Ikea's upcoming smart window blinds will let you block out light on a budget

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Ikea is planning to launch smart blinds

Budget smart home trailblazer Ikea is preparing to launch a collection of smart windows blinds to join its Trådfri smart lights - and we just bet you won't be able to pronounce their names.

The Swedish retail giant hasn't yet officially confirmed the arrival - however, two products within the new range are already listed on its German website ahead of an apparent 2 February arrival. Their names? Kadrilj and Fytur. Go on, try and say it, big shot.

Read this: How to connect your Ikea Trådfri bulbs to Apple HomeKit

The pair are essentially battery-powered blinds that interact with the Trådfri lighting gateway, and that also means they'll be ready to sync up with Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple HomeKit. From what we now so far, it appears that both Kadrilj and Fytur will look fairly similar to your regular blinds - not a shock, obviously - with the differentiator coming in the form of a small compartment for the battery, as seen in the video below.

Once it's charged and placed inside, it appears as though it will be able to pair with a manual controller, too. And per Ikea's listings, both can even be programmed to roll up or down at specific times set through the companion app.

As for sizing, they'll come in five European sizes and range between ‚ā¨99 - ‚ā¨155 (that's around $110 - $180 in non-Monopoly money), though there's currently no word on whether they'll land in the US or UK any time soon.

If we're guessing, we'd expect the new smart blinds to follow the same rollout cycle of Trådfri, though we'll update this story with more details regarding price and release as we get them.

Via: Zatz Not Funny


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