Tech Talk: Bionic Eyes in Boston, Self-Driving Cars on a New Level, A VR Mask for Your Nose, & More

Listen to This

Check out this week’s construction tech news with myself, Rob McKinney and Josh Bone, and our interview with special guest Zach Scheel, CEO of Rhumbix.

Tech to Try

DJI Phantom 4

The DJI Phantom 4 is a fantastic option for construction companies. It is extremely user-friendly and easy to fly with numerous safety modes, collision avoidance, and electronic tethering. It also offers amazing photo quality and can operate in sport mode reaching up to 45 mph. Get it here!

Notable New Tech

Bionic Eyes in Boston

Keolis Commuter Services, a leading provider of passenger transportation services throughout the U.S. and Canada, will begin providing field mechanics with AR smart glasses to improve communication with technicians at the main maintenance facility. The goal, as with any new technology, is to increase efficiency and cut costs. Learn more.

Self-Driving Cars Are on a New Level

Significant hype has surrounded the progress being made in the self-driving car industry, and a novice can be left in the dark when it comes to terminology. To keep everyone on the same page, there are guidelines regarding the level system that have been set in place by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and SAE (formerly the Society of Automotive Engineers). Learn more.

A VR Mask for Your Nose

Ad agency, Buzzman, recently unveiled a product that had many thinking it must be a hoax. They have created a VR mask that infuses the nasal passages with odor, to further immerse the user into a video game experience. It’s first use? To emit fart smells for the South Park: The Fractured But Whole game. Learn more.

Apps You Should Be Trying Out

Pix4Dcapture

Pix4Dcapture turns consumer drones (such as the DJI Phantom 4) into a professional mapping tool. Users can select a flight plan and capture image data that is ready for creating georeferenced maps and models in Pix4D desktop software. Download it here!

“The future is always beginning now.” – Mark Strand

 

Where I’ve Been

I hosted a live episode of the ConTechTrio Podcast from the AGC IT Forum in Chicago, Illinois on August 5th.

Where I’ll Be

On September 9th, I will be presenting on “Future Forecast: How Drones, Sensors and Integrated Apps are Rewriting all the Rules” in Austin, Texas.

Check This Out!

Rob McKinney, our ConAppGuru, is another source for construction technology reviews and news. Teach me!

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