Ikea’s Smart Light Bulbs To Support Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa And Google Assistant

Posted: May 24 2017, 4:10am CDT | by , Updated: May 24 2017, 4:12am CDT, in News | Technology News

 
Ikea’s Smart Light Bulbs to Support Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant
During the summer and early autumn, IKEA is adding functionality to its smart lighting range by enabling people to voice control their lighting with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant and to set up and adjust lighting using Apple’s Home app and Siri voice commands. This takes IKEA one step closer to making smart home technology accessible for the many.
  • Control IKEA Home Smart products with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple’s Home app

The smart light bulbs of Ikea will be able to respond to Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri and Google Assistant voice commands.

Ikea’s smart light bulbs will begin answering to voice commands starting from the summer season. The firm made an announcement regarding its product series termed Tradfri which will work in synch with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple Siri not to mention Homekit.

Currently, Tradfri has only one option and that is control via remote control or an application. Yet with time, people could be able to incorporate this device into the digital assistant they have in the vicinity of their home.

“With IKEA Home Smart we challenge everything that is complicated and expensive with the connected home. Making our products work with others on the market takes us one step closer to meet people’s needs, making it easier to interact with your smart home products,” says Björn Block, Business Leader for IKEA Home Smart.

Lets not forget that Ikea is also the biggest seller of furniture in the world. It has 340 shops in 28 countries. Thus Ikea can provide this new tool to thousands of new customers who are eager to avail Ikea’s services. Ikea has a reputation for being a clientele magnet.

According to TechCrunch, it can attract customers at the drop of a hat and besides Tradfri’s price tags are pretty low. What this means is that customers will be attracted to it like never before. Impulsive buyers would like to spend their money on Ikea products rather than elsewhere.

The gateway of Tradfri which is used to control its smart light bulbs costs about $30. That is half the rate of Philips Hue’s $60. As for the light bulbs they start selling at around $15.

Ikea operates through its sub-organization which is known as Green Tech. Via this venture, it will sell even more home products in the next couple of years. This plan also includes within its purview the Internet of Things (IoT). All this may have as its goal the supply of reasonably expensive and high quality furniture items to customers.

Earlier these smart light bulbs by Ikea were tested and found lacking since they didn’t integrate with other home products. Now though all that has changed. Ikea has brought on the services of Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri and Google Assistant on board its platform. Thus people’s needs will be met in a proper manner.

According to CNet, this is a significant step forward for Ikea. Thanks to these voice assistants, Ikea will be able to get its act together. How it will all happen is a headache that the company will take care of at its own pace. The customers need not worry about it.

“We think that smart home technology should be accessible for everybody. That is why we will continue to make our products work with others on the market,” says Jeanette Skjelmose, Business Area Manager for Lighting and IKEA Home Smart.

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