Tuesday, January 18, 2022

IKEA’s first smart air purifier doubles as a small table

There are many reasons to buy an air purifier, such as breathing cleaner air or fighting allergies, but do you have to be smart? Prices in this category range from US$80 to US$800 and include application-based controls, compatibility with smart assistants such as Alexa, access to more data, and customization. As part of its first commitment to smart air purifiers, IKEA strives to enter the market by sticking to its logo: affordable and minimalist.

The Swedish tablet packaging giant is launching two “Starkvind” devices, a standalone air purifier and a side table model, priced at US$129 and US$189, respectively. However, you need to pay separately for the $35 Smart Home Center to access the app-based controls.

In this price range, you will not get the bells and whistles provided by the regular and high-end smart models of Mila and Dyson. The interiors of the two IKEA purifiers are exactly the same: they contain three filtration systems designed to capture larger particles such as hair and dust; air particles smaller than 2.5 microns (or 400 mm) are 99.5% smaller, as well as dust and pollen; As well as pollutants such as formaldehyde, and even unpleasant odors.

Starkvind also has five different fan speeds, which can be used individually or can be controlled and programmed with your TRÅDFRI smart home center via the IKEA home furnishing app. The latter is a disc-shaped device that acts as a bridge between IKEA’s smart products (such as blinds, light bulbs and speakers) and mobile phones. The automatic mode relies on the built-in sensor to automatically adjust the fan speed according to the number of smaller particles in the air. You can check the readings yourself in the app.

The standalone Starkvind will be available in black and white, while the side tables will have dark or light finishes. Both will be available in IKEA stores and online in October.



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