Turn Your iPhone Into a Laser Measure With This Tiny Headphone Jack Accessory

By Andrew Liszewski on at

iPin was the first company to use the iPhone’s headphone jack as an accessory port for a compact laser pointer. And not to diminish the fun you can have with a laser, but the company’s latest product is considerably more useful since it turns your smartphone into a full-on laser measure.

Based on the company’s announcement video, using the device seems pretty easy. You download a free accompanying app; plug the iPin Spatial Ruler into your iPhone or iPad’s headphone jack; ensure its business end is pointed towards the rear of your device; and then positioning the projected red dot at whatever object you want to know the distance to.

At the moment there aren’t a lot of details about how accurate iPin’s Spacial Ruler is, but you can safely assume it falls slightly below more professional and purpose-built laser measuring devices.

So naturally, the iPin will almost definitely sport a cheaper price tag, but it’s still worth considering because the gadget takes advantage of your mobile device’s touchscreen for some clever additional functionality.

Turn Your iPhone Into a Laser Measure With This Tiny Headphone Jack Accessory

Once an initial distance measurement has been taken, the Spatial Ruler’s app lets you estimate the size of objects in a scene by simply positioning dots around whatever you’re trying to measure. Again, it’s probably not 100 per cent accurate, but if you’re trying to determine if a new sofa will fit in your living room, the tiny laser measure and its app seems a heck of a lot easier than wrangling an unwieldy tape measure.

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Turn Your iPhone Into a Laser Measure With This Tiny Headphone Jack Accessory

Turn Your iPhone Into a Laser Measure With This Tiny Headphone Jack Accessory


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