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Gadget Check: Facebook enters smart glasses market

Development Dive’s Gadget Check out sequence focuses on new technologies items and their likely apps in the building marketplace. ​​

Facebook is breaking into the intelligent glasses activity. The social media big introduced past week it has partnered with Ray-Ban to generate Ray-Ban Tales.

The glasses, which value $299, are able of capturing and storing shots and online video, playing music and building cellular phone calls. The new eyeglasses never have virtual actuality or augmented actuality capabilities, and are geared primarily to maximizing the wearer’s social media presence and experience, but they could have valuable implications for jobsite work as perfectly.

Ray-Ban Tales occur with two 5-megapixel cameras on the front, upcoming to every single of the lenses, speakers located on the temple that perform as open-air headphones, a touchpad and 3 microphones. The pictures and video clips are stored on the eyeglasses until eventually the wearer transfers them to a companion smartphone app, where they can then share them.


The apps for design professionals aren’t yet apparent, specifically considering that Fb is not the to start with social media or net giant to launch clever glasses. Google attempted in 2013, and Snapchat in 2016, and each failed to catch on broadly. Snapchat’s Spectacles are in their third technology, giving the ability to seize and write-up videos to the picture-sharing application. Google Glass is no longer commercially obtainable, and the previous update for the item launched in 2019.

Yet, the glasses’ image-capturing capabilities could have apps in the design industry. In the course of the pandemic, undertaking entrepreneurs and contractors did not always have direct obtain to their jobsites, which sometimes were on the other facet of the country. 

As a outcome, contractors like Clark Design turned to very simple videoconferencing to get a glimpse at the as-built jobsite. With very good lights, a strong signal and a effective movie platform, stakeholders could get a respectable watch of the jobsite.

At the exact same time, BIM systems have improved, allowing many, meticulously captured photos to be stitched jointly to type a digital tour of a web page. 

In the meantime, a lot more municipalities, like New York Town, have turned to virtual inspections, as a usually means of holding jobsites running when safeguarding workers and inspectors from exposure to COVID-19. 

Empowering a foreman with the tools to take people pics or movies by using a wearable could make a massive change. The issue is no matter if they’re price productive and straightforward sufficient to use so that construction pros will give them a try out.