An Analysis of Smart Glasses and Commercial Drones' Ability to Become Disruptive Technologies in the Construction Industry
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The purpose of this research is to examine the possibility that commercial drones and smart glasses have to be disruptive technologies in the construction industry. The theoretical underpinnings of disruption in this project are derived from the works of Clayton Christensen, who currently· serves as the Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration at Harvard University. The variables being tested include: drawbacks of implementing these technologies, factors that can lead to these technologies becoming disruptive, the impact these technologies have on productivity, and the impact these technologies have on job-site safety. To determine if these variables could cause a technological disruption in the industry, 15 interviews were conducted with management-level workers to collect an array of opinions regarding the variables being tested. The research concludes that both commercial drones and smart glasses have qualities that could disrupt the industry. Of the 15 interviewees, 14 believe that commercial drones are capable of disrupting the industry, while the same number of respondents believe that smart glasses can also cause disruption.