- Xiaomi has announced a partnership with IKEA to bring support for its IoT platform to its products.
- IKEA’s smart lighting products will integrate with the Mi Home app and Xiao AI assistant starting in December.
Xiaomi has announced a partnership with IKEA to bring its IoT platform to the retailer’s smart products. Donovan Sung, global spokesperson and director of product management at Xiaomi, tweeted that support will begin in December after an announcement at the company’s AIOT Developers Conference in Beijing.
— Donovan Sung (@donovansung) November 28, 2018
IKEA’s products will integrate with both the Mi Home app and the Xiao AI assistant, allowing you to control them with your smartphone and your voice. The integration will begin in December, though we don’t know how it will roll out.
Xiaomi itself is no stranger to smart home products, it has a wealth of them in its online store, while this isn’t IKEA’s first rodeo either. IKEA brought Google Assistant support to its popular Trådfri line of smart bulbs in April and they also integrate with Amazon Alexa. Many IoT products, such as Philips’ popular Hue lighting line support multiple ecosystems, making it easy for consumers to ensure connectivity without locking them into a particular hardware brand.
Having the flexibility to choose from a variety of IoT ecosystems is always a win for consumers, so the Xiaomi/IKEA partnership can only be a positive move — particularly if you’re already attached to Xiaomi’s ecosystem.
If you’re already into smart home, let us know which ecosystem you prefer and why.