You don't have to be a carpenter to find yourself regularly grabbing for a tape measure. Unfortunately, if you're not a carpenter, you probably find yourself grasping at loose air and denim as you remember that you don't wear a tool belt. The iTapemeasure is a combination app and case that attaches a digital tape measure to your iPhone, so you always have one at hand.

The iTapemeasure system consists of an aluminum case that includes a built-in 1.5-meter (4.9-foot) tape. Instead of just giving you a simple manual readout like your average tape measure, the iTapemeasure works with the phone to give you a large-font digital readout. The system lets you take pictures of what you're measuring and overlay the measurements on top so that you have a photo record too. It also allows you to essentially mark off a measurement by pressing hold, and then measure beyond the 1.5-meter length of the tape.

With the iTapemeasure, you will no longer have to worry about hurriedly scribbling measurements onto a piece of paper only to get to the store and find them illegible or improperly labeled. You'll have a very clear, precise record of whatever measurements you need for furniture shopping, home improvement projects, shipping and other activities.

The designers behind the iTapemeasure have built several prototypes, and the latest fits the iPhone 4 and 4s snugly. The tape measure is based around the metric system now, but there are plans for an Imperial version for the United States. The team has taken to Kickstarter in trying to raise the funding they need to pursue the project.

See a little more detail on the interface in the pitch video below.

Source: Kickstarter

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    • Was this made by the invention company "Quirky"? The only advantage I see is that you wont loose your tape measure. It will only measure 5 feet? What is it for, arts and crafts?

      The Hoff
    • when all measurement can be accomplished through the aperture of the iphone, and not a physical tape, then you will have something

      Steve Vallance
    • One way around the obvious length needed by todays person for whatever reason would be to introduce a double or quadruple smart tagging system ,, this then eliminates the space or add on space, their tags are placed in desired areas and it is the technology in the phone which should do the calculation not the physical cord, the cord may be converted into a much thinner reel like device in which the phone again can measure the amount of cord being taking.

    • Hi, it looks very interesting ,where I can buy this? And think iTape is better name.

      Radosław Mielenczuk

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