Marley and Dash

Dash the Robot

b8ta is a store filled with cool technology gadgets: drones, electric skateboards, wearables, connected home devices and more. A couple of weeks ago, my daughter and I spent almost an hour in the store. As I tested numerous IoT products and chatted with the friendly staff, she was consumed with just one product. A robot named Dash, which of course, we purchased. Dash is a…

b8ta

b8ta: Retail Designed for Discovery

I recently visited b8ta in Palo Alto, California for the first time. b8ta is a traditional brick-and-mortar retail outlet that lets consumer’s tryout IoT (Internet of Things) products before making a purchase. The store believes that IoT devices are best experienced in-person as opposed to online and I tend to agree. Technology should be hands-on. It’s the reason why thousands of people flock to Maker…

Online criminals are targeting the real estate industry 

Online criminals are targeting the real estate industry. In fact, they consider the industry to be low-hanging fruit. I recently contributed a few best practices on how to protect yourself against wire fraud scams and other cybercrime in the Inman News piece, “Scam steals closing money by hacking agent, escrow email.” Let’s examine the crime a bit more closely. A real estate transaction includes a substantial…

Virtual Reality and other technology trends that will shape Real Estate in 2016

These are exciting times in the real estate technology space. Virtual Reality, connected home devices, beacons, drones and wearables have the potential of reshaping how people buy and sell real estate. With all of this bleeding-edge technology, it can be challenging to differentiate tools that truly enrich users lives and which ones are simply Shiny Objects. I caught up with Matthew Shadbolt, Director of Real…

Netatmo Weather Station

Netatmo Weather Station

I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area two years ago and quickly discovered how significant the temperature varied from community to community. Northern California is comprised of microclimates. I learned the hard way that the weather in San Francisco is completely different than the weather in Santa Cruz, which is completely different than the weather in Marin. Being from New England, I found this…