After creating smart lighting and speakers, the home store IKEA has announced that it’s establishing a business unit called IKEA Home smart. IKEA Home smart will be responsible for the development of more smart home products, adding to IKEA’s existing SONOS smart speakers and TRÅDFRI smart lighting, now both accessible on the IKEA Home smart app. This unit is the biggest New Business established since Children’s IKEA, according to Peter van der Poel, Manager of IKEA Range & Supply.
In a press release from IKEA, Björn Block, Head of IKEA Home smart Business Unit, said,
“By working together with all other departments within IKEA, the business unit of IKEA Home smart will drive the digital transformation of the IKEA range, improving and transforming existing businesses and developing new businesses to bring more diverse smart products to the many people. We are just getting started.”
IKEA Smart Lighting Works With Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit
Currently, IKEA’s smart lighting line TRÅDFRI works with Amazon Alexa and Apple HomeKit, allowing for voice commands on the lights themselves. Their light bulbs cost anywhere from around $16 to $30 a piece, which is typical of smart light bulbs. The bulbs are multicolor, dimmable, and can be grouped into scenes or scheduled to go on and off at certain times.
Related: The Best Smart Light Bulbs of 2019
IKEA Smart Blinds To Come?
This past spring, IKEA France delayed the United States release of their smart blinds by four months from April 2019 until August 2019. While the blinds were released in Europe this month, in the United States they have now been delayed even further until November. The Fyrtur blinds cost $134 and are charged via a USB cord and a rechargeable battery. They integrate with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit as well as Google Assistant.