IRVINE, Calif., July 11, 2002 - Smarthome, Inc., a leading provider of home automation products and personal gadgets, today announced its recommendations for the 21st-century pet and their human companions.

         "These products minimize pet care duties animal lovers take part in everyday," said Leo Soderman, director of marketing for Smarthome, Inc. based in Irvine, Calif. "Using these products will allow pet owners to spend more time with their pets and less time attending to them."

         The following products are available directly from Smarthome at or by calling 1-800-SMARTHOME.

         Autopetfeeder -- Pets will never miss another meal with the Autopetfeeder, a low-maintenance pet feeder that automatically dispenses a pre-determined amount of your pet's favorite dry food at any time of day you choose. It's perfect for the pet owner with an unpredictable schedule, or for anyone who wants to take a weekend trip without letting their pets overeat or go hungry. Designed for either cats or dogs, the feeder can be programmed to dispense food up to eight times a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Price: $119.99

         Electronic Pet Door - Protect your home from strays, wild animals and rodents while giving your pet free access. This pet door automatically unlocks and allows your cat or small dog to push through the flap when it senses the magnetic key on your pet's collar. Price: $69.95

         Bark Free Noise Deterrent - Stop annoying barking from your dog-or your neighbor's dog- with Bark Free, a humane and effective bark deterrent that quiets noisy dogs without inflicting harm or pain. This innovative system automatically detects dog barking and responds by emitting a high-pitched tone that humans can't hear. Although the tone does not cause pain to animals, most dogs don't like it and will stop needless barking. Price: $39.95

         Pet Drinking Fountain - This veterinarian-designed "drinking fountain" continuously circulates and filters your pet's water, making it more appealing than standing bowl water. The fountain pumps the water through a charcoal filter, which absorbs tastes and odors. A pitcher-like spout stands five inches above the floor, creating a long waterfall. Simply fill this self-contained fountain with water, plug it into a standard indoor outlet with the included six-inch cord and it is ready to be used. Price: $44.95

         Pet Chime Wireless Doorbell - Find out when your pets need to go outside without learning the hard way. When your pet steps on this portable paw-shaped remote control, it signals a wireless chime. Your pet will instantly notify you that it needs to go outside. The system has a 100-foot range. Price: $29.95

About Smarthome, Inc.
Smarthome, Inc. is the world's leading designer, manufacturer and online retailer of home automation products and is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., Smarthome's international customer base includes retail customers as well as professional dealer/installers through its SmarthomePro division. Smarthome, Inc. has dedicated itself to making life more convenient, safe and fun. Smarthome's on-line catalog can be found at

Michelle Laird
O' Leary and Partners
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