In a recent interview for the magazine, the question was raised what 3 disruptive technologies promise the most impact on the construction industry. My response included augmented reality, IoT especially as it relates to data collection and analysis (also opportunities to construct, install and service all the giant data centers), and wearable technology. It is true that wearable tech has not spun off the way people predicted with over 100 million products delivered by the end of 2016. But, year-over-year growth in the last year alone has increased 27% with revenues totaling about $16.3B in 2016. Projections for 2017 will keep pace if not increase even more.
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Certain industries make sense for the wearable applications to thrive and develop broader use. Construction is one of those as you begin to imagine the possibilities of construction garments equipped with wearable tech. Freeing your hands from having to hold your iPhone or personal device to access information on the job increases productivity and safety.
Levi’s will sell the commuter jacket
in stores this fall. Many industrial and construction garment manufacturers are already experimenting with applications of these and other developing wearable tech. Early adopters find success in extending the use of the personal devices especially the iPhone. Larger companies with more resources to invest will be the winners of development and sales of these new wearable applications.
Who knew my 505s would become a leader in applied wearable tech?
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NECA Technology – the Project for Applied and Disruptive Technology,
explores the world of technology and keeps members informed of what's happening today, and of what will be launched in the not too distant future. Dr. Joey Shorter has an extensive background in education and experience in translating the work of academics into understandable, practical ideas.