How you take measurements just got upgraded with Magpie Tech's new VH-80SE, the world’s first bilateral laser distance measurer. The pocket-sized device uses laser lights, which beam from opposite directions and measure how long it takes for each pulse to bounce back to its accompanying sensors. This not only provides highly accurate measurements, but it’s easier to use between long distances as well. There’s no tape to get tangled up in. Just position yourself anywhere along the line of measurement and let VH-80SE do its job.
Because it’s equipped with two laser diodes, the VH-80SE can take three measurements per single action: the left, right, and total combined. It can also measure up to 80M (262ft). To make things even easier, VH-80SE has four auto calculation modes: Continuous measurement mode, which measures at a set time interval providing live change along with your movement; area, which calculates the area of your space; volume, which measures the volume of space with three consecutive measurements; and pythagorean equation, which makes an indirect measurement by measuring two sides of a triangle to acquire the third.
VH-80SE uses Bluetooth 4.0, which ensures an immediate and stable connection with extremely low energy use. Its Bluetooth connection also allows you to control the device with your smartphone. The VH-80SE’s companion app lets you set the direction, function, and unit you want to measure conveniently. All you do is press the Measure button on your smartphone to get the distance. This data can be used to make necessary construction plans. And the app’s Quotation Mode calculates how many resources you need for your project.
As for power, the VH-80SE runs on a pair of AAA batteries. Magpie Tech say they considered rechargeable lithium-ion batteries but decided against it since it would make the device bulky and would be inconvenient when out in the field.
Its creators claim the VH-80SE makes measuring more convenient, faster, and safer – no messy tape to get tangled in. It sounds great for those who work in construction or take on home DIY projects. But unless you want to shell out $109, a traditional measuring tape might be the best option.