Analog to Digital Ruler of the Future

(Photo: IBTimes/Jeff Li)

With the metaverse looming, it creates new needs to bridge the gap between the analog and digital worlds. If you were to simulate the physical environment around you in the virtual world, you would be faced with a pretty daunting task of measuring, drawing, and transferring that to some kind of CAD program.

MEAZOR laser measurement presents a solution that is designed to significantly speed up this process. Roughly the size of a credit card, how effective is the MEAZOR at digitizing the physical world with ease? Let’s dive in to find out.

Solid aluminum chassis (Photo: IBTimes / Jeff Li)

Rugged all-metal chassis

The MEAZOR may be small in size but it has great durability. It’s a rugged, pocket-sized device made with a solid aluminum chassis.

Its appearance immediately brought back memories of a classic mobile phone from 2002: the Motorola V70, but equipped with a 2022 round 1.3″ 184ppi LCD touchscreen covered by tempered glass.

The minimalist design carried over to the hardware controls, which are mostly done with a single button on the front in addition to the touch screen.

Rubber wheel for roller screed (Photo: IBTimes/Jeff Li)

At the base is the innovative rubber wheel that plays a key role in room scanning, a protractor, and is also used as a rolling ruler in Scale Ruler mode. After just a few turns of the wheel, it is apparent how well it is done, seen by the smoothness of the rolling action and the accuracy of the reading.

Folding feet for perpendicular measurements (Photo: IBTimes / Jeff Li)

Going back to the back of the device is the USB-C charging port, as well as the 1/4″ female thread for tripod mounting, and an innovative foot that can be unfolded to be used as a Stand Mode stand. laser measurement.

Laser emitter and receiver (Photo: IBTimes / Jeff Li)

Finally, in the upper part of the device, there is the laser emitter and the receiver, the main measurement sensor.

Laser measurement is spot on (Photo: IBTimes/Jeff Li)

Range and Accuracy

Okay, so you have an excellent build. But what is most important as a measuring device is accuracy. Can the MEAZOR provide accurate measurements and what are its limitations? Putting it face to face against a tape measure, the result? It’s surprisingly accurate, as it promised in its specs.

According to official HOZO Design specifications, the MEAZOR can measure between 0.3 and 82 feet (0.1 and 25 m), with a resolution of 0.04 inches (1 mm). It does this with a maximum precision of plus or minus 0.12 inches (2 mm). In terms of drawing floor plans, this is more than adequate and will be much better than reading a tape measure.

MEAZOR accuracy may vary depending on surface finish (Photo: IBTimes/Jeff Li)

However, there is a limitation, since MEAZOR measures reflected laser, the accuracy depends on the surface you are measuring. If the measured surface has a very low reflectivity, or if you are using it in a very bright place, such as under the sun, the measurement may have an error of plus or minus 1%.

A thoughtful feature of MEAZOR’s Laser Measurement mode is that you can select which data you are measuring. You can measure from the top or the bottom of the device, depending on what you are measuring. Like an expert tape measure user who can measure an internal dimension by bending it into a ‘V’, laser measure has you covered.

In my experience, in most indoor measurement situations, the MEAZOR is much more reliable than a tape measure, which has many other factors that can affect its accuracy, such as tape tension and misreading markers. .

When attached to the included tripod, the MEAZOR can scan around the room (Photo: IBTimes/Jeff Li)

more than a rule

Although laser measurements are the core function of the MEAZOR, it can do much more than that. Including taking laser measurements, it has six main functions: measurement and scale unit conversion, 2D floor plan scanning, curve scanning, digital protractor, and spirit level.

The scale unit measurement and conversion mode is the most interesting to me, as it converts the MEAZOR from a ruler for measuring physical objects to a ruler for a floor plan. By setting the scale and then aligning one of the three LED lights on its base, you can run the device along the line you’re measuring on the drawing and get a quick reading accurate to plus or minus 1mm. This allows you to immediately verify a paper measurement with the physical building.

In my personal use, I found scanning 2D floor plans to be the most used feature. By placing the MEAZOR on a tripod, its spin comes into play where you can now rotate the laser pointer to mark various corners in the room and get a 2-D graphic of the room. Once the room is mapped out, this is where the mobile app comes into play.

The MEAZOR app turns measurements into 2D drawings (Photo: IBTimes/Jeff Li)

Application support

In each of MEAZOR’s six main modes, you can send the measurement/line plotted directly to the MEAZOR app (available for iOS and Android). The application itself is a simple and very easy to use 2D floor plan CAD program with built-in elements including walls, doors, windows and stairs. It will not create a complete house plan, but it is excellent for preparing a floor plan with precise dimensions in a very short time when used with MEAZOR.

The MEAZOR is a revolutionary measurement tool (Photo: IBTimes / Jeff Li)

Final Verdict

As the online world continues to expand exponentially, a quick process to convert physical spaces to virtual ones is a necessity that needs to be addressed. MEAZOR is one of those rare products that has the potential to be a game changer. With seemingly more functionality that could be added to your app, the possibilities are endless as to how far this hardware can be used to create virtual plans that can be developed into worlds. We are awarding MEAZOR with the IBTimes Recommend Badge.

David is a tech enthusiast/writer who is often on the go and is on a mission to explore ways to make his review flights more enjoyable. This is a contribution to an ongoing IBTimes review series on gadgets for business travelers.

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