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Screengrab via Laan Labs/YouTube

This AR app turns your phone into a virtual measuring tape

The app is expected to be released on iOS sometime this fall.


Phillip Tracy


Published Jun 26, 2017   Updated May 23, 2021, 1:47 am CDT

The software company that made Face Swap Live is reinventing the ruler.

Laan Labs just released a demo for AR Measure is an augmented reality app that turns your smartphone into a virtual ruler or measuring tape. The app uses augmented reality to measure the distance between points in a 3D space using your phone’s camera.

To use the app, you just point your camera at an object, select your desired starting point, and pull your phone away from it. The app will then automatically calculate the distance between both points. It’s kind of like taking a panorama photo, except you’ll be tracing a physical object.

You can see how it works in the demo footage below.

As you can see, the app isn’t perfect. The measurements appear a few millimeters off, enough to where you wouldn’t want to use this on a home reno. However, it should be fine figuring out if the TV you already bought will fit on your entertainment center.

We don’t know exactly when the app will be released, but you should expect AR Measure to launch on iOS sometime this fall.

H/T Laughing Squid

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*First Published: Jun 26, 2017, 2:55 pm CDT