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Sunday, 28 May 2017

Coming Soon : Ikea's voice-controlled smart lights

Ikea's TRÅDFRI smart lighting system. (Photo: Ikea

Add one more perk to Ikea's elegant, affordable selection of smart lighting products: you can soon control them with your voice.
The Swedish furniture giant revealed Wednesday it will add support for digital voice assistants such as Google Assistant, Amazon's Alexa, and Apple's Siri via the Home app. The voice feature will roll out during the summer into early fall.
Ikea launched the TRÅDFRI line of smart products last year in North America and Europe, billing it as a low-cost way to add to smart home tech.
According to Ikea's website, a gateway kit featuring two bulbs, remote control, and a gateway to access broadband Internet costs $79.99, while dimming kits go for roughly $27. Users can download a free app to control all Ikea lighting.
Ikea says the smart product line is part of a larger plan to make the technology more affordable. "We think that smart home technology should be accessible for everybody," said Jeanette Skjelmose, business area manager for Ikea's lighting and smart home division, in a statement.
Source : USA Today
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