Robotic Lawn Mower, Voice-Activated Remote Controland an 'Always-Cool' Pillow Are Spotlighted

          IRVINE, Calif., May 29, 2002 - For sons, daughters and wives looking for an alternative to the usual cards and neckties this Father's Day, Smarthome, Inc. today announced its recommendations for gadget gift ideas for the discerning father this June 16.

          "Everyone knows Dad loves gadgets," said Leo Soderman, director of marketing for Smarthome, Inc. based in Irvine, Calif. "When those gadgets can make Dad's life a little easier, that's even better."

          The following are available from Smarthome's special Father's Day online gift guide at or at 1-800-SMARTHOME.

          Self-Operating Lawn Mower - Help Dad reclaim his weekends with an automated lawn mower. The environmentally-friendly lawn mower is powered by a rechargeable battery pack, mowing lawns up to 2,500 sq. ft. with a single charge. Users first place low-voltage border wire and pegs around the perimeter of the lawn at ground level. After this first-time installation, the wire is eventually covered by grass. The product's computer-controlled guidance system, which detects where the wire has been installed, ensures that it only mows the designated lawn area. Price: $499.95

          X10 Mini Timer - Make Dad's morning easier with this digital alarm clock that will also turn on lights and start the coffee-maker upon waking. The unit has four separate timers that can turn on and off up to four groups of electronic devices twice a day at pre-set times. The large easy-to-read LED time display also has a snooze alarm. Price: $26.95

          The 'Chillow' - Help Dad sleep and stop pillow-flipping to find a cool spot or cranking up the air conditioner in warm weather. This heavy-duty pillowcase enclosure is filled with a special foam gel. Just add water to the fill port and place it in your pillowcase with the medical-grade cloth face up. That's all there is to it. Price: $29.95

          Automatic Garden Hose Rewinder - Dad will never have to manually coil up the garden hose when he waters the garden, washes the car or bathes the dog with this product. It offers a patented feature that automatically (or manually) winds up the hose tangle-free every time. A high-quality 65-foot hose that works with any standard garden hose attachments is included. Price: $129.95

          Voice-Activated Remote Control - Let Dad control the TV with his voice. The product "learns" the voices of up to four different users in any language. Comes with a convenient charging base that is always listening for voice commands and can command the TV, VCR, DVD player, cable box, satellite receiver and entire home theater system. Price: $69.95

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
[email protected]

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