In April IKEA is adding to their Smart Home lighting products by launching a set of smart blinds and shades called KADRILJ & FYRTUR. In the US Shoppers can expect to see Ikea build out its connected window treatments and smart home offerings over the next year.
The FYRTUR shades are designed as a blackout blinds and are powered by a rechargeable battery with HomeKit support. The KADRILJ blinds are more traditional blinds that let light a little through. For both styles you can use Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri or HomeKit, Symfonisk / Sonos and Google Assistant to raise, lower and program.
IKEA is also working closely with Sonos to launch Symfonisk, a line of affordable speakers that launch this August. “We’ve learned a lot from Sonos, how they’re set up in terms of helping customers when they’re dealing with network issues, or products that are related to a Sonos speaker,” says Block. “We’re not there yet as Ikea. We have a lot to learn from a company such as Sonos, the way they really solve every problem that the company has, whether it’s caused by a Sonos speaker or another product,” like a voice assistant, a shoddy Wi-Fi connection, or a glitchy streaming service.
Ikea is uniquely positioned to use it's size to connect a fragmented smart home ecosystem and establish standards, "I don't think anyone short of Google or Amazon has enough heft to solely drive standards, and even they are finding it very difficult" says Frank Gillette, principal analyst at Forrester Research.