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

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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21 Comments

1. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

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

2. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

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

5. g2a5b0e unregistered

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

7. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 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.

8. g2a5b0e unregistered

Sure.

13. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

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

19. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 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.

10. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

lol, I cracked up on this post.

3. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

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

4. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

will be queue

11. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

...huh?

16. superduper

Posts: 151; Member since: Oct 20, 2013

A queue for what?

6. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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.

9. TheNeighbor

Posts: 370; Member since: Nov 15, 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.

12. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 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.

14. TheNeighbor

Posts: 370; Member since: Nov 15, 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.

22. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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.

17. ultimatewarrior

Posts: 16; Member since: Feb 19, 2014

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

18. g2a5b0e unregistered

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,

20. seanwhat

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

east asian units?

21. Jkennedy

Posts: 9; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

10 cm is 4 inches, not 6

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