Electronic Home Improvement: A “Smart” Way to Add Value to Your Home

SmartLabs Helps Consumers Upgrade Their Homes with Insteon™ Switches Beginning at $24.99

March 14, 2006

IRVINE, Calif. - While many think of home improvement as remodeling bathrooms and upgrading kitchen countertops, there is a much simpler and more cost effective way to add value to your home called electronic home improvement and it begins with the simple replacement of a light switch. SmartLabs, Inc. and its subsidiary Smarthome.com are championing this new concept in home improvement. 

Electronic home improvement or upgrading your home’s electrical switches that control lights, ceiling and ventilation fans and other devices is a simple way to add value to your home. It’s simple to do and it does not have to cost a lot of money. And SmartLabs products have a “smart” technology built-in called Insteon, which enables their switches to “talk” to each other, making installation simple and creating the foundation for a home control network. 

“We are changing the way consumers think of home improvement,” said Joe Dada, CEO of SmartLabs, Inc. of Irvine, Calif. The company has been developing and distributing home control/automation products for nearly 15 years. “Instead of large home remodeling projects, we are encouraging consumers to upgrade their homes one light switch or one room at time.” 

“Additionally, we are encouraging consumers to make ‘smart’ choices when upgrading their switches,” continued Dada. “When choosing a switch, consumers should choose products that have intelligence like Insteon built-in. This intelligence not only makes the products easy to install, it means that as electronic home improvement devices are added to the home, they will all ‘talk’ to each other and become part of a home control network.” 

SmartLabs’ Insteon-enabled products include wall switches, dimmers and keypads for true lighting control. Beyond turning lights on and off, lamps and lighting fixtures throughout a room can be connected to create lighting scenes in a room. For example, a homeowner can create a dinning room scene where all of the lights in the room dim to pre-determined levels creating a mood with a touch of a button.

Beyond lighting design, lighting control is most often used for safety. A remote control timer system allows users to specify when lights should turn on and off. Interior and exterior lights can be set to turn on and off upon arrival and departure, or can illuminate the entire house when a strange noise is heard outside or in another part of the house. 

SmartLabs’ new line of Insteon-enabled home control lighting products including dimmers and On-Off switches, multi-device table-top controllers, a keypad in-wall controller as well as plug-in devices to control lamps and appliances cost no more than their non-networked counterparts. Retail prices begin at $24.99. 

Insteon-enabled products are available at HomeDepot.com, Amazon.com and Smarthome.com and select lighting specialty stores. User friendly software is also available for the PC and Mac. 

 

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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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Perceptive Automation Releases Indigo Version 1.8 - Now Supports Insteon™

February 8, 2006

IRVINE, Calif. - Perceptive Automation announced today the immediate availability of Indigo version 1.8, an update to the company's intelligent home control and automation server for Mac OS X. 

Indigo v1.8 now provides support for Insteon, SmartLabs’ home-control networking technology and SmartLabs’ PowerLinc V2 home automation interface. Insteon uses a dual-mesh (wireline and radio frequency) communications technology to link together core home systems such as lighting, security, comfort control, security systems, home sensors, consumer electronics and appliances for remote monitoring and control. Now Macintosh users can manage their Insteon-enabled home control products from their computer. 

"With Indigo's intuitive user interface and sophisticated control logic, users have unprecedented home control using their Macintosh computers and a wide range of home automation control hardware,” said Matt Bendiksen, President of Perceptive Automation. 

“We are pleased at the speed in which Perceptive Automation was able to integrate Insteon support into Indigo 1.8,” said Ken Fairbanks, VP Sales of SmartLabs, Inc. 

“We are thrilled to be able to expand the reach of Insteon-enabled products to Macintosh users.”

Indigo provides native support for the Insteon-enabled PowerLinc V2 (#2414U & 2814UB, available separately) CM-11, LynX-PLC, MR26, and W800RF32. These interfaces allow Indigo to remotely communicate with Insteon and X10 devices throughout the home, giving users remote programmable control over lights, appliances, irrigation systems, HVAC. Additionally, Indigo boasts integrated support of the popular Salling Clicker application, allowing wireless home control via Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones and PDAs, and the Ovolab Phlink telephony device, allowing remote home control from touch-one telephone.

Pricing and Availability 

Indigo v1.8 is available now for $89.95 through the Perceptive Automation website, www.perceptiveautomation.com. Also available online is a 30 day trial copy of Indigo. Indigo v1.8 is a free update to customers of v1.x. Indigo runs on Mac OS X v10.2.6 or greater, and requires a supported Insteon or X10 computer interface: PowerLinc, CM-11, or LynX-PLC. Evaluation copy of software available upon request.

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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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Insteon
Isaac Sanz, 1-949-221-0037 x187
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SmartLabs Partners With Leading Electronic Home Control Software Companies to Add Insteon to Home Control Software

New Applications for Mac and PC Give Users Greater Flexibility in Managing Insteon-Enabled Devices

January 5, 2006

IRVINE, Calif. - SmartLabsTM Inc., the world’s leading authority in electronic home improvement and automation, today announced that two leading electronic home control software companies, Perceptive Automation, the maker of Indigo home automation software, and Home Automated Living (HAL), the leader in voice-controlled digital home systems integration software, have embraced the Insteon protocol and have developed new applications for managing Insteon-enabled home control devices. Software developers like HAL and Perceptive Automation can license the Insteon protocol at no cost.

Insteon is a dual-mesh (powerline and radio frequency) home control networking technology optimized for home management and control. Simple, affordable and reliable, Insteon links together core home systems such as lighting, security, comfort control, consumer electronics, appliances and safety sensors for remote monitoring and control.

Perceptive Automation’s Indigo software is being used as a home control server for the Apple Macintosh. Indigo allows users to remotely control lights, fans, appliances, sprinklers and other home systems and devices. It also integrates SmartLabs Insteon- enabled in wall keypad with iTunes to manage and customize music remotely. Users don't have to go to the computer to management the music; they can simply use the programmed keypad to make choices and changes. It is an end-to-end streaming media solution.

Perceptive Automation turned to Insteon in an effort to find a replacement for legacy technologies such as X-10. Insteon's ability to transport messages by peer-to-peer simulcasting with error detection, message confirmation and automatic retries was attractive, and because Insteon devices all have unique addresses and automatically act as simulcasting repeaters, the network requires no configuration or routing controllers.

“SmartLabs has been very cooperative and open with the Insteon standard and protocol specifications, and Insteon met the price point and technology demands of our customers,” said Matt Bendiksen of Perceptive Automation. “The technology is very robust and offers a ‘true mesh’ experience without the overhead and complexity found in routed solutions.” 

SmartLabs is also working with HAL. HAL software functions like an operating system for the home, enabling users to control their homes—and all the technology inside—remotely. Using any number of interfaces such as a web browser, touchscreen or HAL’s speaker-independent speech interface gives the user total control of home systems such as lights, appliances, climate, home theater, security and telephone. 

“Insteon delivers a stable platform that solves the reliability problems found in older technologies,” said Tim Shriver, president of HAL. “We offer a seamless solution that interconnects devices and systems mirroring SmartLabs’ Insteon solution, and the fact that we as software developers get the Insteon protocol for free allows a lot of design flexibility.” 

“With support for Insteon now incorporated into Indigo software for the Macintosh and HAL for the PC, homeowners will be able to take advantage of powerful new Mac- and PC-based home control applications that enable greater flexibility and more complex programming of their Insteon-enabled devices,” said Ken Fairbanks, SmartLabs VP of Business Development. “We’re pleased that these software leaders have recognized the value of Insteon. The partnerships will strengthen the appeal of our respective product offerings, helping to further grow the electronic home improvement market.”

Representatives from both HAL and Perceptive Automation will be demonstrating their Insteon-compatible solutions during CES (Jan. 5-8) at the SmartLabs partner pavilion, South Hall 2/26424. SmartLabs executives will also be available for press and analyst briefings. Contact Michelle Laird at 503-705-4577 or mlaird@olearypr.com to make an appointment, or stop by booth South Hall 2/26424. 

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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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Insteon
Isaac Sanz, 1-949-221-0037 x187
pr@insteon.com

SmartLabs Introduces the ICON Line of Affordable Home Control Lighting Products

Network-Ready “Smart” Insteon Devices Cost No More than “Non-Networked” Alternatives

January 5, 2006

IRVINE, Calif. - — SmartLabsTM the parent company of Smarthome and world’s leading authority in electronic home improvement and automation, today announced the introduction of its new ICON line of affordable Insteon-based home control lighting products. SmartLabs is now delivering electronic home improvement and automation products at an all time low price point, making it accessible to all home owners. 

The first ICON products to be released enable consumers to easily and inexpensively set up a reliable and user-friendly remote control lighting system that also becomes a foundation for a powerful home control network.

The network-ready Insteon-based ICON products are extremely affordable—costing no more than their non-networked counterparts. For example the retail price of an Insteon-enabled ICON dimmer switch is $19.99, while "non-networked" versions of a competitive product are generally priced the same or higher. The ICON line offers the quality construction, sophisticated technology and outstanding performance of high-end devices at a fraction of the price.

“We are breaking down all the barriers for home owners to automate, integrate and control their lighting and appliances,” Said Rajeev Kapur, SmartLabs vice president of sales and marketing. “This is an unprecedented step and once again illustrates our commitment to being at the forefront of new technology, innovative products and now affordable pricing initiatives.”

The new ICON line includes several products such as the Insteon-remote control on/off appliance adapter for fans, heaters, fountains or other on/off devices; a remote control timer system that allows users to specify when lights should turn on and off and to set safety and vacation lighting modes; and a remote control on/off wall switch that connects to existing wiring to replace any wall switch for florescent lights, fans, outdoor security lights or switched outlets.

ICON devices are easy to install, and they can be programmed with the touch of a few buttons. Because ICON is part of the Insteon true mesh network, no controllers are required to route messages. And because the system uses existing electrical wiring, no new wires or cables are needed; any consumer can set up this home automation system in minutes. 

"With the introduction of the ICON line, Smarthome can now provide an Insteon enabled controllable light switch at a price point directly competitive with standard dimmer switches, enabling an even wider adoption of Insteon in the home,” Said George West senior analyst at West Technology Research. “This development is a key step in SmartLabs plan to deliver affordable, reliable and easy to use Electronic Home Improvement and Home Control products to the mass marketplace. Developers and retailers should take note that the Insteon technology is quickly becoming the de-facto standard in home control and automation." 

SmartLabs executives will be available for press and analyst briefings during CES (Jan. 5-8). Contact Michelle Laird at 503-705-4577 or mlaird@olearypr.com to make an appointment, or  stop by the SmartLabs booth South Hall 2/26424

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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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Insteon
Isaac Sanz, 1-949-221-0037 x187
pr@insteon.com

New Parent Entity Reflects Commitment to R&D and Sub Companies Smarthome Direct, SmartLabs Technology and SmartLabs Design Shows Continuing Leadership Role

New Parent Entity Reflects Commitment to R&D and Sub Companies Smarthome Direct, SmartLabs Technology and SmartLabs Design Shows Continuing Leadership Role 

 

January 4, 2006

IRVINE, Calif. -  Smarthome Inc., the world’s leading authority in electronic home improvement and automation, today announced the formation of a parent company SmartLabsTM and three sub companies Smarthome Direct, SmartLabs Technologies and SmartLabs Design. The creation of SmartLabs Inc. more accurately reflects its roles as a visionary think tank and its sub companies continue to exemplify industry leadership as well as delivering best-in-class home control products and technologies.

“The creation of the new SmartLabs parent company and three sub companies demonstrates our unwavering commitment to industry innovation and leadership in electronic home improvement and automation-from thought leadership and technological advancement right through to cutting-edge product designs and next- generation marketing and distribution," said Joe Dada, SmartLabs CEO.

The creation of the parent company SmartLabs is a recommitment and focus into three key areas of core competency mirrored in its three companies, Smarthome Direct (retail web site and catalog), SmartLabs Technology (Insteon technology) and SmartLabs Design (manufacturing). These three companies, individually and in combination, will deliver the distribution channels, technology solutions and manufacturing capabilities necessary to support and grow the electronic home improvement and automation market. 

The Smarthome Direct Company will continue to capitalize on the strong Smarthome brand equity through its renowned website and catalog. SmartLabs R&D as well as its Insteon sales and marketing are within the SmartLabs Technology Company, which provides advanced home control technology solutions such as Insteon, the first electronic home improvement and automation technology optimized for home control. Insteon uses both the home’s electrical wiring and radio frequency (RF) communication to deliver a secure, reliable and fast connection for the remote control, integration and management of lighting, security systems, entertainment systems, appliances, climate control and more. Insteon is licensed to OEM partners for integration into home automation products. SmartLabs manufacturing and product company—SmartLabs Design—will oversee the design, development, product sales and marketing of innovative new home control products (for example, the ICON line of affordable Insteon-based lighting products).

“The creation of the SmartLabs company gives us a stronger corporate identity allowing us to more effectively leverage the leadership and focus of our three companies and further act as a catalyst to move the dynamic home control networking market forward,” said Rajeev Kapur, SmartLabs vice president sales and marketing. “These changes continue to confirm our focus: encouraging customers to live more innovative, more convenient and safer lives through affordable electronic home improvement and automation.” 

SmartLabs executives will be available for press and analyst briefings during CES (Jan. 5-8). Contact Michelle Laird at 503-705-4577 or mlaird@olearypr.com to make an appointment, or stop by booth 26424. 

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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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Insteon
Isaac Sanz, 1-949-221-0037 x187
pr@insteon.com