Automated Bathtub Wins First Prize, Device to Restrict Children's Television Viewing and 'Smart' Key Fob Are Runners-Up
IRVINE, Calif., Oct. 5, 2004 - Smarthome, Inc., the world's leading provider of automated products to improve the home, today announced the three winners of "The Smarthome Automate This! Contest," who were selected for submitting the best new ideas for improving everyday life in the home through automation, over thousands of entrants nationwide.
The winners are:
$1,000 Grand Prize - - The Automated Bathtub
Theral Mackey from Atlanta, Ga., submitted the winning idea for an automated bathtub that would draw the perfect bath with the push of a button by setting water temperature, water height and adding soap or bubble bath. It would also be able to turn on the jets for Jacuzzi -type bathtubs and be controlled from anywhere in the house or on the way home from a hard day of work. The bath could also be scheduled to start when the alarm clock goes off, in order to have a bath waiting before the day starts. Mackey received a $1,000 shopping spree on Smarthome's online store for his winning submission.
$500 First Runner -up - - Kid's TV Timer
The first runner -up, Andrew Logie from Attleboro, Mass. would like to control children's TV viewing by creating a device that regulates the amount of television children watch. When kids use up one hour for the day, or any time period set by parents, the TV automatically turns off. Logie received a $500 shopping spree from Smarthome.
$250 Second Runner -up - - 'Smart' Key Fob
Second runner -up, Jon Deutsch of King of Prussia, Pa. would like the house to respond as you enter or leave. A small, wireless -enabled pocket key fob, acting as a personal identification device, would alert the house and issue commands to lock or unlock doors and windows, raise or lower the thermostat setting, activate or deactivate the alarm system, turn on the stereo, and more. Deutsch received a $250 shopping spree from Smarthome.
This past July, Smarthome challenged the public to submit an automated home improvement they wish was available today that would make their life more convenient, safe or fun. Entries were judged based upon originality and imagination.
"We were amazed at the response. We received ideas for every part of the home and every member of the family, including pets," said Rajeev Kapur, vice president of sales and marketing for Smarthome, Inc. based in Irvine, Calif. "Our engineers are looking at some of the more interesting ideas as possible contenders for future real -world products. We think the success of this contest demonstrates that people want to enhance their lives through automation, and Smarthome will continue to strive to meet that demand."
Other submissions included moisture sensing windows that automatically close when rain is detected, a voice activated/automatic toilet seat lifter, an interactive refrigerator that reads bar codes and compiles a shopping list of food that needs replenishing, and a home inventory system to store appliance manuals and alert the homeowner when a warranty expires or an item needs maintenance.
Winners are featured on the Smarthome Web site, www.smarthome.com and will be featured in an upcoming Smarthome catalog edition.
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™, (www.insteon.com), is dedicated to making life more convenient, safe and fun. The company's on -line catalog can be found at www.smarthome.com. Newsweek magazine called Smarthome's online store "the Amazon.com of electronic home improvement." Smarthome and its electronic home improvement partners are featured on the new unscripted Fox series, "Renovate My Family." Check local listings for date and time.