About this project
Bagel is the only tape measure you will ever need. With three different measuring modes, Bagel lets you measure just about anything.
It can also save measurements, record voice memos, and send data to its mobile app, where you can easily organize and analyze your measurements. That’s why we call Bagel a smart tape measure.
We all measure size in our daily lives. Whether it’s for a DIY home improvement project or for measuring body size, everyone uses a tape measure.
Despite the various uses for a tape measure, the way we measure size has remained the same for more than a century. It’s about time that we stop trying so hard to read tiny numbers and markings on tape measures.
Bagel is easy to use. Select one mode from three different measuring modes, take a measurement, then click the save button to save your data.
You can also choose to add a voice memo that describes what you measured. As soon as you connect Bagel to its mobile app, this voice recording will be automatically converted into text and tagged to your measurement.
You can use Bagel's string mode to measure length like you would with a traditional tape measure. Its flexible yet strong string allows you to easily measure curved objects and surfaces, various body types, and- needless to say- flat surfaces. Bagel's string mode can measure up to about 10 feet (3 meters).
Wheel mode is great when you don’t have both hands available to measure length or distance. Just switch to Bagel's wheel mode and roll its wheel. Wheel mode is perfect for measuring distance on curved surfaces and can measure up to about 33 feet (10 meters).
When you want to measure the distance to areas that are far away or hard to reach, use Bagel’s remote mode. Simply point the ultrasonic sensor at objects, walls, or ceilings and Bagel will tell you how far away they are. The remote mode automatically activates a laser that points at your target spot to indicate where you are measuring. You can measure up to 16 feet 4 inches (5 meters) in remote mode.
Saving Data & Voice Memos
After taking your measurement, save the data with just a click of a button. You can also choose to record a voice memo that describes what you just measured. Never experience the hassle of going back and forth between your notepad and tape measure!
We wouldn’t call Bagel smart if that was all. You can connect Bagel to your smartphone via Bluetooth and transfer all of your measurements to Bagel’s mobile app.
Use Bagel’s app and never lose measurements again. You can browse through your measurements, all of which are tagged with a voice memo. Additionally, take advantage of the app's ability to export your data as CSV to use on your computer.
If you want to track your body size, simply open up a graph that will display how your measurements have changed over time.
Both iOS and Android versions of the mobile app will be available for free.
You don't have to connect Bagel to your smartphone every time you want to take a look at past measurements. Bagel has internal memory that can save up to 100 measurements and voice memos. You can easily bring up all of your logs on its digital display.
There’s no need to worry about replacing the batteries. Bagel is built with a lithium polymer battery that lasts up to 24 hours and averages 8 hours with constant use. Any micro USB cable lying around the house is fit to charge Bagel.
Bagel is for everyone. Whether you use inches, centimeters, or millimeters to measure size, Bagel will adapt to meet your needs. On Bagel's mobile app, you can even choose to display your measurements in feet or meters.
We’ve experimented with various types of sensors, but decided to develop our own. Bagel’s sensor is backed by six patents and we couldn’t be more excited to share its abilities with you.
The error for all three modes should be within 0.5% under room temperature conditions. We are working hard on our firmware to lower the error margin and will provide all updates on any accuracy improvements.
Bagel's casing is made of polycarbonate, which is known to have very high impact resistance. Watch how Bagel can withstand being run over by a car and a drop from 12ft (3.7m) in the video below.
We believe in the power of design. We’ve gone through numerous prototypes to make Bagel sleek and easy to hold. Take a look below to see how Bagel has evolved from its first design to its current and final design.
We’ve come a long way since last June when we first came up with the idea to create a smart tape measure.
Although size measurements are one of the most important ways to describe an object, measuring length or distances have been left to old, traditional tools such as a tape measure.
We believed there was so much room to improve how we measure objects. Through digitizing size, our lives can be easier, better, and more efficient.
With these beliefs in mind, our team spent countless nights designing, prototyping, testing, programming, and traveling across the globe to pitch our idea and receive feedback on Bagel.
We are a small, tight-knit team made strong by our members who are experienced professionals in various fields. Although we have different backgrounds in engineering, design, finance, and marketing, we all share one common goal: to innovate the way people measure size.
Shipping Fee Reimbursement & Tax Free Worldwide
[Updated July 31, 2016] As we promised at the beginning of the campaign, we made constant effort to lower shipping costs. We’ve worked with numerous shipping partners to optimize logistics and provide more reasonable rates for everyone. Two types of benefits provided to all backers are as follows:
1) 10% of shipping costs will be reimbursed for all backers except for those in the US and South Korea, where our original shipping methods were already optimized.
2) We will take care of sales tax, VAT, duties, and any other type of customs fees related to delivering Bagel to everyone.
The only action we need from you for the 10% reimbursement of shipping fees is to enter your bank information for wire transfer or PayPal account in the survey which we will send out after our campaign ends. Taxes and customs duties will be paid by Bagel Labs before Bagels are shipped out from our distribution centers in the US, the Netherlands, and South Korea.
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If you would like to work with us to distribute Bagel around the world after we successfully finish this Kickstarter campaign, please contact us at email@example.com
Risks and challenges
Any project could encounter unexpected obstacles, and this possibility is even more likely in the case of a hardware technology project that requires manufacturing. Keeping this in mind, we have already started to tackle some of these obstacles early on in order to minimize any delays.
1. One potential problem is the lead time before various parts of Bagel arrive. Lead time is the time between placement of an order and delivery of the product. In the case of an encoder that is essential to Bagel’s sensors, the lead time can be up to 8 weeks. In order to meet Bagel’s expected delivery date in November, we have already placed an order for 10,000 units. If we need more units to match the demand of our backers, we will place another order for the encoders during the Kickstarter campaign to ensure punctual delivery.
2. A second potential problem is preparing for the injection molding manufacturing process. Injection molding is the fastest and most reliable way to manufacture Bagel. To produce different parts of Bagel, we will have to create 14 molds before production begins. We have already finalized blueprints for each part and secured relationships with two trusted manufacturing companies in South Korea. Additionally, we are in the process of manufacturing 100 Bagels set to arrive in July using a family injection mold. Family injection molds allow us to manufacture a smaller batch of units but with a less detailed finish. These Bagels will be used as samples for various tests- and we will definitely share the results with our backers.
We are fully aware that unexpected bumps in the road may arise, but our team is dedicated to doing whatever it takes to keep our promises. We will update you on our progress and can’t wait to hear feedback from our backers in order to deliver the best Bagel possible.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
The single goal of our Kickstarter campaign is to get our product out to as many backers as possible. We would hate for the shipping fee to deter potential fans from joining our campaign. Despite what it seems, we have tried and are trying our best to find the lowest shipping rates that guarantee safe delivery of Bagel to our backers. We are not profiting from the shipping fees; the listed prices are the lowest and the exact amount our shipping partners have given us.
Additionally, unlike some campaigns that automatically add shipping costs to the reward levels, we did not do so. We strive to be 100% transparent about our costs.
Last but not the least, a lithium-polymer battery is embedded inside of Bagel. This type of battery requires special shipping services that are different from services that deliver ordinary packages, thus coming at a higher price.
Currently, we are working diligently to find partners who can guarantee low prices and safe delivery. We would love to hear any suggestions from our backers, so feel free to help us out. Needless to say, we will update everyone with our progress regarding lower shipping costs. Thank you!
Bagel is made out of polycarbonate, a material known to be have extremely high impact resistance. Polycarbonate is used to create shatterproof windows, police shields, etc. Thus, we are confident that Bagel will be very durable.
To put Bagel to the test, we will run various trials when we receive samples of our product in July. We will drop Bagel from various heights, perhaps test if it can resist being hit by a hammer, and so much more. We will take videos of all the tests and share them with you. Stay tuned to see for yourself how durable Bagel is!
Yes. Bagel supports measurements all in centimeters, millimeters and inches.
In terms of the accuracy, 0.5% is the maximum error range, although most of your measurements will fall well below that range. This means that you could get a maximum error of 5mm for 1m. However, this result is from a previous model of Bagel, not the model of Bagel that you are going to receive. Additionally, when we stated the error tolerance level, we purposefully reported a conservative number, as not to deceive our backers by giving the average of error bounds.
Needless to say, accurate measurements with the smallest error range as possible is one of our top priorities. We are continuously searching for smarter ways to make Bagel even more accurate, and we will update you with our progress.
We are aware of the fact that our Bagel has room for improvement, but we can confidently say that there is no digital tape measure more accurate than Bagel out there in the market. We've opened up almost all digital tape measures and found that they are not more accurate than Bagel.
Even though some of them display measurements in 1/16 of an inch, we think those numbers are meaningless if they are incorrect. We've seen a lot of instances where their measurements go way off, especially when the tape is pulled out quickly. Our conclusion was that they are inaccurate because they use photo-interrupters to sense the rotation of the coil. When their tape is pulled out quickly and the sensors miss a spot, it displays a measurement that is completely off. These sensors are similar to those we used in the first two prototypes of Bagel. Now, we've developed our own sensors that are much more accurate and have placed them in Bagel. Our 0.5% error margin is a very conservative number that we put on Bagel, and it is getting lower and lower every day. Also, Bagel actually has a resolution of 0.05cm (0.02 in). We just don't display it because we think there are very few people who would absolutely need to measure in 0.02 in (0.05cm) resolution.
It will take approximately two hours to fully charge Bagel with any adaptor with output greater than 1A. But don’t worry- most average chargers have an output of 1A or higher. If you leave any battery alone, something called battery self-discharge occurs. All batteries have self-discharge and the speed of this discharge depends on the type of batteries and environment in which it is stored. For the battery that we use in Bagel, it should still have 90% of the power(capacity) after 30 days. Please note that this self-discharge test was done in room temperature. It is best to keep batteries in cool places to prevent drastic discharge.
Also, thank you for giving great advice about battery! It is true that we can save shipping costs when having a removable-battery structure. However, we chose to embed battery inside the device for giving many benefits to our backers such as higher safety, sleeker design, longer battery life and stronger durability. Hope your kind understanding about our passion to provide the best quality product to our users. Thanks!
Bagel's string is made out of fibers called Dyneema. There are many reasons we decided to use this type of fiber. First, it's strong. The strength-to-weight ratio of Dyneema ranges from 8 to 15 times higher than that of steel and so it can be used in tough environments. Second, it has very low elasticity, which is what we want, to provide accurate measurements. Third, it has a very high lubricity (reduction in friction and/or wear by a lubricant) which leads to having a very poor knot-holding ability .This is good for us since it means it's easy to untie knots. But please note that since the spring coil inside Bagel constantly pulls on the string, it is very unlikely that it will get tangled in the first place. Last but not the least, Dyneema fiber consists of UHMWPE(Ultra high molecular weight polyethylene), which doesn't absorb water easily. Because of these strengths, we thought that Dyneema fiber is best suited for the string of Bagel.
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