5 Virtual Reality Gadgets for the Construction Pro

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5 Virtual Gadgets Every Builder Must Have

 Our friends at VIATechnik have come up with a very impressive and interesting list of hi-tech gadgets that every member of the AEC community must have. Some of these tools are very useful and will absolutely change the way you are doing business. Visit the following pages for a brief description and images associated with them

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DAQRI Smart Helmet - AEC Hi-Tech Gadgets

DAQRI Smart Helmet. Copyright DAQRI Smart Helmet

The True 4D™ display, your organization can provide intuitive 4D work instructions to your workforce. Workers will understand processes quicker, spend less time on each step, and make fewer errors. 4D work instructions shown step-by-step in the context of the job being done increase efficiency, save money, and provide valuable process improvement analytics. DAQRI Smart Helmet supports HD video recording, photography, 3D mapping, and alphanumeric capture, allowing the Smart Helmet to read and understand signage and instrument data.

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Laser Scanner - AEC Hi-Tech Gadgets

Laser scanner. https://www.flickr.com/photos/gisuser/

A laser scanner can be used for fast and accurate indoor and outdoor measurements in three dimensions. This is the ideal tools for indoor and outdoor applications including precise measurements of objects and buildings. It records architectural façades, complex structures, production and supply facilities, accident sites, and large-volume components Some manufacturers can offer the option to capture 3D images and points that can be used to visualize the scene, generate orthophoto's or to take basic measurements.

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Makerbot Digitizer - AEC Hi-Tech Gadgets

Makerbot Digitizer. https://www.flickr.com/photos/creative_tools/

 The MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner quickly turns the things in your world into 3D models that you can modify, improve, share, and 3D print. It’s a fast and easy way for anyone to create clean, watertight 3D models, optimized to work seamlessly with MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printers, MakerBot MakerWare, and Thingiverse. The MakerBot Digitizer captures enough points to create about 200,000 triangles for each new 3D model. It can capture details as small as 0.5 mm, and surface depth as shallow as 0.5 mm. The dimensional accuracy of the MakerBot Digitizer’s is ± 2 mm, meaning that when you scan an object, the dimensions of your 3D model will be within 2 mm of your original object.

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Google Glass - AEC Hi-Tech Gadgets

Google glass. Photo by lawrencegs

Google glasses can be used by construction professionals in the field to access and record project data. The advantage of wearing them is that you don't need to interrupt the work you are doing maximizing efficiency by your employees. There are many apps that can be used along with the glasses to document, assign, store and manage jobsite problems through smartphones, tablets or the web.  Some of these apps are designed in such way that all team members can connect and collaborate with one another.

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Edgewise - AEC Hi-Tech Gadgets

 EdgeWise Building™ uses groundbreaking algorithms that can automatically identify and extract walls, windows, doors and other features from point clouds and export them as Revit family objects. You’ll save countless hours over creating as-built BIMs natively in Revit. This latest release of EdgeWise Building gives you a major competitive advantage in your as-built BIM modeling workflow by creating a Revit deliverable up to 10-times faster than other modeling tools.  

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More - AEC Hi-Tech Gadgets

 The list put together by VIATechnik has 50 items, and some of them might have been included in this article as well. So be sure to check the list and get information about your favorite one. Remember that technology is taking our industry by storm and you cannot fall behind.