While thinking about real-world uses for the T-1, I asked myself: “What can this Tape do that even a skilled tradesman with a regular tape can’t?”. Almost every answer centers on potential software features.
Before I continue I’d like to warn developers: too many openly accessible features can get very complicated for the average user. Any advanced features should be somewhat hidden as to not overwhelm or frustrate a user who was not looking for it.
AUTO SPACING MODE.
Potential Applications: Furniture making, cabinetry, timber construction or finish work. Anywhere a row of fasteners is being used in a visible location or for decorative purposes. Anywhere that an educated guess is not good enough when dividing a space, or perhaps the apprentice is not experienced enough to eyeball spacing- hand him a T-1!
Example: We all hate dividing measurements. The tape says 67& 7/16" and we need to put fasteners in a maximum of 18 inches apart. Ok, yeah we know 4*18 = 72 so we’re going to use at least 4 fasteners, but how far apart ? Divide- crap what’s the decimal value of 7/16" again ? Ok! 16.859375" ummm. 16 55/64th? Wait, no! I think 5 fasteners would look better and stronger too. I wish there was an easier way…
How it works: Basic arithmetic (for a computer). Strike the tape. (12") Push the secret combination of buttons to enter Auto Spacing Mode. Bada bing Bada boom. We see 2 numbers on the ink display. (0", 6") press the up button. Now we are dividing by 3: the display reads (0", 4", 8") and up button again (0", 3", 6" , 9"). Silly me. The tape wasn’t fully extended! Main display now reads: (16") and the side display automatically updates: (0", 4", 8", 12").
That’s cool, but what if I want to offset the first and last screw to land a certain distance from the edges? Good thing this tape measure comes with a lot of buttons. Click, Click and the computer calculates (2", 6", 10", 14") Beautiful!
The formula is something like: (Measurement-(Offset*2))/NumberOfSections
This is great, but we’re not done yet. Guess what? We have a list of measurements now to check off. We can leave our tape laying where it is and with a second hand mark our holes. OR -OR. Lock in that list, and with one hand and a clip on pencil, work our way down the list marking as we go.
What do y’all think? Did I miss anything? How much would you use this feature? Will we see many similar Software upgrades & features after the tape measure is released?