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The first smart home air purifier Ikea, called Starkvind, not only mixes in your home, but also works with the Apple HomeKit platform.
One of the two models of Starkvind from Ikea has the shape of a simple end table that would be found naturally in your living room. Hidden inside are all the smart and filters needed to clean your home. The cable is also routed down the leg to help it stay hidden.
For those who do not like the look of the end table, a standalone version is also available.
"For IKEA, the smart home is not about gadgets. It's about improving life and housing by combining our solid knowledge of home furniture with digital solutions and technology," said Henrik Telander, product owner at IKEA in Sweden. "That's why we are exploring the possibility of integrating air purification function and technology to provide a good experience for customers at home."
The new Starkvind air purifier is designed to clean rooms of up to 20 square meters. It works on its own, but when associated with an Ikea Tradfri gateway, it can be programmed and automated.
There are five different speed settings, as well as an automatic mode that will increase up and down as needed. It has a three-filter system to collect hair and dust first before heading to the tight filter to remove up to 99.5% of small air pollutants, including dust, pollen and PM2.5 particles. Another filter is designed to capture various gaseous pollutants, such as VOCs and formaldehyde.
When connected to the Tradfri gateway, it enables smart connectivity to Apple's HomeKit platform. This allows hands-free control with Siri, as well as the ability to automate it based on other triggers, such as independent air quality monitors.
Starkvind's design is in line with other smart Ikea products that blend in with their surroundings. We recently saw the launch of the new Symfonisk Picture Frame speaker that combines an AirPlay 2 connected speaker into a piece of wall art.
Ikea says the Starkvind smart air purifier will be launched in October 2021. The standalone version will cost $ 129, while the final table will cost $ 189.
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