Archive for March, 2011
The Disney / Pixar film “Up” was a wonderful experience as all animated films are, that stretches the imagination and congers up impossible feats only limited by the computer graphic team’s collective talent. After all how could a house be lifted clean off its foundations by a mass of helium balloons!
Well as is the norm in TV programmes like “Mythbusters” and “How do they do it” the team at a new reality show “How hard can it be?” set about seeing if they could lift a house in real life with helium balloons.
Well it turns out if you take 300 helium filled balloons (2.5 metre high balloons) you can lift a small house (28 m2) right up to 10,000 feet!
Sadly the balloon powered house did not make it to South America and the legendary “Paradise Falls” – it managed a rather shorter one hour flight!
Here is a video of the background and first flight of the balloon house – complete details will be shown on the National Geographic channel sometime soon.
There is no doubt that as the digital revolution takes hold the necessity to get a clear idea of a home’s broadband speed will be as important as the number of bedrooms, bathrooms and if the property has a view.
The first shots to demonstrate the appeal of this issue have been fired in the UK, where the leading real estate website Rightmove.co.uk is apparently about to release data of internet speeds for property on the market. That would have to be a powerful piece of information, something that any house hunter, investor, owner or even tenant would like to know.
At Zoodle we would see this as a logical extension to the rich information we would be keen to share on the sight. Naturally such information is not as yet available. A brief review of some of the NZ teleco’s reveals the performance for a single address – I wonder if they would be willing to share this data wholesale for all properties in a dynamic fashion. For whilst the relevancy would be compelling for today, we would also like to be able to review it from time to time to see if it has improved (and be prompted for any improvements).
Food for thought.
Here are the links to check out your current home or future property:
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