Apple’s special event and the future of property search

Apple’s special event and the future of property search

Apple recently wrapped up its ‘Hey Siri’ event, which was held on September 9th 2015 at the Bill Graham Center in San Francisco. There were a ton of announcements. Now, that the dust has settled, let’s break it down. The event itself was far more cohesive than the WWDC keynote in June, which in terms of Apple, was a train wreck. This time, the segments…

My DJI Phantom 1

The latest scoop on drones and real estate

I caught up with Herb Dierks, CEO at TourFactory, to discuss one of my favorite topics – drones. I’ve been covering this topic for sometime and a lot has changed since I purchased the original DJI Phantom 1: Drone technology has become incredibly sophisticated, many real estate pros have been granted permission by the FAA to fly drones for commercial use and public safety concerns…

Energy Technology Area

The Internet of Annoying Things

I recently took a field trip to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. My colleagues and I spent the afternoon with the applied sciences team touring the facilities of the Energy Technology Area (ETA) and discussing new fangled building technologies, air quality and the Internet of Things. It was truly a fascinating discussion and quite the learning experience. The ETA is funded by the U.S. Department…

Google's Project Sunroof

Project Sunroof: Google’s new project is a perfect fit for the real estate industry

Google’s new tool, Project Sunroof, aims to help homeowners determine if solar panels are a good fit for a home by calculating the roof’s solar potential. The app uses high-resolution Google Earth data to calculate the usable sunlight per year and provides an estimate of the potential energy savings. Simply enter an address and Project Sunroof calculates the number of hours of usable sunlight per…