A NeoRuler to rule them all!
Designed by the same people who created the MEAZOR, the NeoRuler hopes to reinvent the measuring ruler/scale in a way that’s never been done before. With an LED strip instead of conventional markings, a control panel, and a display, the NeoRuler lets you do things your old ruler can’t. You can measure in the unit of your choice, find accurate dimensions, convert between units, alter the scale of your measurements, get vernier-style accurate data, and even do things like divide your measurements into segments of your choice. All the data you capture gets saved on NeoRuler’s free app, giving you access to a feature set your wooden ruler can’t even dream of having. The best part? It’s the same shape and size as a regular ruler, allowing you to carry it with ease in your backpack or your stationery toolkit.
Designer: Tiancheng Liang
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If there’s one thing I detest, it’s adding the word smart before random things. Smart fridge? Unnecessary. Smart coffee maker? Thank you, next. I’ll be honest, if you said the words Smart Ruler to me, you’d see a massive eye-roll… but that’s the kicker. The term Smart Ruler doesn’t really do a substantial job of describing what the NeoRuler is capable of. Designed to modernize the act of measuring the way the smartphone modernized the act of photography, the NeoRuler comes with features that make recording measurements easy, intuitive, and universal.
The NeoRuler looks like the average measuring scale, but with a few noticeable upgrades. Unlike the plastic, wooden, or metal scale, this instrument doesn’t have any markings on it. Instead, it comes with an LED strip on the top, a slider, a 1.14-inch backlit LCD screen, and three buttons. Once powered on, the LED strip comes to life and the slider lets you intuitively slide to record measurements. The screen displays the exact measurement recording, and controls on the left let you alternate between metric and imperial units. You can actively convert measurements on the fly, scaling from mm to cm, and from inches to feet, or even going into the obscure territory of yards. A simple button push lets you alternate between decimal and fractional measurements, giving you absolute precise control over the output you want, so you’re not sitting with a calculator trying to calculate fractional and decimal values.
Things get interesting when you realize that the NeoRuler is capable of more than just conventional measuring. It can scale up your measurements, giving you figures in feet while you’re measuring in inches (perfect for architecture, engineering, and drafting) with as many as 90 preset scale settings to choose from. You can enter your own custom scales too, and use the NeoRuler to divide line segments into equal parts – perfect for planning, geometry, origami, design, etc. Measuring using the NeoRuler is as simple as laying the ruler down into position and moving the slider to the desired point. The value is instantly displayed on the screen, updating in real-time, and you can alter units on the fly simply by pressing a button. The cutting-edge ruler also comes with its own set of adaptive Neo modules, letting you swap out that slider for a precise pointer, a magnifying lens, a pen-holder, or even vernier-style calipers that allow you to measure accurately to the 0.1 millimeters… or 0.004th of an inch (you’d know that if you swapped units!)
The NeoRuler builds on the data processing chops of its elder sibling, the MEAZOR. The ruler measures 30cm (12 inches) in length, and weighs 120g. It comes with an aluminum chassis and a stainless-steel edge that’s also durable enough for you to cut against. An ARM Cortex-M4 microcontroller crunches data behind the scene, while a 900mAh battery powers your NeoRuler’s SoC, the 1.14-inch backlit LCD display, and as many as 300 LED lights built into the ruler’s edge. The NeoRuler has a built-in Bluetooth module too, letting it share all your measurements directly to the MEAZOR app. Data on the app gets saved historically, and can be edited on the fly or even converted into actual plans (a feature that was introduced with the MEAZOR 3D device). You’ve even got an option to export your measurements in JPG, PDF, XLS, and DXF, sharing them with colleagues or clients.
As advanced as it is, the NeoRuler is designed for people and jobs where basic stationery just doesn’t cut it. It’s most suited for technical roles, like architecture, engineering, drafting, but can be used in creative applications too, like fashion, design, crafts, etc. The ruler’s intuitive design has a minimal learning curve, making it easy to use without flipping through a manual, and that backlit LCD display even lets you measure in low-light settings without straining your eyes to see what the actual measurement is. Each NeoRuler ships with a swappable pointer slider, a USB-C cable, and the free MEAZOR 2.0 app that’s available on both Android and iOS devices. The other adaptive Neo modules come as add-on kits, along with an optional protective folio case to carry your futuristic cutting-edge NeoRuler.
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