Though smart homes are gaining in popularity, many consumers still see the technological barrier of installation as slightly too great; IKEA's new Trådfri system aims to help consumers get over that hump. Trådfri is a smart lighting system developed by the Swedish furniture and design company, and it's low price point coupled with the brand recognition owned by IKEA might further popularize such IoT systems.
The base units in a Trådfri system, which is Swedish for wireless, consists of an internet gateway, a remote, and two bulbs. The remote itself is unique, even within the world of IoT. The small yellow disc dims the Trådfri lights simply by rolling it in one's hands.
Trådfri connects to consumers' internet via an Ethernet connection, which ensures that it will have a steady signal no matter what.