The InstruMMents 01 Dimensioning Instrument is by far the coolest way to measure stuff around your house. It’s also about $100, which is a pretty tall order for most people. A great alternative for simple measurements that only require measuring the distance between any two objects is the Bosch GLM 20 Compact Laser Measure with Backlit Display. All you have to do is hold it still and let the lasers work their magic.

Here are some highlights from the product page:

  • Precise laser measure technology – accurate to 1/8-Inch
  • Real-time measurement mode – walk-off measurements from the wall and other surfaces
  • Backlit display offers easy and convenient viewing, even in dark areas
  • Simple one-button operation – press button once to begin measuring in real-time measurement mode, press button again to hold measurement
  • Fits comfortably in hand and easily in pocket
  • Class IIa laser product, <1mW power output

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