Modern Home Builder - Winter 2018 - 54
The new Brilliant Control enables easier in-home operation of smart home technology.
BY JIM HARRIS
" Our approach makes the
smart home experience easy
and delightful for homeowners,
families and show homes.
AARON EMIGH, CO-FOUNDER
The Brilliant Control replaces a light switch to give touch and voice access to smart home products.
Smartphones and mobile apps have revolutionized the way people do just
Brilliant.tech / Headquarters: San Mateo, Calif. /
Specialty: Smart home control technology /
about anything, from shopping and ordering food to getting a ride home. In the
eyes of Brilliant's founders, however, there's one thing existing apps can't do well.
"We feel the user experience of the smart home right now is broken," says Aaron
Emigh, CEO and co-founder of Brilliant.
Emigh, who launched the company in November 2016 with partners Steven
Stanek and Jeremy Hiatt, experienced first-hand the disadvantage of smart home
apps and devices while remodeling his home a few years ago. "Smart devices are no
longer just gadgets for geeks - they're adding significant value to the home," he says.
"However, as I was adding devices into my home, I found that I was enjoying the
experience of the house less and less.
"I found it strange that, in order to use a device inside my home, I had to get my
smartphone, authenticate to it, open an app and then get to an area in my home
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