As the resident Babyology IKEA nut, it is my distinct privilege to tell you about an exciting new offering announced in just the last week: a fully integrated digital television with all the bells and whistles, available soon built right into IKEA furniture. And like everything from the Swedish superstore, it looks distinctly affordable.
While it may not be all that enticing for the truly tech-savvy, I’m sure there are many people out there who’ll be thrilled by the idea of an affordable, fully integrated television unit. The Uppleva is pitched at just such a crowd, and it has some winning inducements. The HD LED TV will be available in four sizes and in six colours, and has a built in DVD and Blu-ray player, as well as four HDMI ports, two USB ports, built-in speakers and a wireless subwoofer. It is WiFi ready. All the cords are concealed in the back and it has JUST ONE REMOTE!
On top of all of this, it has lots of mix and match options, so you can customise it to go with IKEA furniture you already own (and be honest, you probably own at least some).
They’ve even solved that problem endemic to parents of toddlers everywhere – how to keep little fingers out of delicate electronics – with a nifty front panel that lets remote signals through even when closed.
IKEA are rolling out the Uppleva to some lucky parts of Europe in the next six months, but it looks like we won’t see it here in Australia until early 2013, so there’s plenty of time to think about how it might fit into your existing lounge area (and while you’re at it – our past content about IKEA might be helpful too).
If all that information is a bit overwhelming, check out the video from IKEA below. It helps you get a real sense of what they are producing. It looks like prices will start around the $900-$1000 mark for the most basic models, but no word yet on whether the Uppleva will come with its own Allen key.
(via I Heart Chaos)