Monthly Archive:: January 2014

A New Kind of House Tour

Storehouse is a new app that excels at making visual storytelling easy. It’s so easy, in fact, that I’ll stop typing and show it to you right now: Take a brief tour of my house, and find out more...
January 30, 2014

ReConnectEd – National Day of Unplugging – March 7

Re-ConnectEd is a series about responsible ways of using technology and working to diminish the dependence on our devices and striving to make connections. CRT will look at what members, brokers, associations and people outside of real estate are...
January 27, 2014

You Wouldn’t Download a House, Would You?

You would if the director of the Center for Rapid Automated Fabrication Technologies (CRAFT) at USC, Dr. Behrokh Khoshnevis has his way, because his “Contour Crafting” system uses 3-D printing technology to reduce the time and cost that it...
January 24, 2014

Re-ConnectEd – A New CRT Series Dealing with our ‘Always On’ Life

This past week at Inman Connect, I was fortunate to be part of some interesting conversations about the impact of smart devices on modern relationships. Plus, Arianna Huffington’s keynote focused on how leadership and success come from slowing down...
January 22, 2014

iOS7 Is About to Get a Little Less Flat

If you’re an iOS7 user, you’ve noticed something very different from the previous look and feel of iOS: gone are the icons and apps that looked like their “real-world” counterparts. The Notes app no longer looks like a pad...
January 21, 2014

The Iterative Smart Home is Here

Smart devices have really taken off over the last couple of years and this is going to be a huge year for them in real estate. At CRT, we are focused on where these are going but we’re not...
January 16, 2014

OpenStack and the WWC (World Wide Cloud)

One of my technological passions is cloud-based computer architecture and its open source implementations.  Hands down, my favorite open source solution is OpenStack. Initially created through the collaborative efforts of NASA and Rackspace, it now relies on the contribution...
January 14, 2014

Nest Learning Thermostat

Living in an older house, finding a comfortable temperature isn’t always easy. Constantly changing the temperature was a pain. Just when I’d get comfortable, my wife would be cold. Let me walk over to the thermostat and adjust it....
January 10, 2014

Technology Priorities for the Coming Year

NOTE: Below is a guest post from Rick Davidson, CEO of CENTURY 21 and Chair for the 2014 Emerging Business Issues and Technology Forum. As the Staff Executive for this Forum, I’ll be working with Rick this year and...
January 9, 2014

How’s Your Home’s Health? Find out with CubeSensors

Yesterday, I posted about the Internet of Things and how Stephen Wolfram is cataloguing the IoT devices. Our colleague from the GREEN REsource Council, Amanda Stinton, forwarded on this article from Eco Building Pulse about a ‘fitbit for your...
January 8, 2014