Ikea has been making furniture for a long time, since it was founded in 1943 in Sweden. Since then, its modern design and inexpensive prices has allowed it to become the largest furniture retailer in the world. However, they have not just been making chairs and tables. The company has also been focusing on other ways to improve your home, from doing Life at Home surveys around the world, to starting to build their own IoT devices. They have Tradfri Smart Lights which connect to the Internet through a central hub and can be controlled through a phone or a wireless remote.
The lightbulbs have currently been simple and not widely compatible with other systems, but their hub will soon be getting an update to support different assistants, including Amazon Echo, Apple’s Smart Home, and Google Assistant. This will still require that hub to be present, but will allow other services to talk to the hub as an intermediary for the technology itself. They estimate this will occur around the summer or fall.
Their base kit, with the hub, remote, and two bulbs, costs $80. While not the cheapest solution, it does show Ikea’s Smart Home division is continuing to investigate what the future of homes may look like and continuing to integrate your technology with the rest of your home.
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