Gadget Check: Facebook enters smart glasses market

Kennith Bogan

Building Dive’s Gadget Verify collection focuses on new technologies items and their probable purposes in the construction market. ​​

Fb is breaking into the good glasses recreation. The social media large introduced last week it has partnered with Ray-Ban to make Ray-Ban Stories.

The eyeglasses, which expense $299, are capable of capturing and storing photographs and video clip, playing new music and producing mobile phone calls. The new eyeglasses don’t have virtual fact or augmented fact abilities, and are geared generally to maximizing the wearer’s social media existence and practical experience, but they could have beneficial implications for jobsite work as very well.

Ray-Ban Tales appear with two 5-megapixel cameras on the entrance, subsequent to every single of the lenses, speakers situated on the temple that purpose as open-air headphones, a touchpad and three microphones. The photos and videos are stored on the glasses till the wearer transfers them to a companion smartphone app, exactly where they can then share them.

The purposes for development execs aren’t yet obvious, especially due to the fact Fb isn’t really the to start with social media or world wide web huge to launch intelligent eyeglasses. Google tried in 2013, and Snapchat in 2016, and equally unsuccessful to capture on greatly. Snapchat’s Spectacles are in their 3rd generation, featuring the capacity to capture and put up video clips to the picture-sharing application. Google Glass is no extended commercially offered, and the past update for the item introduced in 2019.

Nevertheless, the glasses’ image-capturing capabilities could have programs in the construction industry. All through the pandemic, task homeowners and contractors failed to usually have immediate entry to their jobsites, which occasionally ended up on the other facet of the region. 

As a consequence, contractors like Clark Construction turned to straightforward videoconferencing to get a glimpse at the as-created jobsite. With fantastic lighting, a strong sign and a highly effective online video platform, stakeholders could get a good view of the jobsite.

At the very same time, BIM technologies have improved, enabling multiple, meticulously captured pictures to be stitched alongside one another to type a digital tour of a internet site. 

In the meantime, extra municipalities, which include New York Town, have turned to virtual inspections, as a suggests of trying to keep jobsites operating even though protecting workers and inspectors from exposure to COVID-19. 

Empowering a foreman with the tools to consider all those photos or video clips via a wearable could make a large difference. The issue is no matter whether they’re value successful and easy ample to use so that construction pros will give them a attempt.

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