Gadget Check: Facebook enters smart glasses market

Nellie R. Ortiz

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Facebook is breaking into the smart eyeglasses activity. The social media large introduced last week it has partnered with Ray-Ban to develop Ray-Ban Stories.

The eyeglasses, which price tag $299, are capable of capturing and storing pictures and movie, participating in music and generating cell phone phone calls. The new eyeglasses don’t have virtual fact or augmented truth capabilities, and are geared primarily to enhancing the wearer’s social media existence and encounter, but they could have helpful implications for jobsite do the job as nicely.

Ray-Ban Stories come with two 5-megapixel cameras on the entrance, future to each of the lenses, speakers located on the temple that perform as open-air headphones, a touchpad and three microphones. The shots and videos are stored on the eyeglasses till the wearer transfers them to a companion smartphone application, the place they can then share them.

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The purposes for construction pros aren’t still very clear, specifically since Fb is not the 1st social media or net giant to launch sensible eyeglasses. Google tried in 2013, and Snapchat in 2016, and both equally unsuccessful to catch on greatly. Snapchat’s Spectacles are in their 3rd generation, providing the capacity to capture and publish movies to the impression-sharing app. Google Glass is no longer commercially out there, and the past update for the merchandise launched in 2019.

Even so, the glasses’ image-capturing abilities could have applications in the development field. In the course of the pandemic, task owners and contractors didn’t always have immediate obtain to their jobsites, which from time to time have been on the other facet of the state. 

As a end result, contractors like Clark Development turned to simple videoconferencing to get a glimpse at the as-constructed jobsite. With great lighting, a solid signal and a effective video platform, stakeholders could get a respectable view of the jobsite.

At the very same time, BIM technologies have improved, allowing multiple, very carefully captured photos to be stitched with each other to type a digital tour of a site. 

Meanwhile, additional municipalities, together with New York Town, have turned to virtual inspections, as a indicates of keeping jobsites functioning whilst guarding employees and inspectors from exposure to COVID-19. 

Empowering a foreman with the equipment to just take people shots or video clips by using a wearable could make a large variance. The question is no matter whether they are price tag productive and easy enough to use so that development execs will give them a test.

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