Ikea enters the smart home market with three new affordable sensors

No assembly required for Swedish furniture giant’s first smart products

Why is it important: Ikea is a brand universally known for its affordable, ready-to-assemble furniture, appliances, and other home accessories. The company is now trying to make its mark in the smart home sector as well, bringing the same minimalist and affordable approach to the high-tech surveillance market.

Ikea has a trio of smart sensors for remote home monitoring and control coming in 2024, a new line of smart home products designed to offer high-tech security to its customers. The Swedish conglomerate conducted its research and found that all people want for their home is “peace of mind” and a greater sense of control and comfort.

The three new sensors are Parasoll, Vallhorn and Badring, says Ikea, and are designed to allow customers to “manage and monitor” their homes from anywhere in the world. Sensors can provide real-time notifications whenever activity is detected, so users are aware of what is happening in their homes and can take action when necessary.

Parasol is a door and window sensor designed for “discreet mounting” on windows and doors, obviously. The sensor sends notifications when monitored “hotspots” are opened or closed, informing users of potentially unwanted or unexpected input.

While the Parasoll works best indoors, the Vallhorn is a wireless motion detector that can be placed both indoors and outdoors. The device activates lights when motion is detected, providing customizable lighting effects in terms of colors and intensity.

Finally, Badring is a water leak sensor that can be placed near “water usage areas” to send a mobile notification when a water leak is detected. The sensor can also activate the built-in alarm, minimizing the impact of “water incidents” as users can take immediate action.

The three smart sensors shouldn’t cost more than $10 each, so they should be (very) affordable and easy to use for everyone. Their sleek, minimalist design should ensure they go unnoticed in any home, says Ikea. Both will work alone or with the company’s other smart home products, powering other smart devices or smartphones through the Dirigera hub or the Ikea Home smart app.

Parasoll, Vallhorn and Badring fuse high technology with Ikea’s home furnishings expertise, said David Granath, line manager at Ikea Sweden. The sensors use the Zigbee communication standard and will be updated with more “features and options” over time after hitting the market in January (Parassoll, Vallhorn) and April 2024 (Badring).

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