IKEA delays its smart blinds until later this year – Engadget

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IKEA delays its smart blinds until later this year – Engadget

IKEA said that the belated launch means that the smart blinds will be compatible with Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant right away, instead of in a later firmware update. Both the KADRILJ and FYRTUR smart blinds are attractive due to their low price; the KADRILJ starts at around $113 dollars and the FYRTUR starts at around $136 dollars, based on their European pricing. Some existing smart blind options such as Somfy or Velux start at twice that amount. The IKEA model lets owners draw their blinds at will or time them to close at a certain hour of the day with the TRÅDFRI smart home app. At present, only the FYRTUR blackout shades are expected to be released in the US.

There’s currently no information on an updated release date. The company plans for sales to start in Europe and the US sometime later in 2019.

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