Arrival of Shortcut Buttons seems imminent
New scene support in Ikeas Home Smart app.
Ikea has rolled out scene support in the latest Home Smart software update. Owners of Ikea Tradfri Gateways running the new 1.12.31 firmware can now configure scenes to control several Home Smart products at once, like Ikea smart lights, Sonos-compatible Symfonisk speakers, or Fyrtur blinds. The update also supports Ikeas new Shortcut Buttons that can be dedicated to executing individual scenes, and should be available to buy shortly for less than $10 / 10.
Once updated, scenes will appear in a dedicated section at the top of the Ikea Home Smart app. One scene suggested by the app is All off, which can be configured to turn off every Ikea light in the home while silencing every Sonos-compatible speaker. In the future, such a scene could be assigned to an Ikea Shortcut Button that could be mounted near the front door, for example, so that anyone leaving the home could tap it without needing to launch an app or yell an Alexa, Siri, or Google Assistant voice command.
Ikeas Shortcut Buttons starting a scene.
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Back in January, Ikea stores in both Germany and the Netherlands erroneously listed the Shortcut Buttons with a price of 7.99 each. A listing on Ikeas Lithuanian store currently prices the buttons at 9.99, but shows no available stock.
Its been a year since Ikea previewed both scenes and Shortcut Buttons to The Verge, also demonstrating an overhaul to its overly complicated and issue-ridden Home Smart setup process. While the pandemic may have derailed Ikeas 2.0 plans, its good to see that some progress is being made, albeit slowly.
Ikea Home Smart systems now have scene support after the latest firmware is applied to Tradfri Gateways. The software also supports unreleased Ikea Shortcut Buttons that can be dedicated to individual scenes and should be available to buy soon.