Monday, March 18, 2019

IKEA smart blinds release date pushed back, the mystery continues

The eagerly awaited IKEA Smart Blinds release has been confirmed as delayed again by the company according to the Verge. However regular readers of this site will already know this news based on a post back in January, but due to supply issues.

IKEA was supposed to release KADRILJ and FYRTUR smart blinds in February but pulled the plug at the last minute without any explanation formally.

The mainstream media are now reporting that the reason the IKEA smart blinds are delayed is to allow them more time to make them “Smart”

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Ikea says that the delay means that the “smart” part of the blinds which is the ability to control them with the Ikea Trådfri smart home app. Along with Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant will actually be available at launch, instead of in a later firmware update.

But wait, these are already listed as working with the Tradfri gateway and app according to the product page. IKEA UK PR also confirmed to me that the blinds would support HomeKit at launch.

So what is going on, what is the real story here?

IKEA Smart Blinds Tradfri app
IKEA product page confirms already that the Tradfri app will be supported

IKEA Smart blinds release delay reason?

So what’s going off? Why the different messages for the delay of the IKEA smart blind release?

Simply put, my belief is that the delay is the result of software related issues just like the delay to the IKEA control Outlet. This has nothing about adding functionality, it is about getting the smart features working correctly.

Whilst I totally get that the Tradfri team want to get things right. But, Someone really needs to take control of the messaging about smart products. As based on the last 2 months the social media teams are pushing lots of misinformation.

However, what is clear is that the IKEA Smart blinds release is delayed and it could be August before we see them hit the shelves.

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Jon Ratcliffe
I am Jon R and the editor of Active JR that covers wearables, fitness tech and smart home. I have a huge passion for technology having worked in the sector for over 18 years in a variety of roles and I like combining this with fitness.My reviews and information will talk about how the product works in reality and not just what the marketing departments want you to think.You can contact Jon on Twitter @ActiveJR1

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