Revolutionizing measurement with a smartphone-connected laser distance meter

“We build precise, sensitive devices for smartphones,” Eichenwald said. “The product that we’re working on right now is the worlds’ smartest laser distance meter. It’s directed to two big groups right now, so we’ve made one app that’s directed at do-it-yourselfers and consumers (a floor plan app), and for our B2B customers we’re doing a price quote app so that electricians or heating guys for instance can walk into a building, enter the price-per-feet of their systems and quickly generate a quote.”

via Senic Wants To Revolutionize Measurement, Starting With A Smartphone-Connected Laser Distance Meter | TechCrunch.

As someone who works with companies that have a desperate need to quickly size up rooms, Senic appears to be a great step forward in this market space.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hejk4EDz8vA

Spatial sensing and measurement on mobile devices

APIs from RealityCap give iOS apps the ability to sense their surroundings in three dimensions. This patent-pending sensor fusion technology combines computer vision and inertial data to give your apps accurate 6DOF device motion and a 3D point cloud of the environment. RealityCap software runs on 2011 (A5-based) and newer devices in real time, with no additional hardware or markers. Results are accurate over both short and long distances, and come with absolute scale in meters.

via RealityCap » Mobile Spatial Sensing.

I’ve previously covered other apps that are coming to market to help DIYers and professionals to quickly size rooms. This is slightly different; in that their is no external tool. You take a photo, that gets sent to a web service that does the calculations to work out the length of different objects in the photo. Very smart stuff.