12 Monkeys TV show to sync with your lightbulbs (!)

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The 1995 film 12 Monkeys is being remade as a TV series by the US Syfy network – which has announced that the show will do something cool with your Phillips Hue smartbulbs.

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According to CNet, the show will hook up with the Syfy “second screen” phone app to pick up on audio cues from your TV (sounds a bit like Shazam), so at the right points in the show your wireless connected Phillips lightbulbs will change colour, brighten and dim to match the action on screen.

Apparently all thirteen episodes from the series will have a “lighting track” that can be triggered through the app. What an interesting idea – but will it make the show more immersive, or just prove a silly distraction?

James O’Malley