IKEA is apparently keen at taking on the smart home industry with its signature, low-cost smart shades and automated window blinds, reports suggest. FYRTUR and KADRILJ are the two new smart home collections by the Swedish furniture maker, which may first hit the European markets.
Designed by David Wahl, FYRTUR is a smart, battery-operated window shade that can be controlled with the included remote control and the TRADFRI app. IKEA’s smart window blinds are also going to support Amazon Alexa, Google Home or Apple’s Homekit with TRADFRI lighting gateway. On the other hand, KADRILJ is a typical battery-operated window blind with remote control.
According to the German IKEA website, these battery-operated window blinds are currently available in some IKEA stores in Germany and will be available to order online from February 2, 2019.
There are a number of choices for size, while pricing is the main attraction. These cost between €99-€119 ($113-$136). It is still unknown whether IKEA’s new window blinds will be launched globally or not.
Update: According to Fast Company, IKEA smart window blinds will be available in the US starting April 1, 2019.
Update (18 March, 2019): As reported by Digital Trends, the Swedish furniture maker has delayed the launch of its smart blinds until later in 2019 in order to improve the firmware.