NEW MEA­SURE FOR MEA­SURE: My home fur­ni­ture, area

The Denver Post - - TRAVEL - ETape16 Dig­i­tal Tape Mea­sure is $29.95; Blue­tooth model, $49.95; at etape16.com.

rugs and most of the art was brought — or shipped — from trav­els near and far. Al­ways on the look­out for func­tional “sou­venirs” that will fit my liv­ing spa­ces, I keep a tape mea­sure ever at hand. Mea­sur­ing po­ten­tial pur­chases just got ex­po­nen­tially eas­ier and more ef­fi­cient with the in­tro­duc­tion of the new eTape16 Dig­i­tal Tape Mea­sure. As you pull out up to 16 feet of re­tractable tape from the tough poly­car­bon­ate hous­ing, a dig­i­tal dis­play at the top of the hous­ing shows the mea­sure­ment in a choice of five dif­fer­ent ways: inches, feet, cen­time­ters, frac­tions to 1/16th of an inch, or dec­i­mal units, all of which can be con­verted back and forth with the touch of a but­ton. The eTape16 pro­vides dual mem­ory func­tions for stor­ing mul­ti­ple mea­sure­ments, a func­tion that adapts for in­side or out­side mea­sure­ments of an ob­ject, fig­ur­ing the cas­ing into the cal­cu­la­tion; a neat mid­point cal­cu­la­tion func­tion that in­di­cates the mid­point of a mea­sure­ment (a great aid for hang­ing paint­ings); and a cou­ple of other digi-tricks. Mea­sur­ing about 3 inches square by 1¼ inches thick, the eTape16 in­cor­po­rates a blade lock and belt clip and is pow­ered by an in­cluded re­place­able CR2032 lithium bat­tery. A model with Blue­tooth tech­nol­ogy lets you im­port mea­sure­ments to a ded­i­cated cell­phone app and cre­ate dig­i­tal work­sheets. The de­vel­op­ers are work­ing on longer tapes and ad­di­tional apps that will let you vir­tu­ally “try out” your finds on dig­i­tal ren­der­ings of your liv­ing spa­ces, back­yard, what­ever. Then, step away from the de­vice and free your mind for the sites and ex­pe­ri­ences that are the real mea­sure of a trip.

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