IKEA is not only furniture and accessories but also smart home devices. In recent years, the company has created an ecosystem that includes lamps, speakers, sockets and even smart blinds. The interaction between the user and gadgets is via the TRÅDFRI smart hub, which is compatible with Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.
Now IKEA has introduced a new generation of smart hub, supported by Matter – a new smart home standard developed by Google, Apple, Amazon, Samsung, and a number of other companies. Matter should significantly simplify the lives of users, because they will be confident that their new smart devices are compatible with their smart home and will be able to quickly and easily connect them. Of course, once most manufacturers integrate Matter into their products. Matter is currently scheduled to launch in the fall of 2022.
IKEA says that connecting gadgets to the new DIRIGERA Matter smart hub will be “much easier” than the current TRÅDFRI hub. In addition, the company will redesign the Home application. It will make it more convenient and understandable for the user so that more people can create their own smart home.
The current application and the TRÅDFRI smart hub will continue to operate. DIRIGERA, in turn, will be compatible with all available IKEA smart home devices. The company plans to release the novelty in October this year.