Ikea appears to be expanding its Trådfri line of smart lighting products, adding new smart plugs that can make any offline product controllable via an app or a remote control, according to Swedish tech blog Teknikveckan.
The new smart plug will reportedly come in two versions: a “Control outlet kit” with an on / off remote is $15 and the “Wireless control outlet” will be $10. The power button remote can attach magnetically to metal surfaces and has a range of 10 meters. Like other Trådfri products, the smart plug will support Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, and Alexa.
Various photos from the internal Ikea inventory system have already leaked online, which show specs and a description:
With the imminent release of the Trådfri smart plug, Ikea’s inexpensive automation products continue to put the industry on notice. The company is also working on expanding its tech lineup and testing the waters with devices of various price ranges, from a $49 Bluetooth speaker to Wi-Fi speakers made in partnership with brands like Sonos and Teenage Engineering.
Update August 27th, 10:09AM: Thanks to an anonymous tipster, we’ve acquired a screenshot of the Trådfri smart plug description for the US market.