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Vivaldi web browser gets the ability to control your smart home lighting

The latest version of the Vivaldi browser comes integrated with Philips Hue lighting system and can change the color of the lights based on the web page you are surfing.

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Before Internet of Things (IoT), we used manual switches to control the lights in the house. With smart homes, the power to turn on the light or switch it off was brought to smartphones and even wearables. Now the newest method to control the lights is through a web browser! Vivaldi has released a new version of its web browser which is IoT-enabled and lets one change the color of smart home lighting all through browsing.

The latest version 1.5 is integrated with Philips hue smart home lighting and offers users a one-of-a-kind ability to adjust the hue settings through the browser. Philips hue is a personal wireless LED lighting system that allows one to choose over 16 million colors and go creative with imagination. With the latest Vivaldi v1.5 browser, users can control the intelligent lighting system. In order to use the browser to control the system, one needs to enable Hue in Vivaldi Theme Settings and tap on the Philips Hue Bridge to confirm the connection. Now you can select which lights Vivaldi should control and the next time you browse, it will synchronize your physical surroundings with the color of the web. So for example, if you are on a website with a red-colored theme, the lights around you will also take on the same hue as you surf.

This is just a first step for us but imagine a world where you get notified for a new email or web notification through a light bulb,” explains CEO Jon von Tetzchner. Other than the fun way of customizing your surrounding lights based on real-time browsing, Vivaldi v1.5 also comes with a lot of improvements and new features.

The browser now comes with a tab dragging feature which lets one prioritize tabs in a particular window. The feature has long existed in rival platforms such as Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge. It also comes with the capability to drag tab stacks and tab selections making it easier for users to switch between windows. Tab stacking allows users to create folders of tabs and with just a single drag of one tab onto the other creates a tab stack. ALSO READ: India could embrace 5G technology through Internet of Things: J S Deepak

In terms of enhancements, the newest version now comes with a reader mode button and automatic screenshots in notes. The reader mode button has been added to the address bar of the browser. The feature removes clutter from a web page and offers simple reading experience with just the text visible for better readability. The automatic screenshots feature in notes works if you add a note from selected text on a web page. It will automatically include a screenshot of the page by default to help in citation and cross-checking. This feature can be disabled from the settings.

Vivaldi has further introduced new delta updates for Windows versions. Delta updates address slow connection issues and only the changes from a particular release are downloaded instead of the entire binary. As Vivaldi explains, this results in a smaller download that transfers faster, helping users with slow connections.

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  • Published Date: November 22, 2016 6:49 PM IST