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These IKEA SmartShades will make auto-blinds much more affordable

These IKEA SmartShades will make auto-blinds much more affordable

Is there anything more representative of the smart home than smart blinds? Okay, maybe there are a few things, but in movies and TV shows that feature so-called homes of the future, smart blinds that raise and lower at the touch of a button (or through voice commands) are a staple technology. The problem is that here in the real world, smart blinds have historically been pretty expensive. As usual, IKEA is here to save us from costly home furnishings.

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IKEA Xiaomi products are just the beginning

IKEA Xiaomi products are just the beginning

This week Xiaomi teamed up with IKEA in a bid to take the Internet of Things industry by storm. Speaking of the future of the company, Xiaomi suggested they'd be primarily centered on Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI) within the next ten years. IKEA, at the same time, made clear they're in the business of selling everything the home could possibly need now and through the future - and that includes smart devices.

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IKEA Eneby Bluetooth speakers offer minimalist style on a budget

IKEA Eneby Bluetooth speakers offer minimalist style on a budget

IKEA has launched its first Bluetooth speaker designed for the home, its new Eneby range. The IKEA Eneby is offered in two different sizes, and features a design that is intended to pair well with existing ranges from the company. As with many Bluetooth speakers, Eneby is portable and can be used in a variety of situations, including on-the-go or mounted on stands/wall brackets.

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IKEA and Sonos pair up will make your home sound better

IKEA and Sonos pair up will make your home sound better

Sonos has been making some pretty big strides lately. First was the launch of its new Sonos One speaker, which comes supporting Alexa out of the box and will launch support for Google Assistant next year. Now, the company has announced a new partnership with IKEA, in which it will attempt to make music more prevalent and effortlessly accessible throughout your home.

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IKEA Tradfri smart lighting finally gets HomeKit, Alexa support

IKEA Tradfri smart lighting finally gets HomeKit, Alexa support

IKEA may have somewhat become a household name when it comes to minimalist, modular and hip furniture, but it isn’t known for jumping into the smart home arena head on. That should have changed last August, when it promised to add support for the three major smart home and AI assistants in the market. Fast forward three months later, it is only now that the IKEA Tradfri line of connected bulbs is getting integration with Apple HomeKit and Amazon Alexa, with Google Home still left behind.

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IKEA welcomes iPhone 8 wireless charging with tribute campaign

IKEA welcomes iPhone 8 wireless charging with tribute campaign

You can credit the iPhone 8 and iPhone X for the recent resurgence in interest in wireless charging, and IKEA isn't letting that opportunity pass it by. The company has offered select versions of its furniture with wireless charging functionality since 2015, but until now iPhone owners have required an adapter in order to take advantage. With the arrival of native support in the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, as well as the upcoming iPhone X, IKEA is relaunching its range.

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IKEA smart lighting gets Alexa, Google Home, and HomeKit upgrade

IKEA smart lighting gets Alexa, Google Home, and HomeKit upgrade

IKEA may not be the first company you think of when it comes to smart home kit, but the Swedish behemoth's newly HomeKit, Alexa, and Google Home compatible lighting might change that. As promised, the IKEA Tradfri range of connected bulbs have been updated, with a new firmware version for the bridge bringing support for a variety of third-party IoT platforms. Given Tradfri's aggressive pricing, it could well make it the go-to choice for those wanting to outfit more than a few lighting fixtures with smart bulbs.

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IKEA goes green with Solar Battery Storage solutions

IKEA goes green with Solar Battery Storage solutions

IKEA is probably one of the biggest names in the home furnishing market. Being popular, however, also means attracting even more criticisms and doubters, especially those that have qualms over the company’s use of materials. While there’s no going around the fact that wood is still the material of choice or most furniture. The company, however, wants to be part of the solution rather than just contributing to a global problem. That’s why it’s now launching its Solar Battery Storage offer to help cut down on carbon footprint and, in the long run, also cut down on bills.

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IKEA smart lighting price confirmed; HomeKit, Google Home, Alexa incoming

IKEA smart lighting price confirmed; HomeKit, Google Home, Alexa incoming

IKEA is continuing its assault on the smart home, with its new TRÅDFRI smart lighting range undercutting stalwarts like Philips Hue when it hits US stores this spring. The popular homewares and furniture company - known as much for its competitive pricing as its flat-pack, self-assembly products - has confirmed US pricing for the connected bulb range. Notably, the TRÅDFRI line-up will support Apple HomeKit, Google Home, and Amazon Alexa support natively.

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Ikea joins the smart home biz with Trådfri connected lights

Ikea joins the smart home biz with Trådfri connected lights

Although not exactly present in all corners of the globe, the name Ikea is well-known for ready-to-assemble furniture, and sometimes overpriced products. It isn't, however, known for being on the cutting edge of technology. Although it has dabbled a bit in augmented reality and wireless charging, it has yet to jump on the home automation market. It isn't jumping yet, but it is now at least dipping its toes in that still young segment. And like any budding smart home product, it's Trådfri line is starting with the simplest one of all: connected lights.

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IKEA VR app uses an HTC Vive to design your dream kitchen

IKEA VR app uses an HTC Vive to design your dream kitchen

IKEA might be renowned as a furniture and home accessories company, but that doesn't mean it's not ready to always dive at the forefront of the latest trends in technology. It has already launched a catalog of products with built-in wireless charging capabilities. It has even dabbled in augmented reality before to bring its catalog to life. Now its is also jumping in head first into the world of virtual reality, with an IKEA VR Experience app that lets you preview and modify a kitchen to your heart's content, all from the magical, digital VR space.

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IKEA’s wireless charging furniture coming to the US in Spring

IKEA’s wireless charging furniture coming to the US in Spring

Everybody loves devices, but nobody loves cords. That seems to be the growing sentiment lately. The growing number of mobile devices at home means there might also be a jungle of wires and cables, all competing for the wall socket. And sometimes they might even compete with home appliances. In an attempt to bring peace to the world, at least the world inside the home, IKEA has come out with a couple of wireless charging solutions that bring both utility and beauty to your house. And the good news is that they're finally arriving in the US too.

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