Full Line of Home Automation Products and In-Store Consultation Available to Consumers, Electronics Dealers and Installers

         IRVINE, Calif., Mar. 24, 2003 - Smarthome, Inc., the world's leading provider of home automation products and personal gadgets, today celebrates the grand opening of its first home automation retail store, located at its headquarters at 16542 Millikan Ave. in Irvine, Calif.; p. (949) 221-9200, ext. 109. The store is open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST.

         The store allows consumers to experiment with products prior to purchase and see first-hand how easy home automation product installation can be. Smarthome's in-store support staff offers specialized consultation and can suggest appropriate products and services designed to fit each customer's needs and budget.

         "Smarthome's retail store will not only service home automation installers and systems integrators, it will serve the general public who may be interested in learning how inexpensive and easy to install home automation products are, and how convenient life can be with these products integrated in the home," said Matt Dean, vice president of sales and marketing for Smarthome, Inc. "We believe this is the first retail store dedicated exclusively to home automation products in Orange County, and quite possibly the nation."

         On display will be the latest top-selling home automation products and systems from Smarthome's on-line store at, including products designed by the company's proprietary product development and engineering division, Smarthome Design. Product categories with product examples on sale at the Smarthome home automation retail store include:

         Whole House Automation - An example includes SmarthomeLive, a full-featured home automation application allows users to view and control electronic devices in real-time over the Internet. SmarthomeLive can be programmed to send an e-mail, page or text message when motion is detected in selected areas, including the front door and poolside, allowing users to immediately view the cause of the disturbance and react appropriately. Additional applications include confirming the house lights are turned off after leaving the home, turning on the thermostat, and setting TiVo? to record a TV program with any Internet-connected computer.

         Lighting - The KeypadLinc with Dimmer allows consumers to control individual lights, trigger whole-house mood lighting "scenes" and, with the touch of a button, send commands to home theater components to turn on the TV, DVD player and stereo system. KeypadLinc eliminates the need to constantly re-adjust lighting levels by supporting preset dim levels. Pricing starts at: $89.99

         Cameras and Surveillance - Consumers can view their home, children or pets over the Internet while at the office or on vacation with the Panasonic Color Network Camera. Price: $479.99

         Home Security - Whenever a sensor is triggered, the SecureLinc Wireless Security System sounds an alarm or turns on all house or outdoor lights and is considered a low-cost alternative to traditional home security systems. Price: $249.95

         Home Entertainment - Users can control the TV with the Voice-Activated Remote Control. This product "learns" the voices of up to four different users in any language. Comes with a convenient charging base that listens for voice commands and can control the TV, VCR, DVD player, cable box, satellite receiver and entire home theater system. Price: $69.95

         SmarthomeKids - The Lights Off Remote Control Light Switch is ideal for children who are afraid of the dark or get out of bed in the middle of the night. Kids can turn on overhead lights or lamps from the safety and comfort of their bed. Installation takes minutes and no hardwiring is required. Price: $19.99

         Pool and Spa - The Safety-Turtle Wristband offers a unique way to protect young children from swimming pool hazards. Adults are alerted with a loud alarm if a child wearing the wristband falls into a pool. The wristband is designed to withstand rugged play and can only be removed with a key. Price: $99.95 (base station), $49.95 (wristband).

         Pet Care - With the Litter-Free Cat Toilet, consumers will never have to scoop the cat box again with possibly the most sanitary automated cat box on the market. The box connects to the laundry room drainpipe, removing waste material without any intervention. The cleaning cycle washes, flushes, deodorizes and dries the included cat litter crystals, leaving the litter box clean, fresh and odor-free. Price: $299.95

         Smarthome products are also available through Smarthome's direct mail catalog, Web site at and by phone at 1-800-SMARTHOME.

About Smarthome, Inc.
Smarthome, Inc. is the world's leading provider of lighting control, whole-house automation, security and surveillance, home entertainment, gadgets and pet care 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

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