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Selfies for a group that are socially distancing are coming soon from Apple

(REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY) Apple receives a timely patent on group selfie software for the age of social distancing. Even if away from friends, you can take a group selfie.

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Content junkies and armchair travelers, rejoice! Apple’s newly granted patent gives you something to celebrate! The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office finally granted Apple’s request for a feature allowing for people to take group selfies even when they are miles apart.

Most people don’t post endless photos only of themselves. People like to see where you are, who you’re with, and what you are doing. However, with many people still in lockdown mode as COVID-19 is spiking anew in several places, many of us are at home, by ourselves or with our cohabitants, and–oh, I don’t know–baking bread again, binge-watching something on Hulu, or signing online petitions. The people we follow on social media are also doing something similar.

It’s simply not super stimulating content. I am curious to see how this group selfie software will work. Will it be an app or included in the next iOS software update? Will the photos and videos look pretty realistic, like a pro Photoshop job? Will it look like a green screen scene? How will Apple adjust for distance and perspective? Nobody wants a weird-sized head in these photos.

The host invites friends to take selfies, and the software superimposes the images into the photo. In the sketch for the patent, it looks like video and livestreaming are options, too, so the software would need to work in real time. We can assume it will be a little rough, at least in version 1.0. It still sounds fun. They should put it on the market right now as an app. Do you hear that, Apple? We want it.

It would allow those physically distancing to pretend like they are together. Those socially distant 2020 graduates can take countless photos with their friends after all. Families unable to visit each other can still take a family photo to document this, life in the strangest timeline. Maybe someone wants to get the jump on holiday photos.

Even more importantly, people could take photos with loved ones on the front lines who are quarantining apart from their families, or with loved ones in hospitals. Apple applied for the patent all the way back in 2018, but the function seems more useful than ever now. Love or hate selfies, they are a bonafide thing. Humans crave connection. Documenting our time together is a way to preserve our memories. I’m curious to see what this software can do.

Joleen Jernigan is an ever-curious writer, grammar nerd, and social media strategist with a background in training, education, and educational publishing. A native Texan, Joleen has traveled extensively, worked in six countries, and holds an MA in Teaching English as a Second Language. She lives in Austin and constantly seeks out the best the city has to offer.

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Realtors and agents, take advantage of your proptech

(TECH NEWS) As the pandemic makes proptech even hotter, savvy real estate pros need to know what tech tools can do for their business.

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Realtor outlining a home using Proptech to potential homebuyers.

Real estate industry experts have a message for Realtors and agents: Get with the proptech program.

Yes, the industry reacted to the pandemic-fueled market crash in the spring by jumping on video conferencing platforms and ramping up virtual tours, but there’s a lot more tech that real estate pros could be taking advantage of.

“Videoconferencing technology isn’t new, but we’re slower to adopt technologies than we’d like to admit,” Nick Bailey, chief customer officer for RE/MAX, LLC, said during this week’s 2020 REALTORS® Conference & Expo. “The reason is that we don’t want to see or hear ourselves. We have to get over that and use it.” (Pro tip for Zoom users: If you don’t want to see yourself, use the Hide Myself feature. Then you won’t be distracted by any pandemic weight gain.)

The pandemic has made a couple of things sparkling clear. As panelists in the “COVID-19 – Transforming How Realtors® Do Business” session agreed, technology was a huge driver in the industry’s V-shaped recovery after lockdowns. They also said trends spurred by COVID-19 aren’t going away.

Consumers love the efficiency and flexibility of being able to virtually tour 10 homes and visit only 3 or 4 top candidates. Also, many people will likely be uncomfortable touring houses for quite awhile.

Now the pandemic has helped demonstrate the value of proptech tools for Realtors and agents, who can use them for keeping in touch with clients, as well as for marketing and prospecting.

“If every agent can take away two pieces of technology to be more efficient, it will improve their business,” Bailey said.

Just a sample of the panel’s recommended tools:

It’s remote online notarization (RON) integrated with e-signatures that could be the biggest efficiency game-changer. However, there are few hurdles, which the Texas Land Title Association outlined in April: Many lenders and county clerks will not yet accept documents notarized online; there are a limited number of RON vendors and registered e-notaries; and consumers as well as industry professionals simply don’t understand how it works.

Still, integrating a tech ecosystem to create seamless, fully-digital transactions appears to be where the industry is headed. “Embracing title companies and lenders who have that ability for full electronic signings and closings will be important,” said Andy Ambrose, practice lead at DocuSign Notary.

For all that tech can do to save time and money, panelists agreed that nothing can replace the value of personal relationships for consumers – and for agents.

“For many real estate professionals, the pandemic reminded them about how much they love working with people and not just to sell real estate, but to check on their customers and families,” said Marilyn Wilson, managing partner of WAV Group and president of RETechnology.com.

For Bailey, the proptech surge has one really bright spot: “It has reminded every agent that they are the most important part of the real estate transaction, and that’s not going to change anytime soon.”

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Drones inspired by birds

(REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY) Newly developed drones incorporate a flapping X-wing design that allow them to fly, thrust, and maneuver much like a bird.

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The next generation of drones will master the art and aerodynamics of flight with actual wings! This complex engineering feat adds both stability and an unforeseen agility to drones, which means they will be more useful than ever before.

Darting, flapping, swooping, hovering, and soaring are a few of the improved capabilities these cross-wing ornithopters have, making them far superior to the often wobblier, stiffer versions on the market now. The creators of the ornithopters used reverse engineering based on detailed observation and study of how birds move to create a winged version of the flying robot drones.

Instead of the propellers and fixed-wings used in conventional drones, these new drones flap their wings and raise their tails in order to create a forward thrust, similar to how birds and insects fly. The X-wing designs make these flying robots better at maneuvering tight spaces, giving them greater control at varying speeds.

How exactly does the X-wing design excel where other flapping-wing designs have failed? The inventors form a team of researchers from Singapore, Australia, China, and Taiwan. In a recent Science Robotics magazine article, they explain:

“One difference is that our ornithopters make use of the “clap and fling” effect. The two pairs of wings flap such that they meet, like hands clapping. This makes enough extra thrust to lift their body weight when hovering.”

The ornithopters have control over nose and tail as well, and can quickly change from moving horizontally to moving vertically. They also use up to 40% less energy to run, and can be flown like a regular plane, or hover like an existing drone in order to conserve even more energy. Because of the greater control and increased capabilities of these drones, they also have more uses including being safe enough to fly inside.

One of the researchers responsible for creating this ornithopter, Lau Gih-Keong, an associate professor in mechanical engineering at Taiwan’s National Chiao Tung University, spoke to CNN about specific future uses of these flying machines. The new drones can be used to maneuver in and out of nearly inaccessible, tight spaces. For example, they can easily fly in and out of a ventilation duct, where regular inspections are difficult but essential to system upkeep.

If you want to see how these next gen drones work, The Conversation published three videos of these marvels in motion. They look small, about the size of a hummingbird or even a large, flying insect. One can only imagine their potential after seeing how agile they are. In that same article, the researchers have said they will continue to refine and develop these and newer drones, based on the evolution of birds.

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Is Clubhouse the next big thing for entrepreneurs? [INTERVIEW]

(REAL ESTATE TECH NEWS) A conversation with social media mogul Dan Flyshman on how you can leverage Clubhouse as an entrepreneur.

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If you’re an entrepreneur, creative, or social media enthusiast, chances are you’ve heard of the new live-audio chat app Clubhouse that’s exploded during quarantine.

I sat down with Dan Fleyshman – a philanthropist, social media mogul, serial entrepreneur, and the co-founder of the online learning platform for entrepreneurs 100 Million Academy – to discuss his thoughts on Clubhouse. Dan has had extreme success on the app, creating popular rooms such as Money, Investing, Side Hustles, and Building Wealth.

For reference, Dan is the youngest founder to take a company public at 19, and has angel invested in 35 companies. He is also the founder of Elevator Studio, which has spent more on Instagram influencer and celebrity posts than any other company in history. Essentially, this guy knows his stuff – and he thinks Clubhouse will be the #1 app of the year.

Anais, author:

Why do you believe Clubhouse is the next big thing in social media? How have you been using it?

Dan:

There are a few reasons for all the hype about Clubhouse.

  1. It’s exclusive. The app is still “invite only” while it’s in their beta testing.
  2. Movie stars, rappers, beauty executives, comedians, and venture capital executives are spending hours in the rooms. So there’s great networking and learning.
  3. It’s easy to consume since it’s audio. You can jump in and out of rooms to listen to, or participate in conversations ranging from social injustice to raising capital for your startup. So I’m excited to see the evolution of Clubhouse in 2021 and beyond.

A:

What advice would you give to rising entrepreneurs and business owners who want to leverage the app?

D:

Leverage Clubhouse for the network effect. It’s a fast way to grow your network. The reason why it’s so powerful is that people like long-form content. The group of people on Clubhouse are naturally intellectually curious. It’s like a live version of networking. You can find the people that you look up to and listen to them live, ask questions, and interact.

A:

What advice would you give to creatives (i.e. writers, videographers, etc. like myself) who want to leverage the app?

D:

Since Clubhouse is strictly audio based, it feels like an interactive podcast. There’s no chatting, messaging, likes, comments or video capabilities, and they may not ever add those features to keep it hyper-focused on the audio. Creatives need to think of the value they provide and the stories they can tell via audio and approach Clubhouse like that.

A:

What are your rooms like? How can my readers get involved with your rooms? What can they learn?

D:

My rooms have frequently been listed as the top rooms on the social media platform. I feature a fascinating group of speakers from all types of business backgrounds ranging from Ecommerce, VC, social media, authors, makeup brands, consumer products, ad agencies, music artists. Etc. A few include Grant Cardone, Gary Vee, Tai Lopez, and Soulja Boy.

A:

That’s all from me! Do you have anything else you’d like to include?

D:

Clubhouse is extremely addicting. The amount of hours that my friends and colleagues are spending on the app is shockingly high. You need to put some rules in place when hosting a room to maintain control.

My thoughts on Clubhouse etiquette:

  • 30 second intros
  • 60 second questions
  • 120 second answers

Fantastic thoughts from Dan Fleyshman – I’ll definitely utilize his advice next time I’m on the app, and I hope you will too.

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