Although the classic tape measure continues to be a very useful tool, there are times where that curled metal tape just isn’t right for the task at hand. Well, that’s why Bagel was developed. It’s a “smart” tape measure that offers three methods of measuring, along with built-in data storage and Bluetooth connectivity.
In String mode, lengths of up to 3 meters (about 10 ft) can be measured using a retractable string linked to the device’s OLED display. That string can be laid out straight, or wound around objects as needed. If you’ve only got one hand free, Wheel mode may be more what you need – in that mode, Bagel is simply wheeled along the surface (up to 10 m/33 ft) that it’s measuring.
Finally, if you’re trying to measure the distance to a point that’s hard to reach, there’s Remote mode. Using a built-in laser pointer as a guide, it uses ultrasound to measure distances up to 5 m (16 ft).
One USB charge of the lithium-polymer battery should be good for up to eight hours of use.
In all modes, measurements can be stored on the unit’s onboard memory, in both metric and imperial. If you wish, you can also record a voice memo with each one – as many as 100 measurements and memos can be stored at once, with the memos converted to text. Saved measurements/memos are also sent by Bluetooth to an iOS/Android app on your smartphone, allowing you to view and organize them on its screen.
Bagel is currently the subject of a Kickstarter campaign, where a pledge of U$59 will presently get you one (the planned retail price is $89). If all goes according to plan, shipping is estimated for November.
It’s demo’d in the video below.