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26 & 27 MARCH 2019

NEC, BIRMINGHAM

IKEA Is Taking Over The Smart Home World

IKEA is venturing into the smart home world more and more, and seems to have a better grasp on the sector than just about anyone else…

Over a year ago, IKEA took its first steps into the smart home market, introducing a line of connected light bulbs. This spring, the company is adding smart blinds to its range, and if this wasn’t enough, from August on, its shelves will also be displaying Wi-Fi speakers designed in collaboration with Sonos, the experts in home sound systems.

IKEA’s choice of smart devices is demonstrative of their understanding of the sector -  smart home technology is meant to solve issues and make our lives easier, rather than over complicating it; and this is just what the furniture giant is doing.

To start off, IKEA’s smart home range focuses on solving real issues. For instance, the company has been making cordless blinds for years, and while this is a great way to minimise the risk of injury, it can mean that occasionally people can’t physically reach them.

The new smart blinds come as the perfect solution, by allowing the consumer to wirelessly operate them.

What’s more, instead of rushing all their smart products out, they are taking the time to perfect them and apply what they’ve learned from previous launches, in order to give the consumer an user-friendly experience. The smart blinds were already in the planning back in 2017, but will only be arriving over a year and a half later than the bulbs, to ensure consumers won’t be faced with the same compatibility problems that previously occurred.

It’s fair to say that IKEA is only just starting its smart home venture, and in the future we can expect an improved experience both in the IKEA store and at home. For now, we can be sure their heading in the right direction, and we can’t wait to see what will come next!