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CES 2018: 10 New Smart Home & IoT Devices + Their Prospects for Success

CES 2018 Innovation Awards include usual smart-home winners like Nest, Ring and Arlo, but also interesting newbies boasting AI, security, home automation, lighting control and more. Will they make it?

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Brilliant Control smart lighting & home automation system

Their Words

The Brilliant Control transforms the under-utilized light switch to give anyone in the house voice and touch control over lights, music, climate and other smart home devices. Now your family, friends, and guests can easily interact directly with all the capabilities of your home.

My Words

There is a swell of new products emerging to replace the common light switch. These products, like Brilliant, control lights and other devices, serve as whole-house intercoms and connect to the Internet or smart devices. Nobody has hit a critical mass, although Plum is doing quite well, and Lucis/Nubryte is grabbing the mindshare of home-technology integrators. 

Brilliant has some good buzz and did well with its pre-order campaign. The $199 price tag for a single-gang application might scare off some DIYers, despite all the features. The product has a touchscreen, camera, ambient light sensor, native Amazon Alexa, video intercom capability, Bluetooth (for connecting Brilliant devices in the absence of Wi-Fi/network connectivity) and integration with your standard Wi-Fi-enabled smart devices like Sonos and Nest.

For multi-gang installs, Brilliant provides nice options to replace up to four switches ($349), featuring touch sensitive sliders to control each local load.

Do I want it? Yes I do, although Z-Wave would be a nice addition. I don't think a full color touchscreen with color feedback such as Sonos album art is all that necessary, especially when you consider the height of the standard switch -- too low to comfortably scroll through options. At least Wink Relay had an angled screen on its smart switch replacement.

Will it make it?  I think so. The company has a strong founding team and besides the income from pre-orders, Brilliant has raised $24 million from some notable investors. It will have to provide some cheaper options without the touchscreen at some point in order to sell more units per property.

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