Take a look at some of the tech goodies brokers can use from the 2017 International Consumer Electronics Show to bring futuristic upgrades and efficiencies to the office. | BY MELISSA DITTMANN TRACEY
Robots, drones, and truly compact data storage are just a few pieces of technology that will take your brokerage up a notch. At the 2017 International CES (#CES2017) — the tech world’s most important event of the year — companies showcased some 20,000 products. Many could one day outfit your real estate brokerage
Here are a few themes that emerged from this year’s show:
Robots: Could the office robot be your future assistant? These robots can do everything — monitor your office, greet your customers, project listing materials, and more.
Voice assistance: Amazon’s Alexa, Alphabet’s Google Assistant, and Apple’s Siri have ushered in an era of using your voice to take control over your electronics. Expect more technology to be voice-powered, which will ease the learning curve by allowing you to just speak your commands.
Mega data storage: Data storage is getting more compact, with tiny flash drives reaching capacities of 1 TB and 2 TB.
Upgraded screens: Wide, curved screens are enhancing the viewing experience on desktop monitors. New products are allowing you to transform your laptop screen into a touch screen with a simple plug-in overlay.
Wearables: This technology could lend a hand to safety for your brokerage. Watches or buttons can help monitor agents’ locations when they’re at showing appointments and send instant alerts whenever they sense danger.
Drones: The technology continues to get more sophisticated, portable, and easier to operate. You can now capture aerial photos and videos of your listing in 4K – even 8K – HD-quality video. Plus, with greater image stabilization features, you can eliminate those jittery movements from flight.
Germ-free tech: Manufacturers are also looking at how to keep your office more sanitized. Here’s a sobering stat: The cellphone is 18 times more dirty than a public restroom toilet handle. While there’s no app for keeping your cellphone clean (at least yet), there are products debuting that can help wipe the germs away.
Take a look at the video to learn more behind the technology debuts. https://youtu.be/bU0-5IyPdGg