Smarthome Announces 'Back-to-School' Gadgets for Students and Parents
IRVINE, California, July 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Smarthome Inc., the world's leading provider of electronic home improvement products and personal gadgets, today announced its recommendations for preparing students and parents for the back-to-school season.

"Smarthome is dedicated to making life more convenient, safe and fun, and that includes helping students and their parents gear up for the school year," said Rajeev Kapur, vice president of sales and marketing of Smarthome, Inc., based in Irvine, Calif. "We offer products that will help keep students more organized and safe, and give their parents peace-of-mind."

The following are available from Smarthome's special back-to-school online product guide ( or at 1-800-SMARTHOME:

AM/FM Clock Radio/Weather/Memo Minder -- Have your child start every morning with a clock radio that announces the time, outdoor temperature, weather conditions and personally recorded messages. For instance, the memo minder can wake them in the morning by announcing, "The time is 7 a.m., the temperature outside is 69 degrees, and the weather is going to be sunny. And don't forget your school project today!" Children can choose outfits more easily after knowing the outside temperature. Parents can leave specific reminders for them as well. Price: $119.99

Digital Voice Recorder Voice Bank -- Whether it's in their high school class or first college lecture, students won't miss a word with the Digital Voice Recorder Voice Bank. The voice bank digitally records more than nine hours of information, eliminating the need to change tapes in the middle of recording. From important lectures and classes, to useful directions and numbers, students can supplement their class notes and listen to instruction again at home while studying. This digital mini-recorder fits in a front shirt pocket and can pick up the softest of conversations with a highly sensitive built-in microphone. The recorder stores up to 396 messages in four separate folders. Software is included if students want to archive their messages to a computer. Price: $149.99

Sidewinder Portable Cell Phone Charger -- Make sure your child is never caught with a dead cell phone battery when making calls to mom and dad, especially in an emergency. This battery-free, pocket-sized cell phone charger connects with the included cable. Twist the handle in either direction for just two minutes and the user gets six minutes of talk time or 30 minutes of standby time. For more power duration, simply twist the handle for a longer time. Price: $24.99

Wristwatch Remote Control -- Every student needs some downtime after coming home by watching TV. Now they can channel surf with ease, at any time, with this Wristwatch Remote Control. They won't have to worry about the remote falling in between the sofa cushions or getting kicked under a pile of laundry again. Sleek and stylish, the piece acts as a true watch, but also functions as a TV/cable remote with channel, volume, power, and setup controls. Price: $16.99

Chillow -- When college dorms don't offer adequate air conditioning, students can stay cool during warm nights with the Chillow. When water is poured into the Chillow's fill port, its cooling gel is activated. Students just slip the Chillow between the pillow and pillowcase and it will pull heat away from their head. The Chillow is made from medical-grade cloth and contains no harmful chemicals or powders -- so students can get a cool, safe, and restful sleep. Price: $29.99

CD/DVD Library Storage System -- Help high school or college students keep their valuable CD, DVD and CD-ROM investment safe from scratches by giving them this CD/DVD storage system, which features soft-lined sleeves. These hard-backed, leather-covered books will tastefully blend in with any dorm or home decor. Students will easily find their favorite music, movie or computer program by referencing the small index cards located in every disc sleeve and separate jacket for CD coverlets. Each book in the CD/ DVD storage system holds up to 32 CDs or DVDs. Price: $24.99

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 OEM and distribution sales channels. Smarthome, developers of a new home networking technology called Insteon(TM), (, is dedicated to making life more convenient, safe and fun. The company's on-line catalog can be found at

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