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Ikea could leverage its base to be a kingmaker in the smart home

Ikea enjoyed some very positive coverage at last month’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), possibly more than its marketing department was expecting from the announcement of some connected blinds. A couple of weeks removed from that excitement, the home furnishings and furniture giant has confirmed that the fruits of its partnership with Sonos will be unveiled in August. The smart speaker could prove to be the kingmaker for the smart home, thanks to Ikea’s enormous retail footprint. The collaboration is looking at ways to integrate whole-home audio capabilities into Ikea’s portfolio. This seems to include standalone smart speakers, which are going under the Symfonisk brand, but Ikea is also looking to incorporate audio capabilities into furniture. A prototype design includes a…

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