BuiltWorlds Holiday Gift Guide 2018

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It's that time of year as Cyber Monday approaches where you spend hours scouring the internet to find the perfect gift for your nephew, sister, parent, or co-worker. We've come across lists laying out the most popular gifts of this holiday season but what about a list with double meaning? Where can you find a breakdown of some of the hottest built industry technologies/products that also have a general consumer use case?

Introducing the BuiltWorlds Holiday Gift Guide 2018. It’s a master list of the 25 most exciting and useful products that you can use in the comfort of your own home, on your next adventure, or at the next family function. But not only are these gifts great for the every day consumer, they are ones that are disrupting the way the AEC industry operates. Think IoT devices, drones, AR/VR, 3D cameras, and any other tech gear that helps you get the job done AND enjoy on your own time.

Don’t worry, we've also included a link to every product on this list for your Cyber Monday deal shopping!

Commercial Use

According to the National Equipment Register, construction job site theft and vandalism cost the industry up to $1 billion each year, with power tools making up one of the top items. Milwaukee Tool offers a One-Key Tick Tracker, able to be attached to any tool, removing the threat of theft on the job site.

Consumer Use

Power tools are an expensive purchase for most homeowners and one that is expected to last for years. However, as most of us try to be neighborly and lend that power drill to Bill down the block, it can be difficult to make sure that you get your hard-earned tools back. This is where tool tracking comes into play.

Commercial Use

With the "cordless" revolution hitting our job sites it is no surprise that the sources of power on construction jobs is changing. Additionally, as new applications for mobile devices pop up, the use of pocket-size cordless chargers offers the flexibility for developers, contractors, and tradespeople alike.

Consumer Use

Consumers have seemingly become dependent on smart phones over the past decade. However, we all know as much as smartphone providers market the "newest, longest lasting batteries," upon release, these stats do not hold up over time. This is where portable chargers come in to play and offer a great stocking stuffer for a reasonable price.

Commercial Use

Many of the use cases for VR in construction stem from the ability to access and immerse yourself into a 3D model or a training simulation. As more mobile applications develop for this purpose, the Google Daydream View may offer a reasonably priced solution for the AEC industry. Learn more about VR technology in our report: Digesting the Immersive Reality Experience.

Consumer Use

Virtual reality was developed as a tool for gaming. As such, the entertainment side of the technology will always be the core if its building blocks. Google has brought some of the cheapest VR hardware to market that requires something as simple as the phone in your pocket. Get a taste of VR technology and see what the hype is all about.

Commercial Use

Similar to the Google Daydream View, the Samsung Gear VR is a mobile-first VR solution. As developments take place in mobile simulation training and 3D models become more manageable at smaller sizes, these solutions will be at the forefront for smaller general contractors and specialty contractors, given the price point. Learn more about VR technology in our report: Digesting the Immersive Reality Experience.

Consumer Use

The Samsung Gear VR is a quick step up in quality and capability from the Google Daydream View. The Gear VR is only compatible with Android mobile devices and is built for games.

Commercial Use

Windows play a significant role in managing energy consumption in buildings. As such, much of the innovation changing our commercial buildings include smart window panes and IoT-enabled automated blinds or shades. Being able to schedule times of days for shades to be implemented allows users to utilize the suns natural heating capabilities throughout the course of a day. Learn more about energy efficient building technology in our report: Unlock Energy Efficiency in Your Building.

Consumer Use

Invisishade offers a consumer self-installation bundle that can be implemented immediately in your home for under $100. Additionally, they are compatible with all conventional 110V light switches, dimmers, and inexpensive remote control units available at any home improvement store.

Commercial Use

Ring produces wireless outdoor security cameras easy to set up on any job site. This allows owners and contractors to have eyes on the job 24-7 and discourages theft across the site, one of constructions greatest costs. Surveillance cameras also bring a sense of safety and security to commercial real estate buildings.

Consumer Use

Ring has an IoT-connected doorbell with video capabilities allowing you to witness the safety of your front and back door from anywhere in the world. In addition, use cases range from knowing when packages are delivered to video proof of theft right on your front porch.

Commercial Use

Each year, thousands of American workers are killed from carbon monoxide exposure, making the poisonous gas one of the most dangerous industrial hazards. Klein Tools offers a reasonably priced carbon monoxide hand-held meter making the job site a safer place.

Consumer Use

Between 2010 and 2015, a total of 2,244 deaths resulted from unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning, with the highest numbers of deaths each year occurring in winter months. The Klein Tool ET110 Carbon Monoxide Meter brings safety back to the homeowner.

Commercial Use

Worker fatigue is a major yet overlooked hazard on the construction site. Physical fatigue impairs a construction worker’s ability to safely and effectively perform their job and substantially increases the risk of accidents and injuries which can lead to unnecessary workers’ compensation costs and can greatly reduce productivity on a project. The AIO sleeve is a smart compression sleeve integrated with sensors that can improve your health by providing detailed medical and fitness analysis via your smartphone.

Consumer Use

Take control of your health and keep a pulse on your heart health, analyze your sleep, and constantly monitor your ECG, all while benefiting from the basics of compression technology. This is perfect for the more athletic and active individual.

Commercial Use

Often incorporating smart lightbulbs in residential and commercial buildings adds significant cost for building management. Lutron has engineered a more cost-efficient way of leveraging those lightbulbs that are already in use by implementing wireless smart lighting dimmer switch that is customizable to the users preferences. Learn more about energy efficient building technology in our report: Unlock Energy Efficiency in Your Building.

Consumer Use

Lutron's Caseta wireless smart lighting starter kit offers the homeowner the ability to take one easy step toward energy efficiency.

Commercial Use

Construction jobs don't break for the winter, and especially in places like the Midwest or the North East, this can cause temperature control problems for the typical construction worker. However, standard jackets only keep heat inside, making them not conducive to the long hours. A solution is a heated jacket able to produce the heat for the wearer over an extended period of time ensuring their safety in the winter months.

Consumer Use

Heated jackets are not reserved for individuals who work outside or construction workers alone. They can be great gifts for that constantly cold friend or loved one who would prefer not to spend the $1200 on that Canada Goose down jacket.

Commercial Use

Windows play a significant role in managing energy consumption in buildings. As such, much of the innovation changing our commercial buildings include smart window panes and IoT-enabled automated blinds or shades. Being able to schedule times of days for shades to be implemented allows users to utilize the suns natural heating capabilities throughout the course of a day. Learn more about energy efficient building technology in our report: Unlock Energy Efficiency in Your Building.

Consumer Use

The days of manual shades is over. MySmartBlinds allows you to control your blinds from your smartphone as easy as setting a timer. The automated blinds can also be operated by voice command through Alexa and Google enablement. The blinds are solar powered and can save the homeowner money on their energy bill with automated temperature control capabilities.

Commercial Use

Smart watches have escalated in recent years with Apple and other smartphone providers pushing the boundaries on what a watch is capable of. However, on the job site, smart watches have a different utility all together. The Samsung Gear S2 Frontier watch blends the desire for a clean looking watch with bluetooth capabilities while emphasizing a rugged build able to withstand the conditions on the job site.

Consumer Use

The Samsung Gear S2 Frontier watch lets you access apps that allows you to catch a ride, check scores, stream music, and more all while still being able to make calls and send texts directly from your wrist. Clocking in at around $200, this watch is a sleek alternative to the Apple Watch with similar capabilities and greater durability.

Commercial Use

Ring produces wireless outdoor security cameras easy to set up on any job site. This allows owners and contractors to have eyes on the job 24-7 and discourages theft across the site, one of constructions greatest costs. Surveillance cameras also bring a sense of safety and security to commercial real estate buildings. Check out other technologies connecting construction sites in our 2018 Connected Job Site 50 Top List.

Consumer Use

Home security used to rely on expensive security systems and heavy-duty locks, each of which could not provide a visual sense of safety. With Ring's Spotlight security cameras, you can have eyes on the perimeter of your most expensive asset, your home.

Commercial Use

Oculus has separated itself as a leader among VR technology providers with its consistent innovation bringing more expansive VR capabilities at a fraction of the cost. In addition, the company has created a wireless VR experience that brings the power of 3D design onto the job site with ease of setup and operation. Learn more about VR technology in our report: Digesting the Immersive Reality Experience.

Consumer Use

The Oculus Go prides itself on being a leader in VR technology with crystal clear optics and state-of-the-art 3D graphics that make you feel a new level of immersion. The device is portable and easy to use/set up, perfect for both tech-savvy and non-technical users. That means no PC, phone, wires or hassles with all the benefits of immersive experiences.

Commercial Use

Commercial energy efficiency programs have become more common across the globe as environmental concerns have become more apparent in the news. Programmable thermostats are one solution being adopted and provide a basic level of control over energy use. According to the US Department of Energy, programmable thermostats can save 5% to 15% on annual heating and cooling bills. Nest provides easy-to-use thermostats doing just this: saving building operators on their energy bills. Learn more about energy efficient building technology in our report: Unlock Energy Efficiency in Your Building.

Consumer Use

The Nest self-learning thermostats saves money and energy on heating and cooling costs by learning and adapting to your schedule. It also shows you how energy is used in your home and sends cues to help you save even more. Use Nest to avoid surprises on your energy bills.

Commercial Use

The DeWalt DXAEPS2 Professional Power Station gets heavy vehicles and equipment up and running quickly when time is a concern. On construction sites, time is one of the greatest costs to a project, so taking control of some of the most time-consuming problems that can occur can help eliminate these cost overruns.

Consumer Use

The size of the DeWalt DXAEPS2 Professional Power Station is convenient enough to keep in the trunk of your car or tucked away in your garage ready to be used at a moments notice.

Commercial Use

From inspections to installations to worker tracking, the construction industry is finding new uses for the iPad and other tablets on the job site. Construction management softwares are adapting to this mobile/tablet-first environment we are operating within and as such, the iPad is becoming even more important to foremen, developers, and owners, alike. Check out other technologies connecting construction sites in our 2018 Connected Job Site 50 Top List.

Consumer Use

The Apple iPad is one of the most customizable entertainment devices on the market. With screen resolution to compete with any other on the market and hundreds of thousands of apps that make your device fit every one of your needs.

Commercial Use

Drones have a variety of use cases within the construction industry from surveillance to progress monitoring to collaboration and safety. The technology has been implemented on hundreds of job sites nation-wide. Drone software companies have blown up in recent years offering automated flight planning and data analytics from the aerial footage. Learn more about commercial drone implementation in our report: Strategies for Drone Implementation.

Consumer Use

Before the commercial applications, drones were marketed as consumer toys allowing users to visualize their surroundings at new heights. There are a range of drone levels from as cheap as the DJI Spark at around $400 all the way up to cinema quality drones that can reach prices of a couple thousand dollars.

Commercial Use

Monitoring job sites comes with a slew of benefits from theft prevention to progress monitoring, but can often come at significant rental and storage costs. GoPro brings a more sustainable, yet less structured way to monitor sites. GoPro provides reliable 4K quality timelapse capabilities in an easy to deploy camera. With remote monitoring available via cloud upload, the camera is a low cost option for those owners looking to keep eyes on their sites at all times. Check out other technologies connecting construction sites in our 2018 Connected Job Site 50 Top List.

Consumer Use

There is no action camera better than the GoPro Hero7. With in-camera stabilization rivaling most gimbals, take this mountable, pocket-sized camera with you on your next adventure. GoPro makes the perfect gift for that adventurous family member that is obsessed with capturing life as it happens.

Commercial Use

The Samsung Odyssey Windows Mixed Reality headset brings full immersive components through built-in AKG headphones won’t shake loose during use. This feature of built-in immersive audio assists users to conference with those not on site. Samsung brings together components of VR without losing your sense of presence, opening up use cases for construction, real estate, and architecture. Learn more about MR technology in our report: Digesting the Immersive Reality Experience.

Consumer Use

One of the fullest immersive experiences on the market today, the Samsung Odyssey Mixed Reality set engulfs the user in whatever content they choose from video to gaming.

Commercial Use

HTC has already partnered with construction companies to implement its HTC Vive virtual reality system for the purpose of simulation training. The VR company has helped Bouygues Construction simulate at-risk situations under conditions that are close to real life but pose no actual danger. However, the use of a system like the HTC Vive has limited capabilities on the job site due to its desktop-based operations. Learn more about VR technology in our report: Digesting the Immersive Reality Experience.

Consumer Use

Similar to the Samsung Odyssey, the HTC Vive offers a fully immersive experience with built-in headphones, elevating the users experience above some of its less advanced peers. The company has partnered with gaming company Steam to provide over 2,800 games with SteamVR.

Commercial Use

Flo detects and stops leaks before they happen. Flo is installed on the main water supply line to the residential or commercial building. The device has three sensors that actively monitor water flow, pressure, and temperature to detect and protect the home from problems like leaks and burst pipes. Explore Flo and other smart building technologies in our Building Tech 50 Top List.

Consumer Use

Flo helps the general consumer understand their water bill and detect problems before they become headaches. There is nothing worse than a frozen pipe or a basement flood. Flo lets homeowners have a pulse on their water pipes right from the smartphone in their pocket.

Commercial Use

Smart watches have escalated in recent years with Apple and other smartphone providers pushing the boundaries on what a watch is capable of. However, on the job site, smart watches have a different utility all together. The functionality of a watch like the Casio Pro Trek was designed for outdoor, harsh conditions. Apps range from low-power GPS tracking to health monitoring, while the build is strong and durable in all conditions.

Consumer Use

For the more active consumer, a rugged smart watch might be a better option than the typical smart watches on the market, today. We've all been subject to that new, thinnest glass product cracking within months of use. Casio will allow you most of the same functionality in a more durable body.

Commercial Use

Job sites are typically flooded with multiple trades at the same time. As such, portable power brings extensive distribution flexibility. Goal Zero can charge anything from compact mobile devices to heavy-duty products. The company creates solar rechargeable products that fit into its mission of powering people in sustainable ways.

Consumer Use

Goal Zero brings power solutions to the general consumer, ranging its offerings from handheld chargers to larger (yet compact) charging stations for extended camping trips. Non-grid charging capabilities bring peace-of-mind to the general homeowner in the case of blackouts, power loss, or inclement weather.

Commercial Use

Drones have a variety of use cases within the construction industry from surveillance to progress monitoring to collaboration and safety. The technology has been implemented on hundreds of job sites nation-wide. Drone software companies have blown up in recent years offering automated flight planning and data analytics from the aerial footage. Learn more about commercial drone implementation in our research report: Strategies for Drone Implementation.

Consumer Use

If you're looking for a step up in quality compared to the DJI Spark drone, previously listed, the DJI Mavic Air adds just that with a minimal size upgrade. Still a pocket-sized drone, you can easily take the Mavic Air with you anywhere you go for a new perspective.

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