Design + Architecture

Google Glass apartment-hunting apps we want right now

By Alana Mayman  | May 16, 2014 - 12:59PM

If you've been living under a rock for the last year and are unfamiliar: Google Glass is the new wearable technology everyone's talking about (for a great, funny account of one writer's experience with it, read this New Yorker article).

And now that the gadget has expanded its reach beyond San Francisco, we thought we'd put it straight to work, and came up with a few real estate-centric apps we'd like to see Google add to Glass. If you're going to drop that much money on a pair of glasses, it may as well help you find an apartment.

  1. Bed Bug Vision: An app that allows you to see the creepy crawlies in any apartment you're viewing.
  2. Mold Detector: Similar to the app above, but this time the enemy can be even harder to see.
  3. The Eclipse: An app that allows you to see the natural light (or lack thereof) for any season and any time of day in the apartment you're considering.
  4. Also available: Sound Machine, which does the same for noise (and has an uncanny way of detecting blocks and corners where packs of shouting teenagers tend to congregate).
  5. The Polygraph: For brokers, natch, featuring some sort of algorithm for reading body language (we assume Google's engineers can figure out the details). May also come in handy with the building's super down the line.
  6. Dream Design: This one allows you to see post-renovation possibilities of your fixer-upper, with different settings catering to the tastes of say, minimalists versus flea market junkies.
  7.  The Nosy Neighbor: An app that allows you to look at other apartments in your building and see how much your neighbors pay for rent.
  8. Co-op Decoder: Similar to the app above, but this one includes past grudges of board members, what their hangups are, etc. Necessary for any difficult interview. Also available for potential roommates.

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