US-based innovators HOZO Design C.O. have launched an Indiegogo campaign for the “first compact digital rolling ruler.” The “ROLLOVA” seeks to replace traditional measuring tapes with a compact gadget that measures curves and lines. The pocket-sized stainless steel body contains a 10000:1 high-contrast ratio OLED screen, displaying measurements of flat surfaces and curved objects.
With a maximum tolerance of +-0.4%, the rolling device is capable of measuring to a distance of 10 meters (32 feet). When measuring distances between corner to corner, such as window sills, the device’s offset mode adds either the radius or diameter of itself into the measurements, similar to conventional laser measures.
We are living in a world moved by technology; a world that is changing in every single minute; and a world full of innovation that is kicking in and reshaping every aspect of our life. ROLLOVA is a product of that very nature - a digital ruler that transforms the way you measure things. Most importantly, a ruler that measures a variety of surfaces easier than ever before.
- HOZO Design C.O.
To date, the device has raised $170,000 and is retailing at $57, with an estimated delivery date of March 2019. Those interested in learning more about the device can learn more on the official Indiegogo campaign page here.
Separately, Design group ENSSO has launched a “scale ruler fountain pen” for architects, featuring 12 imperial and metric scales. Having launched on Kickstarter, the pen is now available for pre-order, made from 100% space-grade aluminum.
The product is one of many ventures by architects in stationery design. In 2016, Shigeru Ban designed a retractable, refillable SCALE pen for ACME Studio inspired by the architect’s ruler. A more radical example is 3Doodler, which functions as a 3D printer pen that can create sketch models in seconds.
Design group ENSSO has launched a "scale ruler fountain pen" for architects, featuring 12 imperial and metric scales. Having launched on Kickstarter, the pen is now available for pre-order, made from 100% space-grade aluminum. Laser-engraved into the solid matte black aluminum are 12 scale markings, denoting 1:20, 1:50, 1:100, 1:200, 1:400, and 1:500, as well as 1/32, 1/16, 1/8, 1/4, 1/2, and 1.