New Tech Shaking Up Construction

By April 10, 2019 ConTech

Lately there’s been a number of new tools brought to my attention with big implications for the construction world. With benefits for both office and on-site construction teams, these options can make life a whole lot easier for building owners and occupants.

CAT – S48c Smartphone

I recently learned of a new CAT smartphone that works perfectly within the day-to-day routine of a construction foreman thanks to a blog by Construction Junkie. With some pretty interesting features (and the countless shattered screens I’ve seen from our team), I had to see one of these phones first hand to understand more. While we continue to see the industry adopt more and more communication tools, this loaded option is certainly an interesting one.

The durability is a big claim to fame. When the phone was released last year as the first of its kind, it was designed to be long-lasting, even without a case. The three control buttons at the bottom of the screen are easy to press with gloves or any other obstruction. There is a push-to-talk function as well where communication can be made quick and easy.

The more deluxe version has some really innovative functions like thermal imaging, measuring capabilities by laser, and sensors for VOC and humidity. The component that has lots of people talking is the battery.

ConstructionJunkie explains that, “At 4,000mAh, the battery is one of the biggest on the market, allowing for up to 30 hours of talk time. Even the brand-new Samsung Galaxy S10, which has been lauded for its battery life, only sports a 3,400mAh battery. The Samsung S10+ does offer a 4,100mAh battery, but will take much more power to operate its larger processor and screen.”

With an appearance that doesn’t look that different from a normal smart phone, I can see a number of ways that this would make life a whole lot easier on and off the construction site.

Smart Windows

Another impressive concept I was recently introduced to comes from the New York Times’ coverage of some sophisticated glass technology. The windows discussed actually tint when the sun comes out, eliminating the need for shades.

The Times article explains that “The windows were supplied by View, a company in Milpitas, Calif., that makes “dynamic glass.” When the sun shines, a coating between the double panes of glass will darken, like self-tinting glasses. This reduces glare (which can cause eye strain, headaches and drowsiness) and heat gain (which may require turning up the air-conditioning, thus increasing energy use), while maintaining natural light.”

The future is pretty promising for this technology with all the investment fueling the concept. Eventually, the goal is to have the windows function even smarter to display content and integrate videoconferencing abilities. While the cost may seem higher upfront, the energy savings and lack of need for blinds is encouraging.

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