PropTech Insights – WEEK 11, 2017

Our goal is ‘reinventing the future of property’. To support that goal, we share! We have made a selection from various (Dutch and English) news sources, which we find it worthwhile to share this with you. Have fun reading! And sharing = caring..

Researchers develop new solution for independent living: the ‘empathetic’
TU/e will be putting the concept of the ‘empathetic home’ to the test. This is a home environment that ‘empathizes’ with home the ageing resident and thus acts as or supports the voluntary care worker, for example with smart sensors embedded in the walls or floors or solutions of an ecological nature such as an ‘edible wall’ in the senior’s living room. [Read more]

Industrialized delivery systems and the future of real estate
Real-estate developers should accept that business as they have known it is changing. By adopting new construction technologies, they can improve delivery and affordability. Imagine if people could design and develop their dream homes simply by going online to find the solution that best suits their means and lifestyle. [Read more]

How the smart office revolution will transform the way we work
After years of speculation, 2017 appears to be the year when the Internet of Things becomes an ever-present part of our lives. The rise of smart speakers like the Amazon Echo or Google Home and wearables like the Fitbit means that smart objects are making our lives easier. But while there has been plenty of discussion about the smart home, smart technology also has the potential to radically change the workplace. [Read more]

How the IoT and Smart Cities can help meet Sustainable Development Goals
By 2050, more than six billion people worldwide will live in cities, creating sustainability challenges on a huge scale. Many cities are already overcrowded, leading to transport and traffic congestion, and a strain on resources such as water, energy, and safe housing. This is a key challenge for governments worldwide, with Goal 11 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) being to “make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.” I am very much focused on helping governments to tackle these challenges using technology. [Read more]

NASA wants to 3D print habitats with metal extracted from Martian soil
NASA wants to send a manned mission to Mars in the 2030s. In the meantime, the agency is working to cut costs by lightening its payload as much as possible. To that end, scientists are studying the various ways to make goods on Mars rather than carry materials there. “The regolith on any rocky planet is composed of metal oxides,” Kevin Grossman, a UCF graduate student and NASA intern working on the project, told Digital Trends, “and by electrolyzing them, we can essentially convert dirt into pure metal and oxygen.” [Read more]

How PropTech is revolutionising real estate
Why the future of real estate is PropTech. It’s an exciting time to be in real estate right now. Property technology, or PropTech as it’s commonly known, is starting to make its presence felt both in the residential and commercial property sector. And, while it has a long way to go before it reaches the level of disruption FinTech has achieved in financial services, it will usher in big changes over the next few years. Should we, as real estate professionals, be worried? [Read more]