Over the previous eight years, IKEA has released a variety of smart home goods, including blinds, lighting, and more, all of which are driven by its HomeKit-compatible TRDFRI gateway. Now, the business has revealed that it is working on a brand-new smart home hub that will support Matter, as well as a revamped “Home” app.
KEA announced the news in a press release today:
The launch of the Matter-ready hub for smart devices DIRIGERA is the next stage in the path to enable a better everyday life for many people and smarter living. DIRIGERA is designed to handle more product categories and onboard more goods than the previous TRDFRI gateway thanks to its updated software. It also supports the new IKEA Home smart app, which is more user-friendly.
Matter, cooperation involving Apple, Amazon, Google, Samsung, the Connectivity Standards Alliance, and a number of other firms, including IKEA, has been delayed several times, with the most recent launch set for this autumn.
The objective is to make it simple for users to know whether or not a smart home gadget will work with their configuration (cross-platform, including HomeKit), as well as to make them quicker, more reliable, secure, and simple to use. Thread is one of the fundamental technologies that Matter is employing to make this possible. Thread has already been adopted by a number of smart device businesses, including Apple with the HomePod mini, Belkin, Nanoleaf, Eve, and others.
The new DIRIGERA Matter hub, according to IKEA, will make connecting smart devices “much easier” than the existing TRDFRI hub.
In addition to the new Matter-supported hub, the company’s “Home” software will be updated. “The new IKEA Home smart app will be convenient, user-friendly, and easy to understand, lowering the barrier for anyone interested in setting up a smart home.”
The current IKEA smart home app and TRDFRI hub will continue to function, and DIRIGERA will be compatible with all existing IKEA smart home products when it becomes available.
IKEA says the new DIRIGERA hub and the updated smart home app will be available in October this year. The company also teased “many more” new smart home products “to come in the future.”