Smarthome Products Featured in Museum of Science and Industry's Smart Home: Green Wired Exhibit


Smarthome Products Featured in Museum of Science and Industry's Smart Home: Green Wired Exhibit

Irvine, CA - March 24, 2009 -- "Chicago's Greenest Home" is back, as Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry opened the newly redesigned Smart Home: Green Wired, Powered by ComEd. The exhibit, which features home automation, surveillance and energy saving products from Smarthome, will run through January 3, 2010.

The 2,500-square-foot, fully functioning "green" home features smart technologies that focus on energy efficiency and home monitoring, low-VOC paints, recycled furnishings and eco-friendly energy sources-including photovoltaic film to collect solar energy and coming summer 2009, a wind turbine to harness one of the windy city's most abundant resources. Museum guests are able to take guided tours through the home every day and learn about the big and small ways that they can live a greener life, and a more tech-savvy one as well.

Among the smart technologies within the home are INSTEON Motion Sensors, which are being used to automatically turn off lights and appliances when no one is in a room, a Panasonic Wireless Network Camera to monitor activities in the nursery through a "Cribcast", and Kill-a-Watt Energy Monitors so exhibit visitors can see how much energy appliances are actually using.

"We're very happy to be a part of this Museum of Science and Industry exhibit," said Smarthome Vice President of Marketing, Laurie Maroni. "Exhibitions like this really open the eyes of visitors when they can observe and interact with technologies that are shaping our future. We're proud that the products we offer on our website and in our catalog are helping people make their homes safer and more energy efficient."

Smart Home: Green Wired will be open at the Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry from March 19, 2009 through Jan. 3, 2010 and is proudly sponsored by ComEd, Dominick's and the Motorola Foundation. A timed-entry ticket is required, and tour times vary, so visit for more information or to purchase tickets.

About SmartLabs
Founded in 1992, SmartLabs, Inc. is an integrated technology company in the home automation market. SmartLabs is organized into three divisions: SmartLabs Technology, the pioneering architects of INSTEON wireless home control technology; SmartLabs Design, which designs and develops Smarthome products; and Smarthome Direct, which sells its own, as well as, third-party products to consumers online at, through their direct mail catalog and via their brick and mortar retail store located in Irvine, CA.

SmartLabs' INSTEON dual-mesh, wireless home control networking technology uses a simple, low-cost combination of wireless and power line communications. Using INSTEON, it is easy to link together home systems such as lighting, security, HVAC (comfort control), A/V, appliances and sensors, allowing them to be controlled or monitored from anywhere in the world. INSTEON-compatible products can also bridge to other networks, such as Wi-Fi LANs, the Internet and telephony, serving as the foundation for robust, integrated home control. The INSTEON Alliance is comprised of over 1000 developers and offers a focused community for developers and manufacturers to incorporate the INSTEON standard into products.

About the Museum of Science and Industry
The Museum of Science and Industry's mission is to inspire the inventive genius in everyone by presenting captivating and compelling experiences that are real and educational. Located at 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive, the Museum is open every day of the year except December 25. Regular Museum hours are 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Sunday. Extended summer hours, until 5:30 p.m. each day, will be offered from May 22 to Sept. 7. The Museum offers indoor parking and is accessible by CTA and Metra. The Museum is supported in part through the generosity of the people of Chicago through the Chicago Park District. For more information, visit the Museum's Web site at or call (773) 684-1414 or (800) GO-TO-MSI outside of the Chicago area.

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