Forget the sanding, the painting, and all the construction; the worst part of a renovation is having to use a tape measure to size up a room. But if you're willing to cough up $560, there's now a much better way that almost sounds like magic. It's a smartphone accessory called the Spike that uses lasers, GPS, and other sensors to automatically measure everything in a photo you take. Say wha?!
Since it relies on a Bluetooth connection to your smartphone, instead of interfacing with ports or any of that nonsense, the Spike will play happily with iOS and Android hardware—as long as they include GPS capabilities. The device itself features a laser, a 3D compass, and its own rechargeable battery, and uses all of this to create a fairly accurate guesstimate of the size of objects or structures anywhere from six to 600 feet away.