Gadgets Archive

Will Wrist Taps Help You Stay Safe?

After some hemming and hawing, I decided to order an Apple Watch. The reasons are several; among them is that as a user experience designer with CRT, I’m both interested in and obligated to learn how new technologies impact...
May 5, 2015

6 days with the Apple Watch Sport

I was one of the lucky few to have my Apple Watch Sport ship for release day, and not for the originally promised mid-May time period. (Getting up at 3am to order a watch can pay off, kids!) I...
April 30, 2015

Wink Hub Outage and Fix

As many readers may know, I have a number of smart home products installed in my house. I’ve written in the past about my Nest Learning Thermostat, but I also have WeMo Light Switches, WeMo Switch & Motion, and a Nest...
April 21, 2015

Using Technology for Real Estate Agent Safety

NOTE: In the wake of the tragic death of REALTOR® Beverly Carter, real estate technology training director and writer, Tara Christianson, wrote the post below on her site, Agent Driven Tech. We want to thank Tara for putting such...
October 2, 2014

goTenna: Keep in Contact When You Have No Cellular Service

Last week, Gizmodo featured a cool set of devices that could come in really handy for REALTORS® or even as a gift to their clients. It’s called the goTenna, and if you pre-order right now, you get 2 for...
July 30, 2014

Five for Wednesday – Lucky 13

In this Five for Wednesday, we’ll press your buttons for Android and look at the iOS8/OSX changes coming, as well as Solar Roadways!!! 1. Pressy – the button for Android is a keychain dongle that can be programmed to...
June 4, 2014

Three Cool Indiegogo Projects You Should Check Out

I’ve been finding some really cool projects on Indiegogo lately and I thought I would share a few with you here. Indiegogo is a crowd-funding site like Kickstarter. People find projects they think are interesting and pledge money at...
May 30, 2014

Start Making Your Home Smarter

Last year my wife and I bought our first house. I love technology so this was my first opportunity to integrate some smart home tech. I’ve previously written about the Nest Learning Thermostat and how much I like mine....
May 15, 2014

The Wirecutter and The Sweethome: Two Places to Find Great Stuff

We’re often asked what ‘the best’ this or that gadget. Because of the amount of innovation and development happening now, it often becomes challenging to answer this without copious research. Within the last year, that has gotten easier thanks...
February 18, 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