There seems to be a smart-home product for every need. Whether you want a smart gardening system, a robot vacuum cleaner, or a traditional home automation device, there’s a tool for you. And many of these tools have their own unique features. The Brilliant Control Panel for instance, isn’t just a control panel. It controls your lights and operates as a home automation hub as well.
Brilliant is a startup that was founded in San Mateo, California, by Aaron Emigh, who was previously the CTO of Shopkick and the VP at Six Apart. Emigh says he began the company because he wanted the Brilliant device for his own home. The aim is to make operating lights much easier than fumbling for a smartphone.
What Does the Product Do?
Brilliant isn’t a complete smart hub or automation system, but it’s a step in that direction. This $199 touchscreen device replaces a traditional light switch. It’s most similar to a Wink Relay, and it combines the basic functionality of a light switch, alongside touchscreen technology.
Devices have 5-inch LCD touchscreen and 720 x 1280 resolution.
Brilliant works through Bluetooth and WiFi, and it is compatible with Nest, Sonos, Philips Hue, Ring, Samsung SmartThings, Wink, Honeywell, and other devices. Any device that is connected to the Brilliant system can be adjusted, turned on or off, and used via the panel. If more than one Brilliant system is connected, they work as intercoms.
Installation for Brilliant is said to take not longer than 10 minutes, and devices work with iOS and Android. With a 5-inch screen, Brilliant is slightly bigger than a traditional light switch. On the main screen of the system users can set up pictures of family, other images, or leave the screen blank.
How Much Does Brilliant Cost?
Brilliant was available for pre-order, but the campaign has sold out. Users who did pre-order devices will receive them this summer. The device will be available to the general public in late 2017. As of now Brilliant can only be purchased in the United States, but it will become available across the globe in the future.
There will be a few different pricing options. Users can purchase a Single Switch for $199, two switches for $249, three switches for $299, and four switches for $349.
Is This Too Expensive?
From the outset, $199 may be a steep price to pay for a smart switch, though the tool does connect with various home security devices and aid in the creation of a smart-home.
Unfortunately, many users may find this price to be rather high. A single switch costs $199, and though it is compatible with Amazon’s Alexa, if users were to buy the competitor Wink Relay for $70 and Echo Dot for $50, they would only be paying $120 for a similar setup.
Also, since Brilliant hasn’t officially released, it’s hard to gauge how well the product will perform and what kind of integrations or improvements it will add in the future.
What’s the Verdict?
The Brilliant Control Panel has potential. It integrates with some of the bigger names in home automation, it has voice-control, and it is a step in the right direction to create a smart-home.
The price is steep, and it’s difficult to gauge how well it will perform since it has not been released. We suggest keeping an eye out to see how pre-order customers enjoy their products this summer, and maybe even waiting until the first round of official launch customers try their products. Brilliant has potential, but it’s a risk to be one of the first adopters.