By Construction Tech Review | Monday, February 25, 2019
FREMONT, CA: Although it is true that wearables is only a consumer good but is gradually seeping into the professional sphere, and is providing the construction industry with many benefits.
Read on to find how wearable technology can become a massive player in the construction territory, providing benefits for safety, communication, and productivity.
1. Smart Helmets: These are among the essentials on a construction site. A California-based company, Daqri has developed an updated version of the standard hardhat that takes advantage of modern technology. It includes a clear visor that displays 3D visual overlays in the wearer’s field of vision. The advanced features of smart helmets include augmented work instructions and direct communication to remote workers.
2. Bionic Suits: Health and safety issues arise on the construction site as the workers are expected to do arduous physical labor, causing long-term problems. To combat this issue, bionic suits provide the ability to pick and operate heavy machinery. These suits can make a positive impact concerning health and safety, contributes greater efficiencies and productivity on job sites. The future bionic suits designs will be tailored to specific types of equipment and will increase in strength.
3. Smart Vests: Safety vest is updated through location-enabling and tracking capabilities. The functions include worker’s activities, distance walked, and temperature and hours worked. With GPS integration, hazard areas can be defined which can alert the workers not to enter that zone. Call buttons are also present, and workers can be informed of the specific location of their injured colleague. These smart safety vests provide a handy tool for tracking productivity, efficiency, safety and allow construction companies the ability to increase real-time visibility of each worker.
4. Smart glasses: These glasses are best suited for smaller companies who are wishing to adopt the latest technologies; smart helmets, vests and bionic suits are comparatively expensive. Smart glass wearers can control what they see on their lens by rolling eyes in a specific direction. Wearers can also access plans, instructions, and layouts at the moment itself. The device also can record pictures, videos and voice commands that are integrated with mobile apps.