The ongoing saga of Ikea’s smart blind release has taken another turn, thanks to some in-store updates that have been spotted. The blinds, which were originally schedule for an April release were announced as being delayed several times, with Ikea citing production issues and then firmware issues holding them back. The company eventually communicated that the blinds would be launched in August, but there are … Continue reading Ikea’s FYRTUR Smart Blinds Coming Later This Month?
Today, retail giant IKEA has released an update to their TRÅDFRI iOS App that has enabled support for its upcoming line of smart blinds. Spotted by u/fiveoone on the r/Tradfri subreddit, the update includes a “What’s New” prompt that mentions the added functionality, but of course the actual blinds themselves are not yet available as they were delayed until August of this year. The prompt … Continue reading Ikea TRÅDFRI App Update Enables Support For Upcoming Smart Blinds
On this week’s episode (#208) of the Internet of Things Podcast, the “Business Leader for Ikea’s Home Smart”, Björn Block, provides some insight in to the company’s overall smart home strategies and priorities for the future. For those unaware, Ikea currently has their own smart home device line, called TRÅDFRI, which is slowly expanding in the types of devices offered. Originally, the line focused on … Continue reading Ikea’s Björn Block Provides New Details on Upcoming Smart Shades
Today, Ikea has confirmed to several media outlets that their highly anticipated line of smart blinds and shades are going to miss their April 2019 release date. While the exact date has yet to be confirmed, CNET is reporting that the Swedish retail giant is targeting an August release, and this lines up with a tweet from the official Ikea Twitter account for France. Ikea … Continue reading Ikea’s HomeKit Smart Shades Delayed Until August 2019
Hunter Douglas, an established player in the home window treatment market has long been listed on Apple’s official HomeKit product list with regards to its PowerView line of motorized window shades and blinds, but like many other announced products, did not have an official release and no details surrounding HomeKit functionality have been shared. This appears to be changing soon, with the company’s PowerView App … Continue reading Hunter Douglas PowerView App Update Adds HomeKit Support to Gen 2 Hub