Ikea has confirmed its delayed smart window blinds will launch in the US on 1 October, providing the space with a budget alternative to the likes of Somfy and Lutron.
The upcoming smart blinds, first announced back in January and expected to launch in April, will be available for between $129 and $179, though only the Fyrtur will launch stateside. The other style, the Kadrilj, will also be available internationally, with both bringing remote control through the Tr√•dfri app and voice control via Alexa, Siri and the Google Assistant.
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Ikea indicates that the delay was due to firmware improvements, though, as of yet, there's still little information about the design of the blinds, and the shades they'll be available in. Previously, the Swedish retail giant has indicated that both will launch with a single color option - gray - but we'd expect that to expand over time.
From the video, it appears that the Kadrilj and Fyrtur styles will look fairly similar to regular blinds - not a shock, obviously - with the differentiator coming in the form of a small compartment for the battery. So, these are essentially just battery-powered blinds that interact with the Tr√•dfri lighting gateway.
As for sizing, they'll come in five European sizes and cost roughly ¬£90 - ¬£140, though the actual release date for the UK and Europe remains at large. If we were guessing, we'd expect both the Kadrilj and Fyrtur to launch before the end of the year.