Gadget Check: Facebook enters smart glasses market

Construction Dive’s Gadget Test collection focuses on new engineering solutions and their likely apps in the design industry. ​​

Fb is breaking into the intelligent glasses game. The social media big introduced very last week it has partnered with Ray-Ban to generate Ray-Ban Stories.

The glasses, which price tag $299, are capable of capturing and storing photos and video clip, actively playing music and building cellphone calls. The new glasses you should not have digital reality or augmented reality abilities, and are geared mostly to enhancing the wearer’s social media presence and knowledge, but they could have handy implications for jobsite do the job as perfectly.

Ray-Ban Stories appear with two five-megapixel cameras on the front, next to each individual of the lenses, speakers situated on the temple that functionality as open up-air headphones, a touchpad and three microphones. The photos and movies are stored on the glasses until finally the wearer transfers them to a companion smartphone app, in which they can then share them.

The apps for design pros usually are not nonetheless distinct, primarily considering the fact that Fb is just not the very first social media or internet big to launch intelligent glasses. Google attempted in 2013, and Snapchat in 2016, and equally failed to capture on greatly. Snapchat’s Spectacles are in their third technology, supplying the capability to seize and submit movies to the graphic-sharing app. Google Glass is no longer commercially available, and the very last update for the solution released in 2019.

Yet, the glasses’ image-capturing abilities could have apps in the design industry. All through the pandemic, venture owners and contractors didn’t generally have direct accessibility to their jobsites, which from time to time ended up on the other side of the country. 

As a result, contractors like Clark Construction turned to straightforward videoconferencing to get a glimpse at the as-designed jobsite. With superior lights, a powerful signal and a impressive video clip system, stakeholders could get a first rate watch of the jobsite.

At the exact time, BIM technologies have improved, making it possible for various, thoroughly captured photos to be stitched alongside one another to variety a digital tour of a website. 

In the meantime, extra municipalities, which includes New York City, have turned to digital inspections, as a suggests of trying to keep jobsites running when preserving workers and inspectors from publicity to COVID-19. 

Empowering a foreman with the applications to get all those pictures or movies via a wearable could make a big big difference. The question is no matter if they’re price tag efficient and effortless more than enough to use so that design pros will give them a consider.