In 2016, every single thing we come across is more than likely connected to the internet. Over the last few years, the crowdfunding world has made sure of that, touching everything from the kitchen oven to thermoses. One outlier is measuring tape, a tool people still use every single day for pretty important reasons despite its unwieldiness.
Bagel Labs, Inc. is out to right this oversight with its charmingly-named Bagel connected tape measure. The cleanly designed tool three measuring modes, voice memo capability, and mobile app connectivity for a device that’s simple to use. The String mode is the first, used to measure short distances along lines and curves and around corners. The self-titled Wheel mode is perfect for irregular and odd-shaped surfaces and can be used with one hand to measure up to 33 feet. Finally, the Remote mode takes advantage of a laser pointer and the device’s built-in standing support to perfectly measure straight distances to objects too far out of reach.
When a user is done with a measure, a single button press saves it and prompts the user for a voice recording to identify the measurement (Bagel can store 100 measurements), sending it to a companion smartphone through Bluetooth. With a 24-hour battery life, the Bagel can be used for a while without having to charge it — something that works in the case of a tool like tape measure. Any backers interested in the Bagel can grab one for $69 to be shipped by November 2016. The team at Bagel Labs, Inc. is looking for $30,000 in funding by August 3rd, 2016.
This tape measure has an appropriate namesake, as bagels are all about versatility. This Bagel is too, taking a relatively simple tool and jazzing it up just enough so that it stays compelling without feeling forced. Users will always find a reason to use it: construction, clothing — there are many use cases. This approach makes sense: the On smart tape relegated itself to the fashion niche, which may have hurt it in the long run.