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Wow…looks like FLIR is “flinally” here for Real Estate Agents / Realtors

Jan 13th, 2014

Having been involved in IT since the early 80s…this thing here is like seriously…. the “holy grail” of technology… a seriously real “meeting of the minds.”

Lets go “Back to the Future” …2009 style…

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Regular readers may recall my post a few weeks back to around about Dec 2009 when I mentioned that Craig, a friend of mine…had invested over USD$70k to import an aerial drone from the USA (radio controlled of course) to see what was “up there” and then…..to make a business out of it, and that he was also considering importing the associated FLIR cam to go with it. (NOTE – part of that USD$70,000 investment was the need/requirement to have a backup unit ….”just in case”)

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Crikey, when it arrived it back then…….it even made the front page of our local paper, the Nelson Mail.

One thing I do definitely recall very vividly about that time, was what the Manufacturers (well I just investigate that sort of thing) advertising brochure / website mentioned….and that was the ability of the drone to show, in real time ( if I remember correctly, after you had invested $$$$substainial USD to the bargain) a “real-time” FLIR image. ( pretty “cutting edge”, even for the late noughties.)

And although initially he had intended to use it to demonstrate…

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….quite fantastically (if you ask me) for the time actually ….images pertinent to real estate…the Chch EQ detracted him for a year or two…whence forth he found the service that he offered “very much in demand.”

Fast forward to the future…and something called “Kickstarter.”

This really is the future, this KickStarter concept thing I feel.

I tweeted this today….

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…because of its “awesome-ness” and what would now seem to be a new found “accessibility” to many. (Check me out as Nelsonian on Twitter to see the site I mentioned)

Folks…it would appear that after quite some years of tracking…we are nearly there…..and for me… Well….

After seeing/tracking this concept a year or so back (ok ok maybe a bit longer than that…but hopefully you get my drift…2008/09 was a while ago….) …I was in the mind….thinking how long something like this would really take to get to ….well….serious taken…fruition / traction….and even more so….especially when considering the monster USD$ price these chaps/folks/ladies were hoping to launch the product at ….at first I was thinking…..are they even on the “same planet?

Huh?

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See here today …in your time and place the cheapest FLIR cam on Amazon….(and I have no idea how good it is…) is priced at….well see the pic for yourself. And the resolution is…ready for it …. 120 x 120 pixels.

To me…its a massive game changer to the “end user”….just like that Microsoft Kinect Cam thing was a while back… think the next bunch of 10-12years are about to show us in the next 5 yrs just exactly what this “tech” can do.

And know what….

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I got a sense of that last night already…and it turns out I’m about 2 – 1/2 months late to the party because folks knew about this in October 2013…now this is what “venture cap” is about surely…..Latest is, a UV paint designed by a Kiwi (yup…sorry about that….but yet again….its another one born in Middle Earth) in the UK, that enables surface like footpaths, and potentially roads to “light themselves” to show patrons the way…and no they don’t rely on the Sun…just UV…so cloudy days are perfectly  fine (pun intended)

Man…what the h*ll is it about these folks that call themselves Kiwis?

Surely…they should just be happy with their lot in the antipodes….why the heck do they try to make such a fuss….?

Well….hey …that’s just the Kiwi spirit…unless I was born different?

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Back to the topic I was meant to start todays post with….

Well it looks like there are two legged, red blood cell, understandable language speaking, excitement chasing, intelligent beings down under after this weeks announcement at CES 2014.

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IMAGE SOURCE – http://techbeat.com/

RAVE MODE ENACTED FOR “REAL SHORT PERIOD”

If I could get $25 for every mention of this product on TV News in 2014 I reckon I could be a millionaire. Lets see?

“REAL SHORT PERIOD” RAVE MODE DE-ACTIVATED RIGHT NOW

No longer will you have to involve the services immediately of a $1000 per visit on-site specialist.

I suspect that (& I’m ready for the haters…) this will really be a game changer for the early adopters…and I reckon you’ve got 3-6mths maybe 9 at tops because after that it may be a $99 item produced in China by then. But as they say…

So to the forward ….embrace this tech…and show your clients that you really are trying to “go overboard” in helping them buy a new property for all the right reasons.

Does it mean you are the “new expert??”

Perhaps the wrong answer is No…but then I personally profess I do not know what the right answer is?

But it means you have definitely taken it to the next level of client involvement and indeed….could be no more happy than to tell your new property buyer….from what I / we can see here on this screen….see Mr Client look here…. I am about to suggest to you here and now….. that you should spend a few extra dollars ….. and based on what this screen shows….invest in a thorough examination of…..well ….what-ever tickles yr fancy I reckon.

From a New Zealand perspective it would be, more than 80% of the time an important decision about weather-tightness…but there could quite easily be other reasons too…and the fact that YOU were the person that first brought this to your clients attention cannot do you no harm…well thats my thought pattern anyway.

NASAs “Rock Star” ISS Commander Hatfield gives NZ an XMAS present…

Dec 23rd, 2013

Well that’s how it felt to us here down-under in NZ.

Watch this and see for yourself. Take special note of the comments at around 5:40 into this video.

And just to remind you who Chris is ….heres his near on 20m viewed David Bowie Space Oddity cover performed on the International Space Station. Hes also the guy who took over 45,000 photos while he was up there…. on Nikon gear.

Time to turn up the volume!

Ok ok…so you only have dialup and can’t bear to wait for the answer…so here goes;

Interviewer: “I’m just indulging for a moment here…because I know when you’ve been in space…it must be very difficult to decide where to go on holiday …..but I was so thrilled…ah…to read that the place you want to go …MOST ON EARTH is….. ”

Cmmdr Hatfield: “the wine country of the South Island….in the North end (Island?) of NZ. It just looks so beautiful…….”

Commander Hatfield I concur! NZ does that to people.

And why was the interviewer so thrilled?

Well you’ll need to watch the video to find out the answer to that.

Heres what www.newzealand.com reported;

New Zealand, Hadfield said in an interview with BBC World News, represented the last landmass that the astronauts viewed before travelling east over the Pacific Ocean. “It’s so beautiful … after you’ve crossed New Zealand you have the long passage across the Pacific so it’s your real last sight of land for what’s going to be – gosh, it takes almost a half an hour to cross the Pacific – so looking at New Zealand, it’s just beautiful,” Hadfield told presenter Lucy Hockings

So just another reason to visit Middle Earth?

Quick, you’ve only got a few hours to take a photo….

June 23rd 2013

(aka Most Important Week for RE Photography in NZ?)

Yes it is because its the week that includes the shortest day, last Friday here down-under in New Zealand.

Why that is important is because it is also the time when the sun is at its most northerly, and lowest of the whole year.

And why is that important you ask;

for that day in the future when you want to move / sell and can display 100% accurately to any potential buyer … the photos of your property / residence depicting where and when the sun exactly hits the home on these cooler mornings / days.

If you’re not sure what I mean, rather than repeat myself again…check out these past posts on the subject.

Real Estate Photography Tips #2 – Sunshine

Where does the Sun set Wintertime in Nelson?

Shortest Day Photography for Real Estate

The Shortest day in Real Estate Photography

When does NZs Annual Shortest Day Real Estate Photography Competition start

Ironically enough if you are in the Northern hemisphere, then its just as relavant for the opposite reason!