Wearable technology has expanded dramatically to include smart hats, shoes, glasses, jewelry watches, helmets, and more. These accessories carry embedded actuators, biosensors, and gyroscopes to follow movement heart rate, stress level, and countless other metrics. These smart gadgets are rapidly being adopted into the construction industry to increase workplace safety and improve operational efficiency.
"Historically, the construction industry has been reluctant and slow to adopt new technology. That may no longer be the case according to JB Knowledge’s 2015 Tech Report. The number of construction firms utilizing cloud-based software has more than doubled since 2012. Likewise, many companies are already beginning to adopt some of these wearable tech gadgets. It will be exciting to see just how much of an impact wearable tech makes on worker safety and productivity as more companies begin integrating these devices into their toolkits."
Thomas Appel is an associate attorney at the Appel Law Firm LLP in Walnut Creek, California, focusing on personal injury and workers’ compensation.