Philips has just released it's Lighting Hub iPad app. Lighting Hub, which is available in the ios app store, is a full-on ipad app that uses the big ipad screen to the fullest. The app entitles both Philips Professional Lighting product catalog and also showcases their projects.
The catalog is oriented more towards 'search & find', with five categories:
This set-up for the catalog works really well. It makes it easy and fast to find a certain product within one each category. When choosing a certain product, the user get's an overlay with a summary of the product's most important features. The user can search 'where to buy' or 'share' on LinkedIn, Twitter or E-mail. Another nice feature that works well with the catalog is the Projectplanner. You can create a project and then simply add products for your project. This is a feauture that works really great when defining products to use for a project.
Second, is the Projects Section. This is where the app really shines! When choosing the projects section, the user gets a great visual-designed screen. From this screen the user can choose one of seven applications. After choosing, the user can navigate through project images using something that resembles Apple's cover-flow, and this works nicely with the iPad's touchscreen. Clicking on one of the pictures shows one or more 'glowing' dots. Clicking on them highlights products that are used for the project.
Points for improvement:
The search function is limited to searching products at the moment wich is a shame. The option to search projects as well, would be a nice improvement for a future update. Adding projects like those done by Philips Lumiblade - the OLED division of Philips would be nice as well to get an even richer collection of projects A feature that is really 'missed' are project videos. Philips started bringing these type of videos online and would be such a great addition to this app to make the projects come to life and give the user a real 'feel' of the project.
In conclusion, the app breathes design and 'ease of use', which greatly benefits the user experience. It is both usefull and inspirational. It's simply the lighting app that was missing. And with future updates it can only get better.
- Thomas wensma, november 2011
Thanks for the reply Clive. Yes, for the video's i most definately think this would be great with commentary from the designer, explaining more about the thought and creative process. And commentary from the specifier about the use of the products and the reason behind that.
The way you can go from projects to the online catalog is a great example of 'ease of use' of the app!
First of, thanks for your feedback and great to hear your excited about using the App!
At the moment the lighting hub app is only available for the ipad. Philips is collecting all feedback about the app and finding out how many would be interested in an Android-version of this app.
So i would think there is no definite answer on that at the moment, but with enough demand it could very well be coming in the (near) future.
Hope this helps!
I found the App really interesting, I agree with you.
Maybe could adding a section for playing with luminaires
for understanding their features, the different beams,
flux and how can be used.
I think that it's a useful tool that you can bring everytime
with you for catching out some suggestions,
ideas or simply for showing to your clients what you'd like to do in their project.