IKEA Smart Blinds Delayed

IKEA France recently tweeted that their smart blinds will be delayed until August. Previously, the release date was April 2019. The blinds will be integrated with the three most popular smart home platforms, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit. With these integrations, users will be able to command their blinds with their voices alone, or through apps.

While the blinds will be sold in two different styles, only one of them entitled Fyrtur will be available in the United States. IKEA hasn’t provided any information about sizing or pricing. However, they did confirm to CNET that they will only come in one color, which is gray.

IKEA Delays Smart Blinds

In addition to its integrations with Amazon, Google, and Apple, the smart blinds will also work with IKEA’s existing smart home products, its TRÅDFRI  smart lighting kit. Aside from smart lighting and blinds, IKEA will release its first smart speakers, powered by Sonos, next month.

IKEA is not the first company to create smart blinds. Home security company Netatmo, in a partnership with VELUX, created a “smart window” system which incorporated windows, shutters, and blinds into a larger smart home system. Unlike IKEA’s blinds, which will require the user to control them vocally or through the app, Netatmo’s blinds rely on smart sensors that measure carbon monoxide levels, temperature, and humidity. With these measurements, the blinds can open and close on their own, using the environmental data as their controls. Of course, if the user wants to make any further adjustments, they can do so through their apps on iPhones or iPads.

“Without having to program or operate a remote, the system has the ability to recognize a need for fresh air and open the skylights automatically,”

said Ross Vandemark, U.S national product manager for VELUX. With the rise of smart home devices, IKEA could prove to be a major competitor for companies like Netatmo and VELUX.

Aliza Vigderman

Aliza Vigderman

Aliza is a journalist living in Brooklyn, New York. Throughout her career, her work has spanned many intersections within the tech industry. At SquareFoot, a New York-based real estate technology company, she wrote about the ways in which technology has changed the real estate industry, as well as the challenges that business owners face when they want to invest in property. At Degreed.com, an education technology website, Aliza created digital content for lifelong learners, exploring the ways in which technology has democratized education. Additionally, she has written articles for The Huffington Post as well as her own content on Medium, the online publishing platform. Aliza’s love of journalism and research stems from the excellent Journalism program at Brandeis University. At Brandeis, Aliza interned as a research assistant at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, a non-profit “news room without walls”. There, Aliza was paired with an investigative journalist and used academic databases to obtain data on everything from the suicide rates in Bhutan to local Boston court cases. Her last position was as an account executive at Yelp, educating business owners on the power of technology to increase revenue. Throughout, however, her heart remained with tech journalism, and she’s thrilled to be writing for Security Baron. When she’s not keeping afloat of the latest tech trends, Aliza likes to cook, read, and write. A former high school “Class Clown,” Aliza has completed two feature-length screenplays, a pilot, and countless comedic sketches. On her days off you can find her relaxing in Prospect Park, trying the latest flavors at Ample Hills Ice Cream, and spending time with friends and family.

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