Massive wave of personal technologiesA massive wave of personal technologies is poised to disrupt the way many traditional businesses get work done.

Analyst firm Gartner says spending on personal technologies such as head-worn cameras and displays, IoT sensors and virtual personal assistants is expected to grow to $2.7 trillion a year by 2019.

Many of these technologies are gaining momentum specifically in construction, Gartner says.

Here are the top five personal technologies that will disrupt the construction sector in the very near future:

1. Immersive AR/VR

Device vendors and big platform owners such as Google and Microsoft are investigating how to leverage immersive technologies like augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR), to expand the experiences associated with existing device categories and find opportunities among new ones. While consumer adoption of VR outpaces enterprise adoption, AR is seeing business adoption first.

2. Wearable Devices

From head-worn cameras and displays, sensors and activity trackers to smart shoes and socks, wearables are expanding the body’s potential in business. The smartwatch will become mainstream and new solutions and platforms will drive enterprise adoption.

3. Personal IoT Sensors

By 2021, one million new IoT sensor devices will be purchased every hour of every day. New devices will open up new opportunities for business such as predictive maintenance and support for autonomous "things." Gartner predicts that by 2018, six billion connected “things” will be requesting support.

4. Virtual Personal Assistants and Bots

Mobile app usage is stabilizing. Downloads have plateaued as users stick with tried-and-tested apps. Apps won't vanish anytime soon. However, their interfaces will fade and new interaction techniques will take their place. Apps currently offer siloed interactions, but the next wave will offer an integrated experience.

Future apps will report to users via a virtual personal assistant (VPA), or apps will simply be hidden in the background and their interfaces will be more seamlessly integrated into an overall flow of content.

The VPA will become the vital link for consumers and later, business users, to simplify access to their apps, data and content. Businesses should evaluate VPAs for their potential to provide better customer experience.

5. Advanced Camera and Vision Technologies

In 2016 and 2017, Gartner expects cameras to remain a top differentiation priority for smartphone vendors. The incorporation of advanced autofocus, wide-angle lenses and above all, multi-lens capabilities, will be a key trend this year, delivering new experiences.

Focus on Construction Innovations

Emerging technologies for the jobsite of the future; innovative wearables to enhance health, safety and productivity; cutting-edge skills for careers of the future; and new materials to enhance our nation’s infrastructure are just a few of the things attendees to the Tech Experience at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017 might experience as they step into the future of the construction industry.

Located in Silver Lot 3 outside the Las Vegas Convention Center, the new 75,000-square foot Tech Experience will be dedicated entirely to presenting new construction innovations and emerging technologies that will drive change and process improvement across the industry.

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