Re: Mobile Devices Replace Blueprints On Construction Sites
First, I'll say that this is a cool topic for an article, and I'd love to see more like it in the future. We talk a lot about some of the trends on offer here (mobility, 3D drafting, telepresence is not mentioned but could definitely be a factor in something like this), but there are tons of non-tech focused industries where I often wonder how this technology is actually being used there. It's nice to get a look at a convincing use case and a specific use of hardware to go along with it. E-mail is great, but it's not hard to see why it wouldn't be quite enough for a change in building plans, in an industry where time is nothing if not money. I'm curious about some specifics - what kind of hardware goes in one of these? Do they have built-in functionality for working with other mobile devices?
I would caution about the rush to make these the standard, and I was glad that you mentioned it. I'm happy to envision squadrons of renaissance man craftsmen who are equally at home with their tablets and their Sawzall, I have an anecdote to share. The father of a friend of mine is a great carpenter. Not only hardworking, but extremely talented, inventive, and ingenius when it comes to his work. I've seen him rattle off the differences between species of wood, or multiple ways to get complex jobs done, without stopping to think about it. His employer is requiring him to take online courses recently. I was over their house today helping to move furniture. He calls down for his son 'the computer crashed on me!' His son was mia so I went upstairs to take a look. His web browser had minmized to the tray and he didn't know how to get it back. Long story short, I hope they're making these things user friendly.