IKEA Invests In Smart Home Technology

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.

IKEA announced it's investing more in smart home technology
IKEA announced it’s investing more in smart home technology

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. 

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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