IRVINE, Calif., March 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Smarthome, Inc., the world's leading provider of home automation products and personal gadgets, today announced the best-selling home automation products of 2003. The products listed below were the most popular among the more than 500,000 home automation products shipped to Smarthome customers in 2003. Smarthome is the largest home automation and home control supplier in the world.
"As these top-selling products demonstrate, mainstream consumers are seeing the real-world benefits of home automation technology as it continues to become more affordable, reliable and easy to use," said Joe Dada, president and CEO of Smarthome, Inc. based in Irvine, Calif.
BoosterLinc - This product is a simple plug-in device that greatly enhances the reliability of X-10-based home automation products. (X-10 is the current standard technology for home automation devices to communicate through the home's existing power line.) The world's first 110V signal enhancer, BoosterLinc is a proprietary Smarthome product that became the firm's best seller within 48 hours of launch and ended the year at No. 1. Price: $99.99.
Sensaphone - This device monitors homes for temperature, leaks, motion and other events and then calls the homeowner to alert them of an event. Many Smarthome customers use the product to monitor their vacation or other second homes. Price range: $369.99 - $549.99.
SwitchLinc - This advanced line of X-10-compatible dimmers and switches feature brightness indicator bars, adjustable "on" levels and ramp rates, and elegant whole-house controls. The two-way SwitchLinc was the world's first dimmer/switch that could trigger other devices in the home and to confirm it received a signal from a remote controller. Price range: $44.99 - $69.99.
Doorbell Fun Door Answering System - This product rings the home phone with a distinctive tone after a visitor has pressed the button on the intercom station at the front door. The homeowner can then talk to the visitor without having to physically walk to the door. This easy-to- install system can handle up to two door intercom stations, and comes in ivory or brass. Price: $139.99 (ivory); $199.99 (brass)
Speed Wrap All-In-One Cable - Measuring 0.69-inches in diameter, this advanced cable combines multiple fiber optic, coaxial and telephone cables together into one bundle, reducing installation time by allowing users to pull all cables at once. It is ideal for new home construction or for homeowners who hope to "future proof" their home with cables that support existing and future technology. Video, voice and data technology can all be accessed throughout the house. It is available in two configurations -- SpeedWrap with Fiber Optic Cable or SpeedWrap Category 4E/RG-6 -- and consumers can choose between a PVC jacket or spiral- wrapped cable. Price range: $269.99 - $499.99
Smarthome Securely VR Wireless Security System - This full-featured, professional-grade security system protects 30 zones throughout a house using wireless sensors and a completely customizable system. The main unit plugs directly into a wall and each wireless sensor can be placed in desired locations, allowing the user to program the system without having to worry about hardwiring or cables. It can automatically dial private numbers with a pre-recorded message, blare an 85-decibel siren and notify the 24-hour monitoring personnel when the alarm system is activated. The system comes with eight wireless key chains to arm or disarm the security system, but will also respond to commands through any phone. Price: $249.99
Hot Link Pro - With this product, homeowners can keep A/V equipment behind an opaque entertainment center, cabinet or door and still maintain full use and access of the equipment via remote control. In addition to routing IR remote signals through cabinets to out-of-sight gear, the Hot Link Pro also increases the signal range of the remote and will work on six A/V devices. Price: $99.99
About Smarthome, Inc.
Founded in 1992, Smarthome, Inc. is the largest home automation and home control supplier in the world. 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 http://www.smarthome.com .