I have already introduced you to a couple of really cool gadgets that I believe help to make the everyday life of a modern realtor so much easier. In the second part of this tech series I would like to introduce you to some fresh, mind blowing inventions, that will take your performance a step further. Let this article take you even further into the fascinating world of gadgets that will make your work as a realtor so much more awesome and fun! I hope you'll enjoy the article and please let me know if you know about any other cool gadgets I forgot to mention.
I am very excited about this first gadget. The minute I have seen it on the Kickstarter, I knew exactly how I could use it as a realtor. The project has been successfully funded on December 20 and now we're waiting for the first pieces to roll out. You can also pre-order it on the Snapjet website for when their mass production kicks in.
SnapJet is the world's first slim, portable, open-source instant film printer. From the brothers with biblical names, Ismail and Isaac Degani, comes an innovation of biblical proportions.
The best thing about SnapJet is its simplicity. All you need to do is put your phone on top, press one button and you get a flawless photo. It doesn't need any apps, wires or Bluetooth to function.We wanted something that pushed the limits of what's possible with instant film,
says Isaac Degani, Co-Founder of SnapJet.
Imagine the possibilities for the realtors. Does your client want to take a picture of some property? You can actually offer to print it out for him. Talk about making good impression! Plus, the photos look just amazing and very artistic, so every property will get a chance to shine. Moreover, you can print custom business cards right on the spot. Include clients name, next meeting schedule, or your new number you just changed an hour ago, it can be a real life-saver.
It's like a tiny photocopy machine you can bring anywhere. With SnapJet the possibilities are endless. If you can see it, you can print it,
says Ismail Degani, Co-Founder of SnapJet.
SnapJet prints on Fuji, Instax or Polaroid 300 film and its innovative design can support ANY smart phone. It's small, light, hence highly portable, and a lot of fun, and I think the starting price of $129 is very reasonable.
I'm a very active person, however I know that being a realtor can be very challenging for your daily workout routine. That's why I've decided to include one of the most advanced activity tracker out there!
UP3 is packed with state-of-the-art sensors that give you the full picture of your health for $179.99. Frankie, a devoted gym enthusiast from Vancouver tells me that there is a lot more into wearing the activity tracker that just fitness exercises monitoring:
I not only use it when I work out. I would definitely recommend it to people who want to monitor their sleep patterns, their heart health and a lot more. I enjoy the fact that the most advanced trackers like the UP3 are so inconspicuous, even your close friends won't notice that you're wearing one. Most people simply think that you're wearing a regular bracelet.
The UP3 gets smarter the more you work out. It learns and automatically logs all your activities from running to an occasional basketball game over the weekend. How cool is that! No need to manually enter every activity you're doing. It's just amazing. It will also give you a detailed picture of your calorie burn progress.
UP3 uses advanced sensors to track your sleep pattern, and recognizes the REM, Light and Deep phases of your sleep. The Smart Coach part of the UP programme, you can find in the app that works along the bracelet and then gives you advice on how to improve your sleeping patterns and the overall quality of your rest.
The bracelet is also automatically able to track heartbeats per minute and your resting heart rate, helping you to take care of your heart. The life of the battery is incredible 7 days, and the bracelet is naturally water-proof up to 10 meters in depth.
The motto of the company, "If you'd miss it, Tile it" characterizes their product perfectly. Tile is literally a small tile that you can attach to anything that you don't want to lose. The price is actually very reasonable, $25 per tile. You don't need to pay anything extra to pay for the use of the app. As Mike Farley, the Co-Founder and CEO wrote,
Life's little inconveniences add up: the average person misplaces upwards of 3,000 items a year, and then spends another 60 hours a year searching for them. All told, our misplaced stuff adds up to billions of dollars annually.
When you attach a Tile (a small white square, approximately 3x3cm) to an item, it is capable of casting a Bluetooth signal up to 100 feet away so your search for the lost keys or wallet or laptop is going to get much much easier. Sometimes we really need to find the phone fast to be able to respond to the client and this is the ideal way how to manage just that. Also, no more lost keys from the houses where we are meeting the clients in 15 minutes. (Unless, of course, we have left them back in the office, 30 minutes across the town!) The Tile team explains the GPS location properties of the Tile:
While Tile doesn't have GPS real-time location information, the app does automatically record the last place your phone saw your Tile. Because if you have to retrace your steps, it's good to know where to start walking.
The app supports up to 8 tiles, and you can check the tiles from other phone with the app as well, so if you lose your phone with the tile on it, it's also recoverable. When you begin searching for a lost item, your phone tracks the Bluetooth signal strength of your Tile. As you get closer, the app's tracking circle fills in, giving you a clear indication of your progress. As the Bluetooth signal draws you closer, Tile's distinctive melody will play until your lost item is back in safe hands.
If you want the ultimate and reliable backup power, for emergency use or as an everyday extra power source, you can definitely rely on Upp.
Upp is a Hydrogen Micro Generator and reusable Fuel Cartridge. Via simple, single-button operation, Upp will power and charge your USB compatible devices. One Fuel Cartridge will allow you to charge your phone approximately five times. Upp is approved for carriage in aircraft, so even if you fly a lot, you won't have bringing it with you.
The only drawback is that so far, the exchange places network is only spread across UK. However I believe that it will spread to US and Canada very soon and that the system will be widely available.
says Christopher, the student from University of Toronto, who is writing a business analysis on the fuel cell options on the market.
Each cartridge has a lifespan of 9 years so it's always ready in an emergency. Upp is a not a battery, but a full-fledged fuel cell. If you have a need to get away from a grid or you're just not sure that you'll make it back in time but you want to keep your devices charged, just take another spare cartridge.
Talking about all things power, I've found an ideal companion for every realtor who has ever needed to jumpstart his/her car and there was no other car around to help with it. With a starting current of 200A and 400A peak current, the Cobra JumPack has enough power to jump start most cars multiple times on a single charge. You can find a JumPack for $129.95 which is a little price to pay for a certainty that you're not going to get stuck somewhere in the middle of nowhere after you've successfully sold a cabin!
This compact portable power pack also contains a 7,500 mAh battery with a 2.1 Amp USB output to rapidly charge any mobile device from smart phones to tablets to digital cameras, making it the ideal emergency battery pack for you. Jane Christens, a former realtor told me about her experience and provided advice on this gadget:
Mixing the two usages makes one of them always a bit less effective. I prefer to use it just to jump start my car and have it always ready for action. The Cobra JumPack has a built-in LED flashlight which is so thoughtful. It is clear that the makers of this little gadget have been in the situation where they needed to jump start their car before.
The package also includes jumper cables and two different charging methods. You can either use a simple wall charger for home or a 12V charger to charge your battery pack on the go. I prefer to charge it right after I used it, so I won't have to worry about remembering it later.
So whether you need to jump start your car, motorcycle, boat or snow mobile the Cobra JumPack has you covered all the way.
Cordies is one of the simplest, yet ingenious gadgets I've ever seen. This little quirky invention from Quirky, smarter home solutions is ideal for any office! Cordies keeps unruly cables and wires (and we all know they are ALWAYS unruly) organized and weighted down on your desk, preventing disconnection. This compact and helpful contraption includes five rubber grips with four slots, taking care of all those loose ends. A clean desk is a clean mind as they say in Quirky, and I couldn't agree more!
Title Photo by: Jeff Sheldon