IRVINE, Calif., July 8, 2004 -Smarthome, Inc., the world's leading provider of electronic home improvement products and personal gadgets, today announced summer products designed to keep children safe, as well as products suitable for spending time outside hosting parties, barbequing, picnicking, swimming and camping."During the summer, families usually spend a lot more time outdoors," said Rajeev Kapur, vice president of sales and marketing for Smarthome, Inc. based in Irvine, Calif. "Smarthome offers products designed for their safety, entertainment, comfort and convenience throughout the 'good ol' summertime.'"The following products can be purchased through Smarthome's online summer products Web site, by phone at 1-800-SMARTHOME, or at the company's home automation store based at its headquarters in Irvine, Calif.
Safety Turtle Pool Alarm System -This pool safety alarm attaches to a child's wrist like a watch and sounds a piercing alarm if the child jumps or falls into the swimming pool. With a turtle-shaped faceplate, the watch locks onto the child's wrist while the AC-powered base station, which sounds the alarm, can be placed within 100 feet of the swimming pool. No hardwiring is necessary and since it is portable, it travels to any swimming pool. The system comes with a key to ensure the child does not remove or lose it. Base station price: $109.99. Wristband price: $49.99.Planter Outdoor Speaker by Bahama Sounds -The Planter Outdoor Speaker hides unattractive speakers and can be used to plant and water real plants and flowers. With 100-watt power handling, the Planter Outdoor Speaker projects music from downward facing speakers at the base, and will beautify patios, gardens and backyards. It can also be used in apartments, condominiums and town homes, for residents to enjoy music without seeing speakers. The Planter Outdoor Speaker is weatherproof and includes a wrought-iron stand. Price: $199.99Wireless BBQ Temperature Probe -Summertime often means barbeque time, and using the Wireless BBQ Temperature Probe will ensure meat is fully cooked. The probe displays whether meat is rare, medium or well done. The remote control can display the temperature in the kitchen, so cooks don't have to check the meat often. The kit comes with a desktop temperature station, remote transmitter and meat probe. The system requires two AA batteries and one 9-volt battery (batteries sold separately). Price: $39.99Sol-Mate Floating Light - Illuminate a pool, birdbath or koi pond for a summer party with the Sol-Mate Floating Light. The built-in white, waterproof LED lamp charges itself from the sun during the day, and automatically turns on at dusk. The floating light's glow provides a subtle, romantic ambience and has a lifetime of up to 100,000 hours. When the included "AA" battery is fully charged from sunlight, the light lasts up to 10 hours. Price: $19.99Aqua Underwater FM Radio -Adults swimming for exercise or children wading in the pool for enjoyment will be motivated to stay in the water longer with the Aqua Underwater FM Radio. The floating radio has an above-water speaker for those sitting poolside and an underwater speaker to entertain swimmers. If desired, the underwater speaker can be turned off while the main, above-water speaker remains on. The radio also features four pre-recorded sound effects-dolphins, race start, count down, sonar ping, and Marco Polo. Price: $29.99Solar-Powered Pool Purifier - Family members and guests can enjoy swimming in the pool without the unpleasant smell or taste of chlorine, or the undesirable affects on skin, hair and eyes. Powered by the sun's rays, the pool purifier floats in your pool and releases mineral ions into the water, effectively halting the growth of algae and other microorganisms. The ionized water is so safe, it falls within the EPA established drinking water standards. Because some pool contaminants, such as dust or suntan lotion, are not affected by mineral ions, consumers will still need to maintain about 20 percent of their previous chlorine usage. Price: $249
About Smarthome, Inc.Founded in 1992, Smarthome, Inc. is the world's largest home automation and home control supplier and a leader in enhancing lifestyles through electronic home improvement projects. Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., Smarthome products are sold to an international customer base via the Web, phone and retail outlets as well as to professional dealers and installers through its SmarthomePro division. Its SmarthomeDesign division is responsible for the development of Insteon?, a new home networking technology (, and the company's proprietary products. Smarthome, Inc. is dedicated to making life more convenient, safe and fun. The company's on-line catalog can be found at

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