Bluetooth may be the key to your future smart home

If you've ever considered trying to turn your house into a smart home, you've likely found the prospect expensive or technologically intimidating. That situation could soon change, thanks in part to an old technology learning some new tricks.

A growing number of companies are rolling out home automation products that tap into new capabilities for Bluetooth, the same wireless technology that you use to link your phone with your headset or other hands-free devices. Because those new smart home products -- such as automated lights and remotely controlled door locks -- are based on a widely used technology, they have the potential to be cheaper and easier to set up and use than previous home automation gadgets.

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