Laser rangefinders make for some really useful and time saving tools. They let you easily measure lengths and distances that would have been painfully cumbersome with tape measures (or toilet paper tape measures, lol) and other traditional tools. The Bosch GLM 100C makes the techie handyman tool even better, allowing it to interface with a PC or smartphone where all measurements read can be automatically recorded.
It gets better. Take a picture of the jobsite and the numbers can be superimposed directly on the image via the app, giving you a visual guide to the measurements you'll need for any construction, design, or 3D modeling project. From there, you can simply use the resulting image for your own work or send it to the rest of the team members for their own reference.
The Bosch GLM 100C won't just measure lengths, they'll also record area, volume, angles, and multi-surface distances. You can use the tool manually by hand or control it remotely from the accompanying app, allowing you to set up the device for taking measurements in hard-to-reach areas. It can measure distances of up to 330 feet (at 1/16th-inch accuracy), so it should handle most common industrial and commercial applications. Features include a built-in tilt sensor (for more accurate angle measurements), onboard backlit display, Bluetooth (for wireless data transfer), a USB-rechargeable battery, and an optional attachment that turns the device into a 24-inch digital level. It measures 7.8 x 7.2 x 2 inches, with apps available for Windows, Android and iOS.
Amazon has the Bosch GLM 100C available, priced at $299.