Tape measure, wheel measure, and laser measures are all great tools for their own situations, but why isn’t there one that can do all three of those jobs? That doesn’t have to be a question anymore, because there’s a new smart measure hitting the market that can do it all.
Bagel: The World’s Smartest Tape Measure, as the company refers to it, is an all in one measuring solution and it hopes to replace a traditional tape measure. The measure has 3 different ways to record length: the string method, the wheel method, and the remote method, which are all packed into a nice and compact system.
The string method allows you to not only measure straight runs, but also round or oddly shaped objects. A string is obviously much more flexible than a traditional metal tape, but it’s also clear that a string does not have enough area to show numbers and dashes. There’s no counting or squinting required with the Bagel, all measurements are shown on a digital readout screen as the string is pulled out of the housing.
The wheeled method is a quick and effective way to measure using one hand. It has a maximum measuring distance of 33 feet (10 meters), but gives you the opportunity to take into account irregularities in objects.
The laser method works just like the laser measures that are growing quickly in popularity today, but this one has a maximum distance of 16’-4” (5 meters). Standing supports are incorporated into the design nicely in order to help you measure vertically and horizontally a little more simply.
The video below shows you exactly how those 3 functions work:
All three methods display the length on a digital readout screen for instantaneous viewing. Not only that, the Bagel saves up to 100 measurements on internal memory, but can log every measurement you’ve ever taken by exporting them to your computer. Don’t remember what the measurement was for? No problem, the Bagel also lets you record a voice memo for each one, or tag it with a description. It even times stamps when the measurement was taken.
The battery can last up to 24 hours and up to 8 hours with constant use. The makers of Bagel claim the accuracy is within 0.5% and they’re actively working on lowering the error of margin. They also mention that room temperature could affect the accuracy.
Since the Bagel Smart Measure began its crowdfunding campaign on KickStarter, the tool has amassed over $380,000 in pledges, which is over 10 times their original goal of $30,000. It actually only took them 15 hours to hit that $30,000 mark, amazingly. Once the measure is finally released and shipped out to backers and other customers in August, a smart phone app will be available for both Android and iPhone users.
If you’re interested in purchasing one, you can visit Bagel’s Kickstarter page here and preorder. Currently, you can get your hands on one for $69, but the closer it gets to full release, the price may jump up.
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