Ikea's Slow and Steady Plan to Save the Smart Home


#1

More products from IKEA. Like their outlets and bulbs, the blinds are supposed to use Zigbee. Hopefully they will end up being just as easily incorporated.


#2

So IKEA is leaning to zigbee. Amazon's hub is zigbee. We're talking about the big dogs of consumer products here. I hope we'll get more breadth of zigbee products out of this. I need relays, dry contacts that are hard or impossible to find (without going to banggood). Or if I DO find it, it's priced like gold, much higher than a comparable zwave device.


#3

It will be interesting to see Zigbee 3 vs Zwave 700 in the coming 24 months.

I've already seen a couple zwave 700 prototype devices from a US vendor, and they look interesting. Having a single chip being worldwide compatible, and MUCH improved degugging capability now that they use a modern processor, kills two of the biggest pains for zwave design. I expect products to start rolling out late 3Q19, early 4Q19 - but we'll see I guess.

Seems like Zigbee 3 is going to have a lot more penetration in terms of hub support though versus zwave 700.

Good stuff all around, though.