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I'm just after seeing this on wired.com.

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The multi-purpose gadget looks like a pen and works like a handheld surveyor’s wheel. At one end is your choice of a pen, pencil, or stylus; at the other is a black rubberized wheel designed to roll over flat and curved surfaces. As the wheel turns, sensors inside the gadget record the distance it travels in 0.1 mm increments. A laser at the tip of the roller help you gauge, visually, where your measurement begins and ends.


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As opposed to an $8 tape measure? Which won't quit on me in the rain or when the battery dies...in below zero temperatures?
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How would you measure for guttering on your house? Cute but, IMHO, not practical for most things.

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That's what I'm thinking myself, not very practical for most jobs. Maybe just aimed for "gadget guys"?
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As opposed to an $8 tape measure? Which won't quit on me in the rain or when the battery dies...in below zero temperatures?
Wow, you use those expensive tape measures, eh? I would have used different words, but totally agree.

Every once in awhile I check our local Dollar Tree store, and on rare occasions luck out, and pick up some $1 tape measures. Almost all I have actually cost more than that, usually around $5 or so, with a couple of top quality ones. I keep them everywhere, bathroom, bedroom, jeep, every jacket, my vest, shop. I don't use them for really exact measurements, I use a metal ruler or yardstick for that, but they are really handy when you want to check the thickness of some wood, or length, or width. I probably use them most by giving me a visual of what X inches are, just hold one up and look. I'll not be giving up my tape measures in this lifetime.

Almost forgot, checked the Dollar Tree awhile back. No tape measure, usually don't, but did find a 14" level, with a 14" ruler marked out on it, which doubles as a very nice straightedge, and was $1. Got to a regular store and you're probably talking $8-10.
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Think I'll pass on this one...too.

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When I need to be accurate, I whip out my trusty Lufkin folding ruler from the 80's. Made in the good ol USA. I know, it only reads in 16th's and I am good with that.
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...and for those of us who have used and loved the "composition" book, a complete re-do is planned.

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I got a tape at Dollar General for $3.50 once when I forgot my tape measure at the store. I had a folding ruler that belonged of my grandfather who was an ironworker. Gave it to my grandson who is the techy of the bunch. Only kid I know that took swimming lessons and asked the lifeguard to show him the chlorination system and the filtration system.
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Like Theo, I have a passel of tapes. In every room, both cars and truck, and a few in the shop. I'd bet none reads the same as any other one.
For woodworking, I won't use them except for gross measuments. I'm kinda a cut to fit guy.
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