Ikea could introduce blinds with Apple HomeKit support to smart home range

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Furniture giant Ikea may add more products to its range of smart home devices, after an FCC filing from the company revealed it was producing a compact remote control, one that is thought could be used to open and close smart blinds.




The FCC listing spotted by Dave Zatz offers three views of the device, identified as "E1766 Tradfri" on an illustration of regulatory information that will be included on the back of the. Tradfri is Ikea's name for its range of home automation devices, which includes a selection of color-changing lightbulbs.

Described on the label as "Open/Close Remote," it is believed by Teknikveckan to be a switch for operating motorized blinds, which suggests Ikea may be launching Tradfri-branded versions in the future. Customers have apparently wanted Ikea to produce blinds with automation elements for some time, in part due to the expense of existing automated blind systems and the expectation of more reasonable pricing from the retailer.

Few other details are provided in the filing that confirms it is meant for blinds, as it is a switch that connects to another device for control purposes. The relatively limited scope of smart home products that can be automated to open and close does however suggest it would be used to control blinds or a curtain system, though the former is more likely due to the simpler construction.

Ikea is believed to be looking to expand its smart home product line, with a report in August indicating it plans to launch smart plugs in October. A screenshot displays a smart plug with a separate remote, which could be wall mounted and is seemingly similar in design to the item in the FCC filing, but as the recently-discovered switch is to "open and close" rather than being labeled for "on and off," it is likely to be a separate product entirely.

There is no immediate indication that the remote or the blind mechanism would be HomeKit-compatible, but considering Ikea previously added support for Apple's home automation platform to its smart bulb line after some teething issues, similar support in the firm's new devices is quite likely.
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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 11
    The most exciting part about this is that IKEA is showing that they are committed to this line of products; and unless they back away from the HomeKit support, then this could easily become the biggest chunk of the HomeKit ecosystem. 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 2 of 11
    Wonder if it comes in some miniature flat pack full of compressed cardboard parts / plastic rivets that you assemble yourself using superman comic instructions.
    dewmeseanjwatto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 11
    Exciting to see them get in. If they can combine automation with the ability to manually adjust them, this would be way better than what's out there now.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 11
    [...] an FCC filing from the company revealed it was producing a compact remote control
    I'm confused... Did Ikea start making these remotes then stop?

    The FCC filing revealed Ikea was producing a compact remote, or is producing a wireless remote? The context suggests the latter. If it is the former, I don't understand what the article is saying.

    I'm not trying to be a smartass, I'm genuinely trying to understand.
  • Reply 5 of 11
    Nice! Any hint that Ikea will be making blinds is welcome news.

    Window blind support thus far has been a joke, limited and prohibitively expensive (only company that supports it so far seems to be serena). On Apple's home kit site they have velux (announced support in 2016...) and hunter douglas (also "announced"), but neither companies have *any* mention of Apple or home kit on their websites.
    edited September 7 watto_cobraburnsidellama
  • Reply 6 of 11
    [...] an FCC filing from the company revealed it was producing a compact remote control
    I'm confused... Did Ikea start making these remotes then stop?

    The FCC filing revealed Ikea was producing a compact remote, or is producing a wireless remote? The context suggests the latter. If it is the former, I don't understand what the article is saying.

    I'm not trying to be a smartass, I'm genuinely trying to understand.
    My (non-native) reading of was, at least in this case, is that doesn't necessarily mean that something has (permanently) ended.

    All we know, is that something was made… We don't know if it's still is being made, we don't know if they will make more, we don't know if they will be released; all we know, is that something was made. :) 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 7 of 11
    docno42docno42 Posts: 3,223member
    I just got some Bali blinds that were wireless, and I was pleased to find out they are actually Zwave devices and they work perfectly with my existing HomeSeer install, but they would also easily be accessible via HomeBridge too. It's great that home automation is finally entering the mainstream and prices are coming down - way down!
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 8 of 11
    HomeKit blinds options are WAY too limited today.  There is not a single option in Menards or Home Depot today with HomeKit. Closest is Bali blinds which requires an expensive upgrade and you have to use the Wink bridge, but STILL no HomeKit.  No Wink app for macOS, fail.  
    edited September 7 watto_cobra
  • Reply 9 of 11
    This would be great. I looked in to the Serena HK blinds and their price is a total joke -- each window was something like $600+. Completely impractical. The swedes will not stand for this!  
    libertyforallwatto_cobraburnsidellama
  • Reply 10 of 11
    docno42 said:
    I just got some Bali blinds that were wireless, and I was pleased to find out they are actually Zwave devices and they work perfectly with my existing HomeSeer install, but they would also easily be accessible via HomeBridge too. It's great that home automation is finally entering the mainstream and prices are coming down - way down!
    The only issue is that homebridge is a dumpster fire when dealing with plugin support. I've had better luck by using Home Assistant, and then running the Home Assistant plugin in Homebridge - but there again, you're dependent on plugin support.
  • Reply 11 of 11
    Since it’s IKEAs hub that is HomeKit-connected and all their lights can be controlled via the hub it seems likely that upcoming products would be so as well.

    IKEAs lights can be controlled, if one chooses, only with separate remotes, but you also have the option of buying a hub to use instead of or in combination with remotes. And there is an IKEA app you can use, but I use the Home app to controll all my IKEA lights at home.

    As said in previous articles and by own experience, the IKEA lightbulbs don’t really have a real low dim mode, the lowest lux/light you can dim to is much brighter than one would like. I guess cheap comes with a price.
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