IKEA and Sonos have revealed their first co-designed product, a speaker called Symfonisk, which can blend into home decoration rather than serving as a standalone device.
With the Swedish furniture maker’s know-how and the speaker company’s audio expertise, the Symfonisk comes with brackets in the rear so that it can be installed on a wall. The bracket can also blend into IKEA’s existing furniture sets like the Metod kitchen cabinet.
The Symfonisk will work with all Sonos products. In other words, it can be controlled by the Sonos app and can be connected with other Sonos speakers.
“Many people dream of built-in sound systems, but few can afford it. Our goal is for our collective work to save space, get rid of cords, make clutter invisible, and bring sound and music into the home in a more beautiful way,” says Björn Block, business leader for IKEA Smart Home, in a statement.
Neither the price nor further product details were announced. The companies said the Symfonisk speaker is still under development, and is expected to be available after the summer of 2019.
The two companies first announced collaboration in December 2017. As Sonos announced recently it is trying to bring various voice assistants to its speakers, the collaboration with IKEA may create a smart speaker embedded with voice intelligence.
Sonos recently announced a new soundbar product called Beams. The device sits nicely under a TV for a home entertainment scene while providing voice assistant functionality.
This kind of design of smart speaker, or home speaker, may be seen on the IKEA-Sonos collaboration.
It seems like that smart speakers and voice assistants are transforming in such a way to fit more naturally into a home setting, rather than just being a standalone device.
IKEA’s smart lightbulbs already support Alexa and Siri, while Google Assistant integration is on the way.