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On a construction site, millions of dollars are invested in site conditions (netting, fall protection, cocoon systems, hole covers, etc.). These are necessary and a must on all jobs, but little is being invested in the employees. The employees are the people who create and prevent the hazards and incidents on the job. The workforce needs more attention. Using technology such as wearables can help make job sites safer. The data collected from such devices can be used to improve conditions for future generations of construction workers.
HoloLens (Microsoft) – This device allows users to overlay and review building plans in 3D. Project managers or supervisors will be able to see how the construction project will go before it even starts. Currently, project managers use the HoloLens on the sidelines and it is considered protective eyewear. The HoloLens has special components such as multiple sensors and advanced optics. In addition, the HoloLens has its own application you can download onto your mobile device. To learn more you can visit HoloLens (Microsoft).
Smart Helmet (DAQRI) – This specific product is focused on making construction helmets more capable for the workers that are wearing them. These helmets are able to display employee’s work instructions right in front of them. Also, these helmets allow workers to visualize their tasks within the specific project they are working on. The helmets are able to make communication easier between workers by recording real-time video. This product is still in development. To learn more, watch this video: Daqri Smart Helmet: Augmented Reality for the Workplace.