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App allows you to replace your tape measure with an Apple iPhone

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App allows you to replace your tape measure with an Apple iPhone
Let's say that you need to draw a floor plan and get a rough idea of the dimensions of a room, but you left your tape measure at home. What can you do? How about pulling out your iPhone. Thanks to the Roomscan app, you can take your handset and put it up against a wall, listen for a beep, move to the next wall and keep going until you're done. Within seconds, the iPhone display will spit out the room's dimensions in feet, meters or East Asain Units. The final measurements are said to be accurate within 10cm (about 4 inches) which means that the dimensions you get are really ballpark figures only.

The beauty of the Roomscan app is that you can take measurements of "L" shaped or complex rooms and the app works just as quickly as when you're measuring a simple room. There is a free version of the app, but an in-app purchase to Roomscan Pro adds the ability to measure a second room, and allows you to make color-coded floor plans. And with the Pro version, you can automatically connect rooms to create a plan of an entire floor.

For a quick look at how Roomscan works, take a look at the slideshow below.


source: Roomscan via RedmondPie

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posted on 29 Mar 2014, 19:43 1

1. PBXtech (Posts: 980; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)


GPS measurements? If they can get the error factor down, this would be a solid app.

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 19:47

2. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


That's impossible unless you use the company iNmarsat, a GPRS providers of accurate destination.

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 20:32 6

5. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2550; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


550+ posts in just over 2 weeks. You seriously need to get out more.

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 20:48 1

7. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


"Not really" ,i spend just over an hour everyday here since from 2009, including GsmArena, AnandTech, BGR

In a hurry, that's why grammars are not punctual on other posts.
Cool, chill, take it easy.

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 21:14 1

8. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2550; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Sure.

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 22:12 2

13. androiphone20 (Posts: 1505; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


...but your profile says you joined in March? and besides why the rush? (just curious)

posted on 30 Mar 2014, 07:40 1

19. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Work 10 hours a day, 6days a week,,,, . Then again I could afford to buy designer brand products, which I really love. Life's kinda hard when you want prestige things in life.

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 22:01 2

10. androiphone20 (Posts: 1505; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


lol, I cracked up on this post.

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 20:04

3. The-Sailor-Man (banned) (Posts: 1095; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


iMagic???

Monday there will qwee at the Apple stores and APPL stock will rise.

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 20:09

4. The-Sailor-Man (banned) (Posts: 1095; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


will be queue

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 22:03

11. androiphone20 (Posts: 1505; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


...huh?

posted on 30 Mar 2014, 04:36

16. superduper (Posts: 151; Member since: 20 Oct 2013)


A queue for what?

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 20:34

6. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


This is ok for a rough idea...like it says in the first sentence. An outline of the room. The few inches it can be off can be devastating to a project.

I do hope no one tries to use it for precise, accurate measurements.

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 21:34 2

9. TheNeighbor (Posts: 108; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


We tried this and is inaccurate with the three times we tried. Really useless. A permitted inaccuracy of not more than 5mm or the entire exercise is unusable. A waste of effort and hindrance to a project ever proceeding correctly.

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 22:09 1

12. androiphone20 (Posts: 1505; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


Yes, it's inaccurate but it sure comes in handy when you don't have a tape measure on you. Besides it's a working progress, it'll probably get better as it gets updated with time. It's not a replacement.

posted on 29 Mar 2014, 22:38 2

14. TheNeighbor (Posts: 108; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Still no. Twice the work when you are doing things in CAD or BIM. Get it right the first time, or you end up redoing it. I couldn't afford spending more time with unreliable information. You also need to measure ceiling heights anyway. I'd still do these measuring with my laser measure and an actual tape measure.

As I've stated, we tried this app, and it failed to give us any resemblance of accuracy. If I had no tape measure, I'd rather take good picture references, take note of where my belt line is relative to the point to the site, and use SketchUp to photo match the interior or exterior of any structure. And still, I'll need to come back to confirm dimensions and take more time to edit my CAD and BIM. These things would be easier when you get the measurements right the first time.

posted on 30 Mar 2014, 15:42

22. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6674; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Prefer using a real measurement tape than a iphone. Plus u can't replace old fashion tools using phones that includes using a real map that doesn't get u lost or have to update.

posted on 30 Mar 2014, 00:45

15. lyndon420 (Posts: 1782; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


This is a decent concept. After seeing some demonstrations with Project Tango I can't wait to see where area mapping tech takes us in the next year or two.

posted on 30 Mar 2014, 06:37

17. ultimatewarrior (Posts: 6; Member since: 19 Feb 2014)


2 things. 10cm is nowhere near 6inches. Whats the point to have a measuring device if its not accurate?

posted on 30 Mar 2014, 07:27

18. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2550; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


10 cm = 4 in or 6 in = 15cm. They're wrong, but in the scheme of a room, I wouldn't say that's "nowhere near". As for the rest of your comment, see comment #6,

posted on 30 Mar 2014, 08:10

20. seanwhat (Posts: 153; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


east asian units?

posted on 30 Mar 2014, 11:44

21. Jkennedy (Posts: 9; Member since: 29 Dec 2013)


10 cm is 4 inches, not 6

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