“At IKEA we want to continue to offer products for a better life at home for the many people going forward. In order to do so we need to explore products and solutions beyond conventional home furnishing,” said Björn Block, Head of Ikea Home Smart Business Unit.

Following on from the Ikea Sonos speakers that work well with Apple HomeKit for easy setup into new or existing smart home networks, we expect Ikea to crack on and make smart home integration, if not standalone products, a core focus.

This will likely be from putting subtle wireless charging mats in the arms of sofas to more audio integration in its beds, fittings and shelving. The possibilities are if not endless then pretty exciting if you like your technology to blend in with your interior design rather than stick out like HAL from 2001.