Wearable Technology in Construction

Wearable Technology in Construction
If we remember the Jetsons, the high-tech cartoon family of the future, we will remember they had some pretty awesome gadgets. In this 1960’s cartoon, they would make dinner in an instant and could visit the dentist via teleconferencing. Although we still have to go to the dentist, some of the technology the Jetsons had weren’t too far off from what we have today. One technology type, in particular, is wearable technology. Wearable technology is just making its emergence to the market in a big way. Google came out with Google Glass and this is an optical head-mounted display (OHMD). This device looks like a pair of glasses and is voice and touchpad controlled but what you can do with them does beyond what most of us put on to read the morning paper. Google Glass has been stated to have smart-phone like capabilities in a hands-free environment. You sync your smart phone to this device so the display you see can keep you constantly plugged into your email and other notifications. Construction Applications The construction industry is still catching up to the mobile trends, automation tools and other technologies that bring efficiency to the industry. This technology is another avenue that could open up possibilities for growth in construction. Google Glass or similar products could be used in the construction industry for easy documentation. If an inspector is wearing Google Glass, they can take a picture of a problem they see with the device and email it out that same instant. Tasks can become easier and safer with an OHMD device. If these glasses were worn by construction workers, they could be notified to potential injury and notify someone from the device for help or to fix the issue. A sensor could alert someone if the device or person wearing the device were impacted and GPS can pinpoint their location. A task can be made simpler if a display is giving the wearer instructions or tips while they are completing the task. Google Glass and devices like it have the ability to make an impact in the construction industry in the next few years as they gain popularity and more uses for them emerge.