(Here is my quick and dirty profession of my fascination with what I will call “building gadgetry”)
Does this watching this make the wheels turn in your head (especially if you are an architect, or are involved in building design and construction)? Well… It should.
Imagine a job site where there are thousands of tiny mechanical masons the size of small cats buzzing around a job site carrying bricks and building walls with gps guided precision. Expand the idea to flying cat-robots installing duct hangars with pop a pop-rivet gun, installing ceiling grids, and laying vct or carpet tiles and you may get an idea of how applicable the idea is given the standardization of so many building elements. I am not aware of the level of technological integration into typical building delivery in North America, but I think if you take technology like RFID tagging (think toll tags), GPS (which I know is already used for laying out a building on a site to locating duct hangars), QR barcodes (just plain pretty), NFC (an extension or subset of RFID technology that has a range of only about 4 inches), mobile phone manufacturers making hardware cheaper and faster by the month, etc. and pile all of this tech onto the already made (pardon my use of the “B” word) BIM models of a building … lots can happen.
Think this sounds like the kind of idea that would guide an hour and a half killing cinematic masterpiece available for $1.20 at your nearest RedBox? Well, it may indeed have the beginnings of a good low budget sequel to iRobot, but more than likely it will be a not so hidden part of how the buildings you live and work in are put together (if it isn’t already).
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