In my eyes, the fact that they made this is secondary to what it COULD be used for. Imagine if IKEA starts integrating “smart home” features into all of their merchandise such as lamps, kitchens etc. The reach of those products and what that would mean to the possibility of future smart homes is huge. Today’s actors on that market are often small and does not control the entire chain from control system to hardware such as lamps etc. This could bring smart homes from a cool “buzz word” of today that a few people actually have access to in their newly build apartments to something where the core infrastructure to make it work could find it’s way into a very large number of homes in the world.
If IKEA plays this right they could become THE platform to run smart home solutions on very much like Google created a platform for smartphones with Android.
It will be interesting to see how they evolve this concept and how it’s received by the customers.