A nail gun with gps/video camera may sound like a great idea to someone sitting on the ground and has never installed a roof in their lives but in the real world it is not realistic at all. Nail guns cost between $200-$300. I bet a nail gun with this technology would easily be over 1k.
Nail guns are meant to be used, and used hard. A productive roofer nails maybe 5k nails per day. Nail guns are used in 120 degrees and below 0 degrees. They are used in the rain. They get tar all over them. Dirty roofers sweat all over them. They occasionally fall off the roof. How long do you think it will take for the camera/gps to fail and force the roofer to replace for another 1k nail gun?
I got into roofing and construction not because I had to. In fact growing up I did very well in school so I easily could have gone to college and got into a completely different career. I got into it because I had a passion for it. To me there is a purity in working with your hand and learning skills that have stood the test of time. I also like the feeling of accomplishment when I finish a project. This trade rewards hard work more than most and there is no way to fake it. These are not the words of an set in their ways/ready to retire guy either, I just turned 33.
In my opinion, technology has harmed construction far more than it has helped it. Look at old buildings in Europe, then look at what we build now. With all our fancy technology, materials with completely unrealistic “warranties” and new building practices those building will be lucky to have 20% of the lifespan. I love nail guns (at one time new technology) but am fully aware that they caused a HUGH drop in shingle instillation quality.
With all that said if I would have wanted to get in the tech field, I would have, and if roofing ever forces me to become a high tech roofer… then I am done roofing.