Philips Hue’s new TV gadget matches colored lights to whatever you watch or play

The folks behind Philips Hue have already released a lot of new smart lights this year. Now, the brand’s newest product wants to help you sync those color-changing smart lights with whatever’s playing on your TV screen. It’s called the Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box, and it’s a significant upgrade for the brand’s Hue Entertainment feature — but at a preorder asking price of $230, it won’t come cheap.

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The folks behind Philips Hue have already released a lot of new smart lights this year. Now, the brand’s newest product wants to help you sync those color-changing smart lights with whatever’s playing on your TV screen. It’s called the Philips Hue Play HDMI Sync Box, and it’s a significant upgrade for the brand’s Hue Entertainment feature — but at a preorder asking price of $230, it won’t come cheap.

Like the name suggests, Hue’s new sync box is an HDMI pass-through device similar to the one we tested out with the DreamScreen 4K TV lighting kit. You’ll connect it to your TV, then take your media streamersgame consoles, set-top boxes and anything else that connects to your TV via HDMI and connect it to the Hue Play Box, instead. From there, Hue reads the incoming video signal of whatever you’re watching or playing and uses that data to quarterback color-matching smart lighting effects in real time, with virtually no lag. for more www.cnet.com

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