Brilliant, a California-based smart home startup, has launched its first product, aiming to facilitate a complete smart home experience from a wall light switch. The product, called Brilliant as well, is a smart home hub designed to be installed into a light switch with voice-control and touchscreen capabilities.
The device has Amazon Alexa built-in and supports Amazon Display Cards. Therefore, it can provide visual information while Alexa answers questions, like what the Echo Show does.
The device also supports Google Assistant, allowing homeowners to ask the Assistant to control various Brilliant features.
As a smart home hub, Brilliant supports Samsung SmartThings, IFTTT and Z-Wave and Zigbee protocols. It natively works with Sonos Home Sound System, Nest, Ecobee, Honeywell, Ring, Philips Hue and Wemo.
The Brilliant device sits on the wall like a light switch. The installation process is also as easy as installing a light switch, which takes only minutes without additional wiring, the company says.
Founded in 2015, Brilliant raised US$21 million in a Series A round of funding in 2017, led by August Capital.
Brilliant’s founder and CEO, Aaron Emigh, came up with the idea as he first tried to install smart home devices by himself but did not have a very good DIY experience. There wasn’t a solution that brought all smart home products into one interface, so he created his own.
“The smart home experience has been fragmented, and it has been difficult for friends and families to use the home. Brilliant is dedicated to elevating the smart home experience with effortless home control that is seamless, simple and accessible throughout the home for everyone,” said Emigh in a statement.
Brilliant is now available for order at US$299 on the company’s official website.