Depending on what kind of job or life you have, this may not be an issue. But for those who have to spend a fair amount of time measuring objects that aren’t necessarily a straight line, this handy little gadget can decrease the amount of time spent fiddling with a tape measure as well as giving a more accurate measurement. Me, I’ve been using a seamstress’s tape measure…the cloth kind that can easily go around an object, but this looks like a way better option, at least for small objects.

The Pocket Smart String is about the size of a pocket calculator, and features a non-stretchable 50-inch (127-cm) long string with a 20-pound (9-kg) breaking strength. How it works is, you pull the string out and either lay it alongside or wrap it around whatever you want to measure. The exact length will be shown on the digital display, and can be stored in memory to calculate volume or area. Measurements can be taken in either imperial or metric, so it doesn’t matter what country you’re in; you can still use it.

Also included is an LED light (in case you’re measuring in the dark, something I have to do on a fairly regular basis at work) and a bubble level. There are three memory buttons so you can store height, length and depth, as well as a standard calculator. Obviously this isn’t good for everything, but I can easily see it making its place in my tool bag. Plus, there is a 12-foot (3.66-meter) version in the works.

This short version costs only $11.99 US, which means I’ll probably be ordering one soon. I’ve spent more money on stupider things, and I think this one just might be what I’ve been looking for.

Source: Gizmag

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