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IKEA Symfonisk Picture Frame Review: Art is in the ear of the beholder

IKEA Symfonisk Picture Frame Review: Art is in the ear of the beholder

For a while it seemed like IKEA and Sonos' Symfonisk collaboration had stalled, but the new Symfonisk Picture Frame is a reminder that, much like artwork, unusual tech can take time to create. Packaging a connected Sonos speaker into a piece of wall art, it bypasses the traditional aesthetic associated with home audio for something that - depending on your decor - will either be more or less surreptitious than anything else from Sonos' line-up.

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IKEA SYMFONISK Picture Frame hands-on: An artful Sonos speaker

IKEA SYMFONISK Picture Frame hands-on: An artful Sonos speaker

IKEA's SYMFONISK Picture Frame speaker has arrived, and if you didn't know it hid wireless music talents behind the abstract art, you'd be forgiven for not realizing Sonos' involvement. Third addition to the SYMFONISK range, the new Picture Frame speaker joins the Bookshelf Speaker and Table Lamp Speaker as some of the most affordable ways to add Sonos to your home.

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IKEA and Sonos’ picture frame speaker has one big problem

IKEA and Sonos’ picture frame speaker has one big problem

Sonos and IKEA have returned with another surprisingly affordable speaker, but the SYMFONISK Picture Frame hides its music in plain sight. In the process it has added a new element of design to the partnership though, as excited as I am for more attainable connected speakers, I can't help but feel that neither company has quite closed the loop on this third product.

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Sonos and IKEA’s Picture Frame speaker is official: Here’s how it works

Sonos and IKEA’s Picture Frame speaker is official: Here’s how it works

Sonos and IKEA have revealed their latest SYMFONISK speaker, and while we may have already seen the new wall-mounted model there are some key details the two companies have confirmed today. The picture frame style is the speaker most obviously intended to be wall-mounted that we've seen from Sonos or IKEA so far, aiming to blur the distinction between a piece of art and a piece of music hardware.

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IKEA Tradfri smart lamp with 108kb RAM can sort of run Doom

IKEA Tradfri smart lamp with 108kb RAM can sort of run Doom

It has long been both an insider joke as well as a challenge that the game Doom, at least the original one by id Software from 1993, can run on anything that qualifies as a computer. Of course, the latter can be defined as anything that has a microprocessor, which includes most non-trivial consumer electronics these days. Smart appliances are even better targets for these attempts, and that is indeed what a couple of hackers attempted in making IKEA's Tradfri smart lighting run the game, though with a bit of necessary cheating.

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Watch DIYer play original DOOM on a dissected Ikea light bulb

Watch DIYer play original DOOM on a dissected Ikea light bulb

Getting the original DOOM game to run on lightweight hardware has morphed over the years as DIYers embrace increasingly bizarre and amusing devices. We've seen the game on old iPods, digital cameras, the Apple Watch, graphing calculators, printers, and more. The latest item added to the list is a dissected light bulb from Ikea.

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IKEA Symfonisk picture frame is a Sonos speaker in disguise

IKEA Symfonisk picture frame is a Sonos speaker in disguise

Swedish furniture brand IKEA enjoys both popularity and notoriety of its minimalist design, DIY assembly, and, more recently, integration with IoT technologies. Unlike makers of smart home products, IKEA incorporates Internet-connected features in tasteful and sometimes bizarre ways. Its newest attempt might be to sell you an IKEA Symfonisk picture frame that isn't really a picture frame but more like an art deco that happens to house an invisible Sonos speaker inside the frame.

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New Sonos and IKEA Symfonisk speaker teased [Update: Art Speaker too]

New Sonos and IKEA Symfonisk speaker teased [Update: Art Speaker too]

Sonos Roam reviews may have dropped this morning, but the new portable speaker isn't the only thing the company is getting excited about, with the prospect of a new IKEA Symfonisk launch in the pipeline. The collaboration between Sonos and IKEA broke cover back in 2019, with two initial products tapping the multi-room audio tech of one company and the low pricing strategy of the other.

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IKEA FÖRNUFTIG air purifier is unexpectedly cheap and stylish

IKEA FÖRNUFTIG air purifier is unexpectedly cheap and stylish

IKEA has made an air purifier, and while there are plenty of options out there for adding some gas and smell removal from your home, the new FÖRNUFTIG has the benefit of being unexpectedly affordable. Unlike rival purifiers - which can cost hundreds of dollars to buy, and then $60+ for replacement filters - IKEA's takes a leaf out of the company's furniture playbook.

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IKEA gaming range taps ASUS ROG for chairs, motorized desks & some oddities

IKEA gaming range taps ASUS ROG for chairs, motorized desks & some oddities

IKEA is readying a set of gaming accessories, including an affordable gaming chair, desks, and some more oddball items, with the plan to launch the range globally from October 2021. There'll be six product families in all, some of which IKEA has developed in tandem with ASUS' Republic of Gamers gaming division. Initially, they're all available in China.

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IKEA’s cardboard console cutouts make it easier to pick the right entertainment center

IKEA’s cardboard console cutouts make it easier to pick the right entertainment center

When it comes to furniture that you have to assemble yourself, IKEA is probably the most famous retailer out there. The company tends to make furniture that's of decent quality while being notoriously difficult to assemble. Anyone on the hunt for a new entertainment center for the living room to hold a PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X will want to know if the consoles will fit.

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IKEA Catalog discontinued as retailer turns page on furniture shopping

IKEA Catalog discontinued as retailer turns page on furniture shopping

IKEA is axing its catalog, retiring both the printed and digital versions of the iconic product guide. It's an end to seven decades of the printed IKEA Catalog, the vessel by which the now-famous Swedish furniture retailer managed to convince people just how its distinctive Scandinavian style could fit into their homes.

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