The computers consist of a central processing unit and a flat panel display.
Although they cost about $5,000 each, Elvin indicated that they would more than pay for themselves in a construction industry where inefficiency costs more than $30 billion a year.
Before they become widely used, possibly within five to 10 years, Elvin said that the devices would need extra security protection and researchers will need to find a way to ensure that wireless connections are not blocked by steel, concrete and other construction materials. Researchers also need to find a screen that is visible both indoors and outdoors.
The Xybernaut Corp. is one of only a handful of companies that manufacture the computer, the article says.
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