For centuries, the humble hard hat has protected workers from head injuries. But industrial workers also face other dangers at work sites, where heavy machinery, confined spaces and hazardous materials can lead to injuries and even deaths. Guardhat’s new tech-enabled hard hat, the HC1 Communicator, can help keep those workers safe. The Communicator monitors the wearer’s location in real time; allows them to make hands-free video and audio calls; and detects their proximity to hazardous materials, temperatures and moving equipment. Starting at $1,500, the high-tech hat isn’t cheap—but for teams looking to feel more secure while hard at work, it may be well worth it. —Mariah Espada

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