Sonos and IKEA collaborate to create 'future home sound experiences'

Joanna Estrada
December 6, 2017

Sonos and Ikea just announced a new collaboration to "create future home sound experiences".

So far there's no clue as to what kind of products the two companies will make. But if the duo can figure out how to build good-quality speakers into Ikea furniture that can be controlled by Sonos' software, count me in. Forming part of the IKEA Home Smart initiative, which originally began with wireless charging and moved onto smart lighting, the partnership will explore how to enable many more people to create atmosphere at home with great design, music, and sound.

Ikea has started to venture into the smart home market, introducing wireless charging solutions for mobile devices in 2015, and selling smart lighting solutions since past year.

Research has shown that people who live together and listen to music together spend more time together at home (three hours more per week than people who don't listen to music together).

Sound is important in the home.

"At IKEA we strive to make solutions for life at home by integrating technology into our home furnishing offer that are easy to use and affordable, thereby making smart home technology accessible to the many people." said Björn Block, business leader of Home Smart at IKEA, seemingly hinting that Sonos tech when combined with IKEA furniture will be less heavy on the wallet than Sonos kit on its own.

The companies say they want to make it easier to play music anywhere in the home - which makes sense, since Sonos' main benefit is how easy their software makes it to set up and manage a system of speakers throughout your home. First was the launch of its new Sonos One speaker, which comes supporting Alexa out of the box and will launch support for Google Assistant next year.

"We believe that sound should be a considered element of home design, and together we will work with Ikea to create products and experiences that make people's home look and sound more awesome", said Sonos CEO Patrick Spence in a statement.

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