IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 21, 2002 - Smarthome, Inc. today announced a suite of easy-to-use, affordable home automation products and personal gadgets that work in conjunction with a PC.

         "The world of gadgets and the world of PCs are fast linking together, and Smarthome is dedicated to being at the forefront of that revolution," said Leo Soderman, director of marketing for Smarthome, Inc. based in Irvine, Calif. "Our goal is to offer practical, innovative products that enhance the usefulness of your PC in the home or at work."

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

         Home Control Assistant 4.1 -- This software is ideal for a homeowner that is frequently out of town or desires to automate their scheduled tasks with one comprehensive system. Home Control Assistant 4.1 allows users to design customized schedules for temperature, lighting and more -- even the hot tub can be controlled via PC. Vacation schedules can also be set, reducing the risk of being burglarized while you're out of town by making it appear someone is home. Price: $149

         Four-Port Video Capture System -- This system is ideal for checking up on the kids and the home while at the office or on vacation. The video capture system can monitor the home and digitally record video footage when it detects motion. The system lets users remotely view up to four cameras in the home or business from anywhere in the world where users have access to the Internet. The system includes a CD-ROM containing the drivers for the capture card, server software for Microsoft Windows 98 and remote viewing software for Windows? 98/2000/NT. Price: $249.99

         Pocket Hard Drive Voice Bank -- The voice bank is perfect for professionals and students alike. The voice recorder has a USB interface that transfers user's audio notes directly to their PC. It doubles as an FM radio receiver so users can listen to the radio while on break from class or during lunch. The voice bank can record up to 16 hours of audio and has an auto power-off feature that turns off the recorder when it is not in use. This recorder requires a PC running Windows 98/2000/ME. Price: $269.99

         Wireless Internet Audio Transmitter -- This product is ideal for computer users that listen to MP3 files, live Internet streams or have collections of burned CDs that they'd like to listen to in areas other than at the computer desk. This product transmits audio from a PC to a stereo up to 150 feet away, even through walls and floors, eliminating the need to use a computer's usually low-power speakers. Price: $122.99

         Virtually Indestructible Keyboard -- This keyboard is designed for consumers who use their PC in a basement or garage, or at work in demanding conditions such as construction or auto repair. The keyboard is mildew- and water-resistant and can be cleaned with a damp cloth, and is the perfect substitute for ordinary keyboards that can't handle dust, dirt or moisture. The keyboard features the standard 109 keys and is compatible with all MS-DOS and Microsoft Windows operating systems. Price: $49.99

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
[email protected]

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