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Home automation designed for kids

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June 4, 2004

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US home automation manufacturer Smarthome have introduced a line of devices specifically for kids including the Keep Out Doorknob Motion Sensor - a motion-sensing security device that hangs from the doorknob and detects intruders who don't know the secret code. The motion sensor also attaches to desk drawer handles and backpacks, sounding an alarm when tampering is detected.

Another clever device that addresses fear of the dark is the Lights Off Remote Control Light Switch - a remote switch that enables kids to turn on the light without having to leave the safety-zone of the bed.

"Today, kids begin interacting with technology at an early age and many are more tech-savvy than their parents," Matt Dean, vice president of marketing and sales for Smarthome, Inc. "SmarthomeKids line of products offers kids and parents smart, fun and educational alternatives to traditional toys and video games."

Also catching Gizmo's attention, Under Water Walkie-Talkies (Water-Talkies) effective at up to 5 metres are available. These don't rely on batteries or wires and their young inventor Rich Stachowski, who was honoured for his efforts by the US National Gallery of Young Inventors.

The Keep Out Doorknob Motion Sensor costs US$29.99, the Remote Control Light Switch costs US$19.99 and the Water Talkies cost US$11.99. See www.smarthome.com/smkids.html for more information.

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Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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