Published on: April 3, 2017
by Kevin Coupe
IKEA, the Swedish furniture retailer, has decided to get smart. As in, Smart Home technology.
CNet reports that "Ikea is set to start rolling out a line of connected lighting products designed to be simple, affordable, and accessible. These include light bulbs and also LED light panels that can come built into Ikea cabinetry, or sold on their own as standalone, wall-or-ceiling-mounted light fixtures.
"All of the products will communicate with each other using built-in ZigBee radios - the same standard used by Philips Hue, among others in the connected lighting category. After syncing the lights up with an Ikea ZigBee hub that you plug into your router, you'll be able to control the lights from your phone, or program them to turn on and off automatically at preset times."
This is just one facet of Smart Home development, which if expectations are correct, will have virtually every home appliance connected to each other and to the homeowner, with the user able to control everything via smartphone.
This isn't to say that the shift will come easily, or quickly. Opening the door so appliances can be connected also will open a window to hackers, not to mention other problems. (If the network goes down, does that mean you won't be able to turn on your lights?)
This is where the world is going. Probably in fits and starts, and almost certainly with glitches. And when a company like IKEA move sin this direction, it points to a kind of democratization of the technology that will result in higher adoption levels.
Inevitably. It is an Eye-Opener.
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