Update 27/08/2018: IKEA has confirmed that the company will indeed launch smart plugs on Norwegian site tek.no during the month of October 2018. However, depending on whether the socket is sold with or without the magnetic button, the prices will be higher as the end result will be between 15 and 20 euros. Sockets require Trådfri gateway to work properly, everything is compatible with Google Assistant, Alexa and Siri.
According to the Swedish site techniqueIKEA is preparing to launch a new smart plug for 10 Euros, of course it can be remotely controlled and needs to be connected to a “Trådfri” gateway. The socket can also be controlled via Apple Homekit, Google Assistant and Alexa (hence Google Home and Amazon Echo speakers), like all products in this series. It is possible to set operating time zones. A version with a button is also planned for 15 Euros.
IKEA will launch a connected plug to remotely control your objects from 10 euros
This connected outlet will be able to make a simple coffee machine or any remotely controlled object, such as a traditional lamp, more “smart”. The button in the version with a price of 15 Euros can be placed on a metal surface using a magnet and has a maximum operating range of 10 meters. The launch is scheduled for October 2018. IKEA is best known for its extensive catalog of indoor furniture, but the giant offers smart bulbs, speakers, Bluetooth speakers, etc. offers a wide range of products for home automation, including
From our point of view, we have already been able to present a test on a home automation system from Xiaomi, including a connected socket. IKEA’s solution is interesting in more ways than one for those looking for an attractive price and a clear product. The gateway required for it to work is available on the IKEA site for €32.90. A product like the TP-Link HS-100 is more interesting to buy a single-connection socket. But for many, the Swedish company’s proposal is more interesting from a financial point of view.
We recently did a comparison of the best connecting sockets. Have you ever bought an item from IKEA’s connected range? What do you think of this smart plug? Share your views or experiences in the comments.