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Monday Morning Tech Geekage

Kevin Boer, Broker Owner, 3 Oceans Real Estate, Inc. ()

March 19th, 2007 · 2 Comments

Do yourself a favor this Monday morning and head on over to Greg’s post over at BlueRoof about some sweet tech toys for Realtors. My personal favorite? Number 2 on his list: the IBM Magic Book which can apparently record your conversations and then search through them using voice recognition technology. A bit big-brother-ish, but highly cool.

And speaking of magic, here’s something I’d like to see: a Realtor magic key embedded into a cell phone. I understand some areas of the country have these, but here in the heart of Silicon Valley we still have to schlepp around that little black box that allows us to open the key box of all homes on the market.

Included on my top ten list of cool new Realtor technology would have to be ComVu’s Pocketcaster, which enables — get ready for this — live, on demand video-podcasting…from your cell phone. The resolution currently offered isn’t great, but when it improves, I can easily see using this to make quick, on the fly virtual tours of homes for buy-side clients. The “live” part (actually, there’s about a 10-second delay) isn’t what really intrigues me — after all, it’s not clear to me that my clients are wacky enough to stay tuned to my ComVu channel 24X7 just to wait for my next breathless broadcast. What I find cool is that PocketCaster auto-uploads and archives my content, so I no longer have to go to the hassle of taking the SD card out of my cell phone, plugging it into my laptop, transferring it to my laptop, then uploading it to a video site.

Geek on.

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jim Lee // Mar 20, 2007 at 6:42 am


    We have the “Realtor magic key” in our area from SUPRA

    I can not only use my TREO 650 as my lockbox key, it’s also replaced my PDA and my pager.

    One device that delivers 4 functions; now that’s useful high tech stuff instead of the “gee whiz” gadgets.

  • 2 Kevin Boer, Realtor, 3 Oceans Real Estate // Mar 20, 2007 at 8:25 am

    Hi Jim,

    That’s pretty cool. I’m always carrying my Smartphone PDA, my camera, and my “Realtor magic key.” Add in my wallet, and all four pockets are full. I’d love to be able to do away with one or more of these devices.

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