IKEA is prepping a new lineup ofeyes for your smart home in 2024. Just announced, the Parasoll, Vallhorn, and Badring sensors monitor motion, door/window entry, and potential water leaks while integrating with HomeKit and other platforms. Priced under 10 euros each, they aim to make IKEA-flavored smart monitoring more accessible.
Starting with Parasoll: this compact sensor sticks to doors and windows to detect opening and closure. At 9.99 euros when launching in January 2024, enables automations like turning off lights when you leave or arming cameras when a door is opened unexpectedly.
Next up, January also brings the Vallhorn motion detector for 7.99 euros. Mounted in hallways or rooms, its built-in illumination activates automatically when detecting someone walk by. Beyond basic ON/OFF lighting modes, users can customize the color and brightness to suit their space.
Finally, April 2024 sees water leak watcher Badring enter at 9.99 euros too. By positioning near appliances and pipes, Badring keeps vigil for any water contact and alerts homeowners to potential issues before catastrophic flooding and mold.
All three sensors utilize the popular Zigbee wireless protocol for low power operation without WiFi strain, they truly shine through HomeKit integration when linking to an Apple TV, HomePod, or iPad hub, allows Siri voice control, automation rules based on sensor triggers, and remote status checks.
While DIY smarthome brands have flooded the market, IKEA retains an advantage through its reputation for broadly accessible home goods. By transplanting that minimalist Swedish design philosophy into unobtrusive sensors solving real problems at reasonable prices, IKEA makes dipping into smart monitoring friendly versus intimidating.
With Apple adopting Matter protocol and ecosystems opening up, IKEA has smartly pivoted into interoperable devices fitting right into typical households, familiar branding sprinkles a human touch onto otherwise cold gadgets.
As homes gain more senses through ambient data collection, IKEA aims to offer just enough smarts while keeping costs and complexity low. For homeowners seeking intuitive security with Scandanavian simplicity, IKEA now grants your home that sensory upgrade without overwhelming or confusing buyers drawn by the familiar styling.