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Despite the fact that the traditional measuring tape is still a very useful device, that crinkled length of steel tape can sometimes not be the ideal tool for the job. And so Bagel was created to fill those niches better. Essentially, Bagel is a “smart” (as almost everything is these days) tape measure that provides three methods for measuring, integrated data storage, and a Bluetooth connection. The first mode of operation is called “String mode” and can be used to measure up to 3 meters in length, but instead of using a unwieldy piece of metal tape, Bagel uses a retractable length of string with measuring data presented on its integrated display. Unlike its metal counterpart, the measuring string can also be used precisely wound around the item to be measured giving a more exact measurement. The second mode of operation is useful if you have a distance greater than 3m but less than 10m to measure, and if you’ve only got a single hand available. Called “Wheel mode”, Bagel can be carefully rolled along a surface measuring the distance from the start of the roll to the end. Lastly, but by no means least, if you’re attempting to gauge the distance to a place out of reach, then there’s the “Remote mode”, which uses both a built-in laser pointer (as a quick guide) and ultrasound to determine the distance from Bagel up to 5 metres away. Bagel has a USB port for charging and can run continuously for eight hours on a single charge. Measured dimensions can be stored in the system’s on-board permanent memory, and the system can even capture a voice memorandum with each measurement to remind you of exactly what it was you were measuring at the time. Finally, all those measurements and memos can be sent by Bluetooth to your Apple or Android smartphone for later use. Bagel has been launched on Kickstarter recently and right now US $59 will currently get you a single unit with an expected delivery in November… if all goes to plan that is!



Do-it-Yourself (DIY) home improvement and home repair are very popular, almost recreational activities in the western world today and many a DIY enthusiast has made his or her mark with online video on just about any home building project or home repair need out there. In fact, one has to wonder if the traditional tradesperson is perhaps an endangered species given that there is now an almost endless stream of instructional DIY videos that can be followed by almost anyone with a little time and effort, and usually at half the cost of hiring a professional contractor. Of course, the availability and use of the building tools themselves do also present another obstacle to doing the job oneself, but then again the internet has come to the rescue with whole websites dedicated to figuring that out too. Even choosing the right tool for the job has led to dedicated websites that can help you make even that decision. Unsurprisingly, from this ocean of DIY home improvement videos have emerged specialised video channels dedicated solely to the art of ‘Do-It-Yourself’ home repair and renovation. HouseImprovements is one of the most popular ones with this particular video the first in a series about how to build a garden shed amongst the channel’s most popular! Who would have guessed that so many people needed to build a shed?