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The Airdog ADII is a follow-drone that kicks butts and takes names

(TECHNOLOGY NEWS) As drones become more and more popular in corporate settings, the Airdog ADII is sure to make waves.

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Gaining the edge

With every real estate listing, the challenge is not only getting someone to notice, but to get them from, “you had my curiosity” to “but now you have my attention.” So how do you give yourself a competitive edge to stand out among the rest?

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By getting consumers to spend more time looking at the property. And how do you do this? Give them more to look at, and make it epic.

Show, don’t tell

Drone photography is becoming increasingly commonplace in the real estate biz. Most notably due to their ability to capture dramatic, sweeping, establishing shots of a property, highlighting the grandeur and its surrounding location from a bird’s eye view.

Airdog ADII is the latest drone-tech offering an intelligent, hands-free, all-terrain camera that follows you in action anywhere.

With a hands-free device that allows you to enable a “follow-mode,” you can create much more immersive and engaging video tours, emphasizing features of the property with an interesting and unique perspective.

Airdog ADII

The second-gen Airdog is very similar in appearance to its predecessor, but instead of the yellow accents, they have been replaced with a less-conspicuous, more muted grey. The ADII can be folded to be more compact for easier transportation and storage, but combined with its new paint job, the drone is reminiscent of a Decepticon.

Though this one won’t require the constant supply of energon cubes, so I don’t think you need to worry about this one going rogue on you.

The ADII eliminates the need for manned operation, and so this gives you much more active freedom while also keeping preferred content within frame.

The “hands-free” part of the craft is what Airdog calls AirLeash, a GPS armband that allows you to initiate takeoff and make in-flight adjustments at the touch of a button.

In regards to the all-terrain features, maker, Agris Kapur explains what an all-terrain drone is: “Drones that rely on computer vision or GPS alone can not do a good job following in varying terrain, lacks precision. The ADII fuses data from barometric air pressure sensors, accelerometers and GPS.”

He also adds, that the “distance sensor is another essential piece of technology to make something work in varying terrain conditions.

It runs real time analysis of actual distance above the ground relative to pre-set distance above the subject being tracked. Terrain under the drone might be very different than the terrain you are on.”

That being said, this means that with the waterproof, weather resistant construction, you’ll be able to capture winter wonderland properties in Minnesota, and the sunny villas through the sea spray and winds of Hawaii.

Small caveat

In order to use a fly a camera drone for real estate marketing, you will need an FAA UAV operator’s certificate. I’d also recommend checking out NAR’s Field Guide to Drones and Real Estate if this is something that’s on your radar for consideration.

There are a wide variety of camera drones out there, and the original Airdog won top dog in the list of best follow-mode drones of 2017.

Personally I think the hands-free model of the ADII is pretty cool since it allows you to showcase a property without fumbling with a remote, and will also allow the drone to follow you around for a more immersive virtual tour.

I will say that this may not be the best investment for small properties or apartments as the drone will have limited mobility and may create more problems than it’s worth, but this is definitely a fun tool worth considering if you’re looking to take your marketing game to the next level.

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Ashe Segovia is a Staff Writer at The American Genius with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Southwestern University. A huge film nerd with a passion for acting and 80's movies and synthpop; the pop-cultural references are never-ending.

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Camera that spins, zooms on its own – perfect for remote working

(TECHNOLOGY) Video conferencing tool, Meeting Owl Pro, helps bridge the communication gap in remote teams with a camera that spins and zooms on who is speaking

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As someone who has spent the bulk of their career in a remote setting, I’ve definitely noticed some elements of communication that differ from an on-site job. Rather than being able to pop into your boss or coworker’s offices, you have to shoot them an email or try and catch them on their phone.

Enter the COVID-19 times…

Remote work can get even more complicated when the whole team is remote and you’re attempting to get everyone on the same page. Or, think about when you’re working remote and you have to video conference into a meeting with people who are on site. Even with video conference chatting, there can still be some kinks in trying to follow the voices and stay on top of who’s speaking.

Luckily, Owl Labs took this issue into consideration and whipped up Meeting Owl Pro and Meeting Owl First-Gen, which are the only 360° camera, mic, speaker smart devices on the market today. This is ideal for teams who have both an on-site and remote team collaborating together (or will again soon).

The Owl sits in the middle of the on-site table and moves in a complete 360° manner that picks up who is speaking and moves the camera to focus on them. That way, the people who are calling in remotely can clearly see who is speaking and follow the meeting as if they’re actually in the room.

Both versions of Meeting Owl are compatible with the big video conferencing platforms, such as: Zoom, Google, Skype, etc. They operate as plug and play devices that connect to Wi-Fi, which allows for automatic updates.

According to the tech team, the specifications of the Meeting Owl Pro 360° smart camera has an enhanced Owl Intelligence System™, 2X sharper camera with 1080p resolution and 2X louder 360° in-room speaker. With the Meeting Owl Pro, customers can expect their meeting spaces to become increasingly intelligent over time with new smart integrations and capabilities, the first of those features being a new Smart Zooming functionality that identifies, locates, and magnifies the person speaking.

This will help to bridge common communication barriers that are felt between on-site collaboration with remote teams. Additionally, it will help with team-building as everyone will have more of an opportunity to spend face-to-face time with their coworkers who work remote from them.

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AI being used to better understand the COVID-19 pandemic

(REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY) The intersection of the coronavirus and AI is here and it’s trying to making the world a better place. AI can read and collect data faster than humans.

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As the world scrambles to figure out the best way to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus and halt the ongoing pandemic, researchers are searching for a cure. In order to do so, it is beneficial to track patterns in the virus’s behavior.

Since the virus’s initial spread in December, thousands of papers have been written about the Coronavirus, or COVID-19. It would take weeks, if not months, for a person to collate all that information into some valuable data. This is where AI comes in to help.

Earlier this week the White House announced that they were working in collaboration with tech companies and members of academia to provide the huge amount of Coronavirus research to AI researchers and their algorithms.

The AI will be able to comb through all of the research we have to-date and search for patterns that could help those in the research field to find a cure and those in the medical field to better treat their patients. According to Wired, companies and institutions such as the National Library of Medicine, Microsoft Research, and the Allen Institute for AI (AI2) are currently working to gather and prepare the nearly 30,000 papers related to the virus so they can be processed by AI.

Hopefully, the AI’s algorithms are able to see something we cannot. It could find new connections that researchers have not been able to make and speed up the process.

The CEO of AI2, Oren Etzioni, is hopeful that this project will show people the brighter side of AI. “High tech, in general, has gotten a bad rap, but something like this crisis shows how AI can potentially do a world of good.”

There is no question that AI can help us find some answers as we face this pandemic. Whether or not this can all be arranged quickly enough to actually help mitigate the current crisis is the question. Some are wondering if U.S. resources would be put to better use by helping to address the shortage of Coronavirus test kits.

Experts are imploring people to think of the big picture. The issue of open access to medical and scientific research has been a topic of conversation among researchers for years. The pandemic has only highlighted the need. Now governments across the globe are calling on scientific publishers to open access for research on the Coronavirus so we can all work together in this time of global crisis.

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How telecom, power companies are helping customers during COVID-19 outbreak

(REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY) Telecom and power companies have also tried to help their customers, while the Coronavirus makes its rounds, by extending service.

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According to Fox News, Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, promised to take care of the employees at the American Airline Center during the NBA shutdown. The employees would be paid as if the games were still taking place. Many of the other leagues have made the same promise. Unfortunately, not every employee works for a business with those types of provisions.

Thankfully, many organizations are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic with special accommodations to help residential and commercial customers deal with financial issues and staying home to prevent the spread of the virus.

Companies helping out customers

Comcast is offering 60 days of free basic internet service to new customers. It’s also not disconnecting or charging late fees. Current customers are also being provided with unlimited data. AT&T is offering the same types of things for its users, unlimited data and suspending terminations, as is T-Mobile.

Closer to home, the City of Austin has decided not to disconnect customers’ services for non-payment. Evictions are also halted. Austin Energy is reconnecting users who were recently disconnected for non-payment. The company is working with customers to help them get on track with their electric bills.

Customers without power do need to reach out to Austin Energy for a courtesy reconnect, because the bill cannot be restarted without speaking to the customer. The Public Utility Commission has asked all Texas power companies to work with customers during these uncertain times. TXU Energy has also waived late fees and is extending payment due dates.

Contact your utility providers

If your finances are being affected due to COVID-19, talk to your landlord and other providers now to work out a plan going forward. You’ll have less stress when you know you won’t lose your power, water or home. Companies are willing to work with families who have been impacted by the pandemic.

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