Ikea is ramping up its Tradfri line of smart home products, based on leaks of its $10 smart plug coming in October and the news of its upcoming smart blinds. Tech journalist Dave Zatz discovered the FCC filing yesterday for an open / close remote control that can be used to operate motorized smart blinds.
Ikea’s Tradfri line is currently limited to smart lighting products, but judging from these leaks, the company is quickly on its way to building an entire home automation system. Its affordability — not to mention compatibility with Apple’s HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, and Google Assistant — make it a formidable player in the smart home market.
Motorized shades can be pricey, in the range of $300 to $400, and home automation kits to turn regular blinds into smart ones can go for around $140. We don’t yet know how much Ikea’s smart blinds will cost, but we can assume they’ll be budget-friendly for decent quality like the rest of its products.