Technology paves way for smarter homes

You can now use your smartphone to unlock the front door, dim the lights and run the bath. Whether your motivation is security, convenience, environmental concerns, or all three, home automation is where we've arrived.

Better bath time Blu Bathworks, which has more than 100 showrooms across North America, recently released its electronica digital tapware collection, which allows people to control their sinks, showers or tub faucets using wireless technology.

"There's an app that can be downloaded that basically allows the user to turn their shower or bathtub on or off from their iPhone or iPad. So, for instance, if you're in the bedroom you can turn on the shower from your bed and you can fill your bath the same way," says Paula Coen, director of marketing for Blu Bathworks.

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