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Insteon® OutletLinc™ Dimmer Named Electronic House Product of the Year

Remote Control Dimmer Receptacle Tops Lighting Controllers Category 

 

January 11, 2012

IRVINE, Calif. - Las Vegas, NV - Electronic House (EH) announced that SmartLabs' OutletLinc Dimmer - Insteon Remote Control Dimmer has been awarded its Product of the Year in the Lighting Controllers Category. 

Each year, EH kicks off the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) with its awards that are selected by a panel of industry leaders and the Editors of Electronic House and CE Pro. SmartLabs has garnered product of the year awards from EH in the past for its HouseLinc - Insteon Desktop Software (2006) and RemoteLinc - Insteon Wireless Remote Control (2007). 

"We are very excited to be recognized by Electronic House," commented Mike Scharnagl, Director of Marketing at SmartLabs. "Electronic House truly covers all aspects of the electronics industry, so for their panel and editors to recognize OutletLinc Dimmer among the best products of the year is tremendous."

OutletLinc Dimmer can be remotely activated from any Insteon controller, providing a clean, low-profile alternative to the standard plug-in modules. OutletLinc Dimmer uses a simple magnetic key to only provide power (and dimming) to lamps that you want to control. The key easily attaches to any lamp plug with no cutting of wires or modifications. The bottom outlet functions as a standard receptacle, rated at 15 Amps. Both top and bottom outlets are tamper resistant.

The simple-to-use OutletLinc Dimmer has advanced features like an adjustable ramp rate that slowly brings the lamp on and a preset dim level that stores your preferred choice of 32 brightness levels when turning the lamp on initially. The product is made to be installed in place of any wall receptacle and controls incandescent loads up to 300 Watts.

The OutletLinc Dimmer is available through retailers such as Smarthome.com and Amazon.com for $59.99.

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About Insteon
Developed in Irvine, California, the award-winning Insteon remote control product line includes more than 200 devices, from lamp dimmers to thermostats and LED bulbs. Insteon delivers the fastest, most reliable wireless device communication in the industry with its innovative dual-band and simulcast mesh technology, creating the optimum platform for the coming Internet of Things. Insteon products are available throughout the U.S. and Canada as well as internationally. For more information about Insteon®, please visit www.insteon.com, or connect with Insteon on Facebook (www.facebook.com/insteon) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/insteon).


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SmartLabs Insteon-Compatible RemoteLinc Wireless Remote Control Wins Electronic House Product of the Year Award

New Handheld Remote Gives Users Control of Hardwired and Battery Operated Insteon Devices 

 

August 01, 2007

IRVINE, Calif. - SmartLabs, Inc.™, the world’s leading authority in home automation and control, has won the Electronic House Product of the Year Award for its newly introduced Insteon-compatible RemoteLinc wireless remote control. The success of the RemoteLinc is key to the development of the connected home as it clearly demonstrates that wireless RF and powerline devices can mutually co-exist and benefit each other to create the ultimate reliability solution for the connected home eco-system. 


“The release of RemoteLinc reaffirms SmartLabs’ commitment to the benefits of a dual mesh Insteon network which leverages both powerline and RF simulcast communications and creates a truly low cost, highly reliable, family of devices in the home,” said Dan Cregg, chief technology officer, SmartLabs. 

The power of the Insteon technology is its flexibility in allowing development of product and solutions for consumers that can be either RF, powerline or both thus adding to the Insteon networks simplicity, and affordability. This innovative strategy has allowed Insteon to gather more than 40% market share, since its debut two years ago according to West Technology Research Solutions. 

“With the release of the Insteon RemoteLinc, SmartLabs continues to fulfill the vision for the Insteon dual mesh (powerline and RF) that was outlined with the initial Insteon release in 2005,” said George West of West Technology Research Solutions. “The Insteon RemoteLinc extends the Insteon portfolio by providing untethered operation, enabled by the wireless component of the Insteon protocol. We expect that this is only the first of many RF enabled products coming to market utilizing Insteon technology.” 


The RemoteLinc is but another addition to the Insteon-compatible product community which today has over 1400 developers and 100 manufacturers ranging from home lighting, security, heating/air conditioning, and appliances. 

Electronic House magazine editors selected the RemoteLinc as its Product of the Year for its technical innovation, simplicity to use and overall value. 


The RemoteLinc wireless remote control is now available for $49.99 at www.smarthome.com. For more information about the award winning Insteon home control networking technology, please visit www.insteon.com.

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About Insteon
Developed in Irvine, California, the award-winning Insteon remote control product line includes more than 200 devices, from lamp dimmers to thermostats and LED bulbs. Insteon delivers the fastest, most reliable wireless device communication in the industry with its innovative dual-band and simulcast mesh technology, creating the optimum platform for the coming Internet of Things. Insteon products are available throughout the U.S. and Canada as well as internationally. For more information about Insteon®, please visit www.insteon.com, or connect with Insteon on Facebook (www.facebook.com/insteon) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/insteon).

About Smarthome™ 
Smarthome was created based on the realization of a need for automated products that make lives easier, safer and more enjoyable. Today, Smarthome sells more than 13,000 hard-to-find products, including home automation solutions featuring award-winning Insteon technology. Smarthome sells online through its award-winning website at Smarthome.com, its direct mail catalog, its partners - such as Amazon, New Egg, Crutchfield and Tiger Direct, and its brick and mortar retail store located in Irvine, CA.

 

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SMARTLABS DESIGN IS NAMED CES INNOVATIONS 2007 DESIGN AND ENGINEERING AWARD HONOREE

November 8, 2006

IRVINE, Calif. -  The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA®) today announced SmartLabs Design as an International CES Innovations 2007 Design and Engineering Awards Honoree for the SocketLinc Dimmer at the International CES New York Press Preview. Products entered in this prestigious program are judged by a preeminent panel of independent industrial designers, engineers and members of the trade press to honor outstanding design and engineering in cutting-edge consumer electronics products.  

The SocketLinc Dimmer is the first full-functioning screw-in dimmer designed for individual light bulbs and fixtures. It fits lamps of all sizes and uses the Insteon wireless home control networking technology to provide custom lighting control.

"The SocketLinc is the only device to combine a sleek, compact form factor in a dimmable device," said Duke Chadsey, vice president of SmartLabs. "And although it is powerful enough for integrated home control systems, it is also user-friendly enough for consumers who are not tech-savvy. Users simply screw in the SocketLinc and the lamp is not only dimmable it becomes part of the Insteon home control network."

As a widely renowned consumer technology awards program that began in 1989, the prestigious Innovations Design and Engineering Awards recognize achievements in product design and engineering. It is sponsored by CEA, the producer of the International CES, the world’s largest consumer technology tradeshow, and endorsed by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), the voice of industrial design, committed to advancing the profession through education, information, community and advocacy.

SmartLabs Design’s SocketLinc Dimmer will be displayed at the 2007 International CES, which runs January 8-11, 2007, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Innovations Design and Engineering Showcase will feature honorees by product category at Innovations Plus at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, Booth #68747. New for 2007: High-Performance Audio (HPA) Innovations Honorees will also be exhibited in The Venetian on the third floor, across from the San Polo Ballroom. Best of Innovations honoree products will also be displayed at the Grand Lobby of Las Vegas Convention Center, next to Experience CEA, and at CES Unveiled: The Official Press Event of the International CES. Visit www.CESweb.org/innovations for details on Innovations 2007 Design and Engineering Honorees. 

Products entered into Innovations 2007 must be available to market to U.S. retail outlets or on the company website between January 1, 2006, and June 30, 2007. The Innovations entries are judged based on the following criteria: 

  • Engineering qualities of the product, including technical specifications and materials used 
  • The product’s intended use/function and user value 
  • Aesthetic and design qualities (using visuals provided) 
  • Unique and novel features 
  • Contributions to consumers’ quality of life 
  • Impact on the manufacturer’s business model

Products chosen as Innovations honorees reflect the innovative design and engineering of the entries. Examples may include the first time various technologies are combined in a single product or dramatic enhancements to previous product designs. 

Innovations honoree products are featured on www.CESweb.org/Innovations, where you can see a list of product categories, as well as each product name, manufacturer information, designer, description, photo and URL. 

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About Insteon
Developed in Irvine, California, the award-winning Insteon remote control product line includes more than 200 devices, from lamp dimmers to thermostats and LED bulbs. Insteon delivers the fastest, most reliable wireless device communication in the industry with its innovative dual-band and simulcast mesh technology, creating the optimum platform for the coming Internet of Things. Insteon products are available throughout the U.S. and Canada as well as internationally. For more information about Insteon®, please visit www.insteon.com, or connect with Insteon on Facebook (www.facebook.com/insteon) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/insteon).

 

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Frost & Sullivan Presents SmartLabs’ Insteon Wireless Home Control Technology with 2006 Emerging Technology Award for Home Automation

September 12, 2006

IRVINE, Calif. - Frost & Sullivan selected SmartLabs™, Inc. as the recipient of the 2006 Frost & Sullivan Emerging Technology Award for developing Insteon™, an innovative wireless home control technology. The company has edged ahead of its competitors by creating a technology that is optimized for the home environment and the consumer. 

Insteon is a technology that simply works. It is reliable, easy to install and manage. Plus, it is low costs so that the devices embedded with the technology remain affordable. Insteon’s contributing attributes make home control accessible to the mass market. 

“The market for home control is in a growth phase and presents a huge potential for growth driven by increasing awareness about the benefits of these systems, penetration of these systems into mid range of homes, and better economic conditions,” according to Frost & Sullivan analysts R. Srivatsan and Jorge Moreno. “The increase in the sales of home control systems has had a direct effect on the demand for network system protocols. Moreover, the increasing trend of homeowners preferring open protocols has enabled new companies like SmartLabs with superior technology to enter the market.”

Insteon connects devices both wirelessly and via the powerline and provides a simple, affordable and reliable means to link core home systems such as lighting, security, comfort control, consumer electronics, appliances and safety sensors for remote monitoring and control. 

Some of the major challenges faced by market participants include educating end-users about benefits offered by these protocols, and constant innovation to meet the changing needs of the consumers. SmartLabs has garnered a higher customer base, penetrated new markets and geographic regions, developed strategic partnerships, and continuously re-evaluated its market strategies to stay abreast of the home automation market. 

“SmartLabs is the only company in the home control space with direct access to consumers,” said Joe Dada, founder and CEO of SmartLabs, Inc. “We have 13 years of feedback from our customers who tell us they want to use home automation to control their homes. We created Insteon as technology that makes it easy and affordable for consumers to create a home control network to add convenience, efficiency and safety to one of their most important investments – their home.” 

In the due course, developers must also emphasize on simple and affordable systems to address the needs of all consumers. To further advance the development of Insteon, SmartLabs created the Insteon Alliance, which is an open forum for product developers to aid in the development of better applications and chart out product development for Insteon-enabled products. 

“The increasing reach of the Insteon Alliance and feedback about applications from homeowners help in the development of next-generation solutions,” notes Moreno. “Within a short span, Insteon has seen a very high level of acceptance, which has helped the company achieve higher growth rates.” 

SmartLabs licenses its technology to manufacturers that want its products to part of an Insteon home control network. Manufacturers of security alarms, ceiling fans, temperature controls, garage door openers, pool and spa controls and access controls are adopters of the Insteon technology. However, any home product such as window blinds, faucets, or other devices can be embedded with an Insteon chip.

"Recently, SmartLabs introduced ALL-Link interoperability, which allows any Insteon enabled controller to operate any other device on its network,” continued Moreno. “This further widens the market reach of Insteon because it ensures that different manufacturers’ products will work together."

Each year Frost & Sullivan presents this Award to a company that has demonstrated technological superiority within its industry. The Award recognizes the ability of the company to successfully develop or introduce a new technology, formulate a well-designed product family, and make significant product performance contributions to the industry. 

Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research in order to identify best practices in the industry. 

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About Insteon
Developed in Irvine, California, the award-winning Insteon remote control product line includes more than 200 devices, from lamp dimmers to thermostats and LED bulbs. Insteon delivers the fastest, most reliable wireless device communication in the industry with its innovative dual-band and simulcast mesh technology, creating the optimum platform for the coming Internet of Things. Insteon products are available throughout the U.S. and Canada as well as internationally. For more information about Insteon®, please visit www.insteon.com, or connect with Insteon on Facebook (www.facebook.com/insteon) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/insteon).

 

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SmartLabs’ Insteon Wins AeA High Tech Award for Innovative Technology of the Year

AeA Orange County Council Selects Insteon Wireless Home Control Technology for its Consumer Appeal

May 22, 2006

IRVINE, Calif. - SmartLabs, Inc.™, the world’s leading authority in home control and automation, has won the AeA High Tech Award for Innovative Technology of the Year for its Insteon™ wireless home control technology. The AeA Orange County Council made the announcement at its 13th Annual High Tech Innovation Awards ceremony on May 18. 

SmartLabs’ Insteon home control networking technology uses a simple, low-cost combination of wireless and power line communications to link core home systems such as lighting, security, comfort control, consumer electronics, appliances and safety sensors for remote monitoring and control. 

“With nearly 14 years of consumer feedback about how people want home control to work in their homes, for security and energy management for example, SmartLabs created Insteon for the homeowner,” said Joe Dada, founder and CEO, SmartLabs. “We are honored that the AeA recognizes how important Insteon will be in fulfilling our vision of making home control available to everyone.”

Ultimately, Insteon makes home control readily available for adoption by the mass market. Because the technology is affordable, it keeps the product price for consumer devices down. And, because it is simple for the homeowner to install and it is reliable, products with Insteon can be sold in mass market retailers like Home Depot as well as by dealers, distributors and installers (e.g. electricians). 

For more information about SmartLabs and Insteon home control technology, please visit www.smartlabsinc.com and www.insteon.com. SmartLabs is headquartered in Irvine, Calif. 

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About Insteon
Developed in Irvine, California, the award-winning Insteon remote control product line includes more than 200 devices, from lamp dimmers to thermostats and LED bulbs. Insteon delivers the fastest, most reliable wireless device communication in the industry with its innovative dual-band and simulcast mesh technology, creating the optimum platform for the coming Internet of Things. Insteon products are available throughout the U.S. and Canada as well as internationally. For more information about Insteon®, please visit www.insteon.com, or connect with Insteon on Facebook (www.facebook.com/insteon) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/insteon).

 

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