Tech Trends 2017: A New Webinar from CRT Labs for REALTORS®

Looking for an in-depth look at the Smart Home trends of 2017? Look no further than this new webinar!

Join our User Experience Designer, Joe Sullivan, as he talks about six product categories making waves this year. Joe has a lot of great information on current smart devices, including a look at what each product does, the benefits of incorporating them into your current lifestyle, and some questions buyers and sellers may have about homes with smart home fixtures. Joe also goes over some tips for REALTORS® when working with smart home tech during the listing process. The webinar covers three security and three lifestyle smart home product families – smart locks, smart security cameras, smart doorbells, smart lights, smart thermostats, and smart air quality monitors. If you’re interested in this webinar, head on over to the product page at the REALTOR® Store and check it out! And let us know what other topics you’d like to see covered in webinars – we’re always excited to help our members learn more about technology and its impact on real estate.

 

CRT Labs Speaks this Spring!

One of our favorite things to do at CRT Labs is get out of the lab and talk to people about the projects we’re working on. This spring, we’re showing up at a variety of events, and hope to see as many tech enthusiasts as we can in the coming months. If you’re at one of these conferences or other speaking events, please feel free to come up, say hi, and maybe even pick up some CRT Labs material!

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March:
14 – Dave is speaking at TechEdge in Pembroke, MA. He’ll be discussing CRT Labs, the Internet of Things, and its impact for REALTORS®.
14 – Chad is at the WCR Region 6 meeting in Hanover, MD, discussing the new projects that CRT Labs is working on.
17-20 – Adrienne and Donna will be at NAR’s AE Institute in Denver, CO. They’ll be handing out some new resources to help educate REALTORS® on smart home products, as well as talking about the work CRT Labs is doing in the smart home, community, and city areas.
23-24 – Chris is at the Erlang Factory conference in San Francisco, CA. He’ll be talking about his work on Rosetta Home, our open source home automation software project.
24 – Chad will be in Rosemont, IL speaking to COVE about the Internet of Things.
30 – Dave will be in Kansas City, KS, talking at the KCRAR ReCharge Event about Getting Smart about Smart Homes.

April:
6 – Chris will be at the TechEdge in Billings, MT to discuss CRT Labs, the Internet of Things, and its impact for REALTORS®.
13 – Mark is speaking at the Naples Board of REALTORS® about technology initiatives at NAR.
19-21 – Dave will be at RAMCON here in Chicago to speak about blockchain and real estate.
20 – Chad will be speaking at Rock-Green REALTORS in Janesville, WI about smart home technology.
24-25 – Joe will be at the Ohio Association of REALTORS® Spring Meetings to talk about smart homes and the Internet of Things
24-26 – Chad and Dave will be at the RESO Spring Convention in Austin, TX, where Chad will be talking about virtual reality, augmented reality, and artificial intelligence and Dave will be talking about practical applications of blockchain.
25 – Donna is in San Jose, CA, for TechEdge, speaking about the Internet of Things for REALTORS®.
26 – Adrienne will be speaking to the Chicago Association of REALTORS® YPN group about smart home trends for 2017.
28 – Mark will join the MetroTex Association of REALTORS® for their spring industry meeting to talk about the impact of smart home technology.

May:
7 – Joe is heading to the TechEdge in Tulsa, OK, to speak about the Internet of Things
15-20 – The crew heads to the Midyear Meetings and Trade Expo, where we’ll be speaking and meeting with people to talk about what the labs are up to.

Join us at one of these many events, and if you’d like to request a speaker for your own group, please contact us and we’ll work together to arrange a speaking event. See you all this spring!

#014-Things Thursday: Bad bear, wifi parking, and more

An overhead shot of intersecting streets in a dense urban environment at night.

Strides are being made in urban connectivity, but toys are causing IoT nightmares. Do we need internet enabled teddy bears? Also, a major manufacturer is entering the air quality market.

  1. Acer is making an air quality monitor (via Engadget)
    Acer is known for laptops but now seem to be entering the smart home market with an air quality sensor. The device isn’t out yet, but will hit the market this summer. They’ll be looking for carbon dioxide, volatile organic compounds, particulate matter (pm2.5 – fine dust and pm10 – pollen), temperature and humidity. Sounds intriguing. No word on pricing.
  2. Smart Road to Parked Car: Talk to Me (via IEEE Spectrum)
    As we add more smart cars and smart city infrastructure, how do we make sure the network connected devices stay connected? Well, there’s a group at Carnagie Mellon looking at how to do this using parked cars. Check it out.
  3. Light up your house for less with our illuminating guide to LED bulbs (via DigitalTrends)
    A really nice explainer on LEDs and how to compare watts and lumens as well as many other factors that go into choosing. Also, do you need smart bulbs? Find out in this great piece.
  4. Electronic teddy bears the latest target for hackers (via ReadWrite)
    Another year, another internet enabled toy hacked. Come on guys. Seriously. To quote the article, ‘Just because you can connect something, doesn’t mean you should.’ Either beef up your security or don’t connect it.

That’s all for Things Thursday this week. Have questions? Want us to cover something? Let us know. You can follow us on Twitter @crtlabs or Facebook.