips Hue Play Sync Box: an LED strip capable of ’emit different colors depending on the desired portion like Ambilight televisions … Here it is and it is called: Philips Hue Play Gradient !
Philips Hue Play Gradient: an Ambilight LED strip!
Like almost all LED strips on the market, that of Philips Hue had a small problem: the impossibility ofilluminate each LED differently and to create portions of colors to match the image, as the brand’s Ambilight televisions do so well. With the release of its Hue Play Sync Box, Philips promised to finally be able to adapt an identical system to all televisions on the market, without however offering THE product that was missing: the Philips Hue Play Gradient LED strip !
This new lightstrip will, in fact, make it possible to broadcast different colors synchronized with the television or the computer screen, each series of LEDs being able to come alive with one of the 16 million colors available to stick closely. of the broadcast image. Thanks to a rounded shape, this new LED strip will also be able to project the light at 45 ° for an optimal rendering and an effect more than ever similar to that of Ambilight TVs.
Available from October 6, 2020, the LED strip Philips Hue Play Gradient will be offered in three formats 55, 65 and 75 inches at the respective prices of € 179.99, € 199.99 and € 229.99. An extremely high price which risks cooling more than one, especially since it will obviously be necessary to acquire a parallel Hue Play HDMI Sync Box synchronization box, i.e. a entrance ticket over 400 € to afford the luxury of an Ambilight-like. Knowing that a Philips TV with Ambilight 3 technology can be negotiated for less than 500 €, it’s a safe bet that the use of this product remains a little anecdotal for the moment …
The Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync box will be available by January 2020. To connect to a television, whatever its brand, it promises to connect to Hue lights to offer a light atmosphere synchronized with the images on the screen.
Philips televisions are famous for their lighting system synchronized with the images displayed on the screen. Called Ambilight, it is based on LED bars arranged on two or three sides of the TVs and intended to promote the feeling of immersion in the content. A system which therefore requires investing in a brand television, like the recent OLED854 or OLED934.
For those who do not wish to renew their equipment or prefer to turn to a competing brand, it will however soon be possible to obtain a system of light synchronization with the images. It is to Signify, which operates the Philips Hue brand specializing in lighting (connected or not), that it will be necessary to turn to implement it. It intends to launch in January 2020 a box presented for the first time at the IFA, last September: the Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box.
The device is presented as a box with four HDMI ports to connect various devices such as Apple TV, a Blu-ray player, a PlayStation 4 or an Xbox. The idea is therefore to synchronize the content from these various HDMI sources with the Hue bulbs. Up to ten lights are supported, with various intensity levels offered within the mobile application that accompanies the dispatcher. The whole can also be synchronized to the rhythm of the sound. However, you have to go through a box connected to Hue Play: it can be a simple Chromecast or even an Nvidia Shield TV. Live TV without an external box or applications included in Smart TVs are therefore not taken into account, while Signify assures that the Dolby Vision and HDR10 + standards will be supported next year.