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The Versa Ruler is the first ever shape-making 2-D ruling system. Sides connect to form an unlimited amount of measured polygons.

The Shape of Things To Come

We are excited to introduce the Versa Ruler™, the first-ever shape-making ruler! The Versa Ruler enables you to form and lock unlimited, multi-sided shapes– with accurate measurements for every side and angle. Think of a 2D erector set of rulers that you can slide and angle around, laying perfectly flat on any even surface. The user can connect sides to form angles, which scale and skew smoothly–while also providing you the ability to independently lock angles and sides. 

It began as a concept for a shape-shifting ruling device, which then became an insanely fun and challenging design project between friends. Our experiment in combining symmetry and utility led to the creation of the Versa Ruler –and the subsequent formation of our company. The idea fueled a fury of new product concepts and now we find ourselves on the cusp of launching our brand, Koala Tools, with the Versa Ruler as our first product. 


It's the perfect tool at the perfect time. 

With so many of our tactile experiences going digital, our mission is to nurture both creativity and productivity at a visceral level. And as our education becomes more visual, the honing of our aesthetic senses will play an increasingly vital role in how well we learn. 

From astronomy to art, shape and proportion have always been at the core of our understanding of the universe around us. That's why the ruler is one of the oldest tools in mankind's history. It's also, up until this point, one of the most unchanged. We believe that this great tool is due for a revolutionary upgrade, so we created the Versa Ruler with features like:

  • Sliding sides and pivoting angles
  • Interconnectivity of multiple sides and angles
  • Alternating US standard and metric units on opposite sides
  • Ability to lock angles and sides independently
  • Ability to construct unlimited open and close-ended shapes


Everybody Wants to Rule the World

And we believe everybody should. Whether it's drafting, geometry, architecture, construction, engineering, or any number of crafts, the Versa Ruler adds new functions that can really stir things up! We absolutely love the fact that the imagination is the limit with this tool. Ruling in 2D will be the new standard in the construction of forms and shapes– and has the potential to improve our sense of proportion and visual language in ways that seem extraordinary. Just imagine you had one of these as a kid! 

In Conclusion

The Versa Ruler is our first product of what we hope will become a solid, growing company. Our goal is to manufacture and sell them to schools, art & craft stores, educational supplies retailers, museum gift stores, and even hardware stores. The enthusiasm that we have seen to date is incredibly promising and is a big part our decision to dedicate ourselves fully to pursuing this dream of ours.

Working on this project has taught us that our combined efforts can make great things happen. For us, this is just the beginning of our story. We wholeheartedly welcome you to become a special part of the success of this project. Your contribution will be the spark that ignites this new ruling revolution. Thank you and keep creating!

Versa Ruler™ is a trademark of Koala Tools and has a US & PCT patent-pending status.

FAQ

  • The Versa Ruler is designed in a way that interconnects with itself at two different points. You can connect the ruler end-to-end or end-to-angle. This creates a system of infinite combinations since there is no limit to the amount of components that can be connected.

    Of course, the more common configurations may be 2 sides for angles, 3 sides for triangles, and 4 sides for rectangles and quadrilaterals. In terms of closed shapes, the actual limit is 8 sides.

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  • The product is composed mainly of a high-grade polycarbonate resin that is made in part from post-consumer recycled plastic, and it is completely recyclable.

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  • The packaged product consists of 4 Versa Rulers.

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  • The money raised will go toward purchasing the injection molds and initial inventory for the Versa Ruler.

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  • Our Kickstarter backers get first dibs on newly-made Versa Rulers. If we reach our goal and are able to go into production, we anticipate having finished product by early April.

    We hope to officially launch the product sometime in May.

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  • (Same order as rewards listed on right-hand side of the project home page)

    $5 reward = 1 Thank You card + 1 set of Koala Tools stickers

    $25 reward = 1 Thank You card + 1 set of Koala Tools stickers + 4 Koala Tools pencils

    $30 reward = 1 Thank You card + 1 set of Koala Tools stickers + 4 Koala Tools pencils + 1 Koala Tools Black-Logo T-Shirt

    $40 reward = 1 Versa Ruler set (4 Rulers + 4 Protractors); add $20 for Shipping to Canada + $30 for elsewhere outside US. Though not stated, we’ll send a Thank You card as well.

    $50 reward = 1 Thank You card + 1 set of Koala Tools stickers + 4 Koala Tools pencils + 1 Versa Ruler set (4 Rulers + 4 Protractors); add $20 for Shipping to Canada + $30 for elsewhere outside US.

    $75 reward = 2 Versa Ruler sets (8 Rulers + 8 Protractors); add $20 for Shipping to Canada + $30 for elsewhere outside US. Though not stated, we’ll send a Thank You card as well.

    $85 reward = 2 Versa Ruler sets (8 Rulers + 8 Protractors); free or reduced international shipping – we cover the cost of shipping above the $10 difference between the $75 reward and this $85 reward for international backers; saves $10 to $20 on shipping costs. Though not stated, we’ll send a Thank You card as well.

    $85 reward = 2 Versa Ruler sets (8 Rulers + 8 Protractors) + 1 Koala Tools Backpack; add $20 for Shipping to Canada + $30 for elsewhere outside US. Though not stated, we’ll send a Thank You card as well.

    $95 reward = 2 Versa Ruler sets (8 Rulers + 8 Protractors) + 1 Koala Tools Backpack; free or reduced international shipping – we cover the cost of shipping above the $10 difference between the $75 reward and this $85 reward for international backers; saves $10 to $20 on shipping costs. Though not stated, we’ll send a Thank You card as well.

    $100 reward = 1 Thank You card + 1 set of Koala Tools stickers + 4 Koala Tools pencils + 1 Versa Ruler set (4 Rulers + 4 Protractors) + 1 Koala Tools Black-Logo T-Shirt; add $20 for Shipping to Canada + $30 for elsewhere outside US.

    $100 reward = 1 Thank You card + 1 set of Koala Tools stickers + 4 Koala Tools pencils + 2 Versa Ruler sets (8 Rulers + 8 Protractors); add $20 for Shipping to Canada + $30 for elsewhere outside US.

    $120 reward = 1 Thank You card + 3 Versa Ruler sets (12 Rulers + 12 Protractors) + 1 Koala Tools Black-Logo T-Shirt; add $20 for Shipping to Canada + $30 for elsewhere outside US.

    $130 reward = 1 Thank You card + 3 Versa Ruler sets (12 Rulers + 12 Protractors) + 1 Koala Tools Black-Logo T-Shirt; free or reduced international shipping – we cover the cost of shipping above the $10 difference between the $120 reward and this $130 reward for international backers; saves $10 to $20 on shipping costs.

    $200 reward = 1 Thank You card + 1 set of Koala Tools stickers + 4 Koala Tools pencils + 1 Versa Ruler set (4 Rulers + 4 Protractors) +1 Koala Tools Black-Logo T-Shirt + 1 Koala Tools Backpack; add $20 for Shipping to Canada + $30 for elsewhere outside US.

    $350 reward = 1 Thank You card + 1 set of Koala Tools stickers + 4 Koala Tools pencils + 1 Versa Ruler set (4 Rulers + 4 Protractors) +1 Koala Tools Black-Logo T-Shirt + 1 Koala Tools Backpack + Listing on http://koalatools.com/ as a supporting individual philanthropist or company; add $20 for Shipping to Canada + $30 for elsewhere outside US.

    **Please note all Versa Rulers sets will be delivered in the final, branded retail package**

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  • Yes. The Versa Ruler was designed to display inches and centimeters on opposite sides. So switching between US standard and metric scales is as simple as flipping over the Versa Ruler assembly. Numbers on one side ascend from left to right, whereas numbers on the other side ascend from right to left. This allows you to build any shape with any number orientation and with any of the two unit measurment systems. This system allows for both left and right-handedness and gives the user option to physically convert between scales in real time.

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