We’ve seen tools that measure distance using tape, laser, and even a wheel. The Moasure One, on the other hand, does the same thing using motion sensors. We know, how the heck do you measure anything using motion sensors? We’re not sure either, but that’s exactly what this thing is able to accomplish.
Billed as the “world’s first motion-measure” tool, the device can measure not just distance, but it can also calculate volume, area, circumference, and a whole lot more. Whether you want to measure the distance between two posts on the house, the size of couch that will fit in your living room, and the size of kitchen appliance that will fit on the available countertop space, this thing lets you do that easier than ever before.
The Moasure One uses a system of accelerometers, gyros, and magnetometers to plot its three-dimensional position in any space, which it uses to take any accurate measurements in both 2D and 3D. It can be used to measure distance up to 1,000 feet, angle at a full 360 degrees, inclines up to 90 degrees, and curves with a radius of up to 80 feet, so this can be useful for actual professional uses. To use, simply launch the companion app and choose what kind of measurement you’ll be making, then follow the app’s instructions on how to arrive at the measurement. The kind of motions you’ll be required to do with the device will depend on what measurements you’re looking for.
To measure the length of a table, for instance, you can simply set the device down on the end of the edge of the table then slide it toward the other end. To measure the distance between two walls, on the other hand, they’ll have you tapping one wall with the device and walking over to the other wall then tapping it. To measure the volume of a box, you simply tap the device on a top corner of the box and tap it to the opposite bottom corner, with the app performing all the calculations all on its own.
The Moasure One consists of a pocket-size device that looks like a slim tape measure, with a LED indicator on one corner and an internal battery that can last for 500 measurements between charges. It’s water-resistant and dust-resistant according to IP65 ratings, all while being durable enough to survive direct drops to concrete of up to six feet. Dimensions are 2.4 x 2.4 x 0.7 inches (width x depth x height).
Why not just make an app that can perform the same measurements when most phones already have onboard accelerometers, gyros, and magnetometers? According to the outfit, their app can actually do that, providing measurements without the dedicated device. Problem is, you can’t actually guarantee the optimization of those sensors on every phone, which is why having a dedicated tool that’s been fine-tuned strictly for measurements purposes should be a lot more useful.
A Kickstarter campaign is currently running for the Moasure One. You can reserve a unit for pledges starting at £99.