Wearable technology is a trend that is revolutionizing the construction industry. Crews equipped with smart hats, smart glasses and other innovative technology can experience greater safety on the job site and increase their productivity. Fortunately, wearable technology companies recognize how much their products can benefit the construction industry and have developed many tools that can advance the construction industry. Below are some of the most popular wearable technology trends in the construction industry that can benefit your business.
1. Smart Helmets
If you’re like most people, smart helmets are probably one of the first things that comes to your mind when you think about wearable technology. Smart helmets have been around for a long time, however companies like DAQRI have decided to drastically raise the bar with their product.
The DAQRI smart helmet gives workers the ability to see important instructions and information right in front of their eyes on its visor. This can conveniently shorten the learning curve for crew members or employees who need access to additional information to complete a project on site. They can get the information they need, when they need it on the field. The DAQRI smart helmet also features 360° cameras, thermal imaging, HD video recording and 3D mapping due to augmented reality. It can also help you easily file and organize construction records and share information with other workers.
2. Myo Gesture Control Armband
The Myo Gesture Control Armband gives workers the ability to control electronic devices with just a flick of their arm. The armband weighs just 93 grams and resembles a normal bracelet, but it packs quite the punch! The bracelet’s muscle and motion sensors can read hand movements and communicate with other technological devices via Bluetooth® Smart Wireless Technology.
Although the Myo Gesture Control Armband wasn’t originally created for construction workers, there are many benefits to investing in the technology. The wearable technology can sync with drones and other types of equipment. It’s also compatible with iOS, MAC, Android and Windows Operating Systems. When used with smart glasses, the Myo Gesture Control Armband allows workers to boost their efficiency by operating lots of tools at once without having to fumble with different controls.
3. Exoskeleton Suits
Exoskeleton suits will definitely make your workers feel like Ironman! Previous generations of exoskeleton suits were heavy and needed constant access to a power source. Now the technology has improved and the suits are much lighter and more durable.
Exoskeleton suits give workers the power and leverage they need to lift heavy objects with only a fraction of the effort they would have previously needed. This type of wearable technology can prevent common physical injuries, like back and leg strains, due to heavy lifting. Ekso Bionics is a popular brand that develops exoskeleton suits for the military and construction companies.
4. Smart Glasses
Finally, smart glasses are one of the most popular wearable technology products on the market. XOEye smart glasses connect to the internet and use augmented reality to perform many different functions. Workers can easily communicate with each other about the projects they are working on when they are wearing the glasses. Foremen can also use the product to keep an eye on workers and see where they are at all times.
Overall, wearable technology is a smart investment. Thanks to the growing Internet of Things, wearable technology can give your company the edge it needs to stay competitive. Smart gadgets can improve workplace safety, increase business efficiency and improve your botto line. As a business owner it’s important to continually find new ways your company can remain relevant and take advantage of booming technological trends in the construction industry.