A friend of mine, who has a great technical mind, (and happens to have a real estate license), had a interesting idea for a real estate sign. He noted that real estate signs haven't really changed very much in years even though technology has advanced greatly.
Greg, my friend, said "wouldn't it be cool to get a monitor on the curb so interested people could see a photo slide-show and even possibly virtual tours?" I said, yeah, that would be slick! Greg brainstormed it a bit and came back to me with some drawings and a concept. I agreed to fund the construction of a prototype.
Greg built the sign in the photo below and I have the sign planted as a test in front of a home listing of mine. Not only is sign very attractive on the front of the house, it also has more benefits!
Look up at the top, see the angle piece? It is a solar panel. It charges a battery located in the base of the sign. See the monitor? Currently it is a slide-show of photographs from the backside of the home and interesting features inside the home.
Right now Greg is monitoring the battery life to see if the solar panel produces enough energy to keep the battery charged, which keeps the 10 x 10 monitor working.
Future plans include virtual tours on the screen. The technology exists to link the sign to a lender or even to the realtor. Stay tuned for future updates on the "high tech" real estate for sale sign!