Bagel is a Smart Bluetooth Tape Measure Compatible with Android and iOS Phones (Crowdfunding)

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The tape measure is a pretty simple tool allowing you to measure length, and I assume most people will write results on a piece of paper. Battery powered Bagel tape measure changes that as it allows measurements with a string, through a wheel, or an ultrasonic sensors, store the data in its internal memory with voice to text memo, and also sends back data over Bluetooth to your smartphone.

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Bagel Labs tape measure specifications:

  • Three measure modes – string (up to 3 meters), wheel (up to 10 meters), or ultrasonic sensor (0.3 to 5 meters)
  • Storage – 32 MB flash for up to 100 measurements and voice memo (Both metric and imperial units supported)
  • Connectivity – Bluetooth 4.0 LE
  • Audio – Microphone for voice to text recording
  • Display – 0.96″ OLED display; 128×96 resolution
  • USB – 1x micro USB port for charging
  • Misc – laser pointer for ultrasonic measurement; save record, mode, reset, and power buttons; status LED
  • Battery – 500 mAh LiPo battery that lasts up to 24 hours and averages 8 hours with constant use
  • Dimensions – 80 x 80 x 30 mm
  • Weight – 118 grams

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You can take measurement in four steps: 1. measurement from one of the three method, 2. record voice memo (e.g. length of bed), 3. synchronize with your phone, 4. organize data on soon-to-be-released free Android or iOS app. The app will allow you to export data as CSV to use on your computer.

Bagel tape measure has so far been very popular on Kickstarter, as the project has raised over 1 millions dollars from close to 9,000 backers with 8 days to go. The “early bird” pledge is still available for $69 for the device with a micro USB port. Shipping adds $14 to the US, and $29 to the rest of the world, while delivery is scheduled for November 2016.

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There are commercial hand-held digital laser distance measuring devices with bluetooth and/or USB that go to 40-50 meters with millimeter accuracy. Some of them have a built-in digital level/inclinometer too. Google the $59 “Mileseey D8” for just one random example.

But a tape measure comes in handy when you need to measure a curved surface or a flat surface in space like the side of a carton.

There is the “inexpensive” CubeTape (Google it), which is a commercial digital bluetooth tape measure. CubeTape is real, search YouTube for the demo/instruction videos. I say CubeTape is “inexpensive” because that’s what they say; I can’t seem to find a price anywhere. But CubeTape gives you lots of opportunities to contact them for a quotation. I just don’t want to receive CubeTape Spam messages every day for the rest of my life afterwards.