Ikea’s Smart Blinds Move Smart Home Forward

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By Jonathan Collins | 1Q 2019 | IN-5429


Ikea Adds Blinds to Its Smart Home Range


In February, the global furniture and homeware phenomenon IKEA began selling its first wireless-controlled window coverings. Until now the company has focused its smart home efforts primarily on smart lighting. News of the planned smart blinds had initially leaked last year, but their arrival in stores confirmed starting prices of around US$100, undercutting all but the most DIY of efforts. The move comes after years of only moderate smart blind uptake, but Ikea’s decision is a key step forward not just for these types of devices but for the ongoing development of smart home technology.

Europe First, but the United States to Follow


Ikea’s new Smartshades line comprises two versions, both of which have an on-board motor, a removeable, rechargeable battery, and embedded wireless connectivity. The Kadrilj model utilizes standard blind material, while the Fyrtur is the same design but made of blackout material. Availability will be limited, at least initially, by region, as Euro…

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