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VH-80 shoots two pulses of laser light from two sources in opposite directions and measures the amount of time it takes for each pulse to bounce back to its accompanied sensors. Since light moves at a constant, VH-80 can calculate the distance between itself and the targets with high accuracy.
Watch How It Works (featuring Rory)
From ancient foot steps to modern laser technology, the measurement tool went through many transformations. But, one factor never changed: the necessity to start from 0 to your destination. Most cases, the measurer must travel with the tool as well. It's something we may take for granted, a common sense process. But is it?
VH-80 means you can measure the distance between two points by positioning yourself anywhere along the line of measurement. In complicated working environments, when you need more than two hands or an extra body or two, and there are obstacles in your way, VH-80 eliminates all of these hassles.
Two laser diodes mean VH-80 can take three measurements per single action: the left, right and total combined. Therefore, when measuring multiple lengths, the advantages to using VH-80 is exponentially increased, reducing your moves by factor of three.
VH-80's measurement covers a total of 80 meters. That's the length of a soccer field. How fast can you run across the field and back to retrieve your tape measure? Get it done in a second with VH-80.
The Time Saved is Incomparable
You can save significant time by effectively reducing your need to travel to various references points required by one directional devices.
An Extra Hand in Your Pocket
Being free in position also means highly improved quality in safety and mobility. Not having to crouch to the floor or set on a ladder may seem like a minor improvement for a single measurement, but often we are measuring more than one length.
Safety is Always Rule No.1
VH-80 is really makes it comfortable when you have to repeatedly get down or constantly move the ladder to travel across the space. We are hoping that VH-80 can help and revive passion in folks who have been shy from working on new projects because of physical discomfort or inconvenience as well.So that's some very little changes VH-80 can bring to your life.
Simple little things like time, safety, and resources - the trifecta of a project investment. No big deal !
As a laser distance measuring device, VH-80 is capable of handling a variety of operations and works simultaneously with a smart device application for extended functions.
For a starter, VH-80 is a bilateral laser distance measurer, but yes, it can also function in a single direction as well. While the bilateral setting is default, you can easily switch to a single laser measurement setting, measured from the base or front.
VH-80 has a total of 5 internal auto calculation modes for your convenience:
In Continuous Measurement mode, VH-80 measures at a set time interval providing live change along with your movement. Since VH-80 takes the left, right and total value simultaneously, this mode is incredibly helpful in finding midpoints or sectioning.
By acquiring two values in a row, VH-80 can quickly calculate the Area of your space. The movement efficiency of VH-80 is most highlighted by equations like area and volume because you can acquire the necessary values by just turning your wrist once, instead of traveling and crisscrossing the space.
VH-80 can acquire theVolume of a space with three consecutive measurements. Like the area mode, VH-80 is powerful for these occasions. With three flicks of the wrist, it's incredibly easy to finish this task as well.
Pythagorean Theorem Mode makes an indirect measurement by measuring two sides of a triangle to acquire the third. This is most helpful when you need to measure lengths that are large and in view.
When we make measurements, we usually need to do it more than once. VH-80 has an internal memory that keeps a record of up to 9 measurements. But guess what? Welcome to 2017. We have an app for that. Your smart device receives data live from VH-80 through Bluetooth 4.0, and with the internal memory of a smart device, the number of measurements you can save is practically infinite.
But here’s the really cool thing about the app. You can quickly construct plans of your measuring activity directly on a photo reference.
The goal with the app is to streamline and effectively organize your measurement activities on the spot. Too many measurements can be hectic even if it's automatically ordered. And jotting down a sketch of a plan requires multitasking that largely hinders your work efficiency. That is why VH-80 with its smart application is an ideal upgrade to your process. Just measure, drag and drop. That's all it takes!
The accuracy of the laser measurement is ± 3mm with class II laser diodes. Each diode can measure up the 40m - making it a total of 80m possible. The device weighs only 150 grams. You can hang it lightly from a strap around your wrist or neck and keep your hands free all day while keeping it close by at your need. The clear white backlit simple interface allows you to work in darker environments without hesitation.
VH-80 is a class II laser which is harmless to the human skin, except the eyes. Always be careful with eyes and lasers!
VH-80 runs on 2 AAA batteries. While rechargeable lithium ion were considered at development, two factors had us decide for the former: first, applying cell batteries allows VH-80 from physically sizing up. and second, considering the environment for measurements particularly in the fields, finding an electric outlet and waiting to recharge the device seemed less appealing than quickly swapping to fresh cell batteries.
VH-80 uses Bluetooth 4.0, also known as the Bluetooth Low Energy, which ensures an immediate and stable bluetooth connection with extremely low energy use. That's why it was possible to have the Bluetooth connection run consistently on VH-80. So you only have to connect from your smart device, instead of fumbling with both devices trying to run the signal at the same time for synchronization.
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The first conception for VH-80 started in Late 2014. It's been over two years now since, and after 3 prototypes, 3 patents, and 3 new team members later, Magpie Tech is ready to present VH-80 for you!
Please check out our Prototype Gallery at the top of this page for more details on how we got here + beyond! We will be continually updating the gallery during the campaign on any tweaks or news on the product along with our Update Tab.
As of now, our rewards cards only consist of the VH-80 device itself, but we have stretch goals to fill up the basic package. We look forward to our packaging design stage which will be updated and shared with you as soon as we gain a sense of what will be added to the pack!
Business Pack & Retail Project : If you're interested in the rewards with large quantities, but not specifically 10 or 30, please let us know! You can leave a comment here, shoot us a message on Facebook or Instagram, or email email@example.com. We can open an extra rewards card for you, kind supporter.
At Magpie Tech, we are particularly vigilant on deadlines. That's why we are confident enough to initiate a special reward card like the "Express Delivery Pack". Any progress or news will be updated to Kickstarter first, and you bet we will keep this timeline matching our update timeline as well.
If you have any questions about our timeline and process, please leave us a comment, contact us by any of our social media accounts, or check our FAQ section at the bottom of this page.
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The Magpie team considers coordination and mediation as our foremost value as a company. The world is full of opinions and imaginations. Our goal is finding new and improved solutions within the disparate state, by respecting one another’s different values and tuning those paths into solidarity.
Therefore, it is a priority for us that our technology and product development processes involve and communicate with our communities. Crowdfunding our new project, VH-80, is an exciting and important opportunity for Mapgie for that exact reason. We cannot wait to work with the new community that forms around the future of globalized technological development and manufacturing.
As Magpies symbolize the coming of an unexpected good visitor, we strive to bring unexpected good to your life as well. With innovation, ideation, and passion in our back pockets, Magpie Tech will work to bring new ideas to the table everyday to improve everyday life. Thank you for your support!
Risks and challenges
As all tech kickstarter campaigns justly state, it is inevitable to have unexpected obstacles within the timeframe of manufacturing up to delivery. Our job is to reduce that chances to a negligible size. All five of our managers have years of previous experience working concepts and prototypes to full production and working with manufacturers. We have been in conversation with reliable suppliers and production facilities for the past months in preparation for VH-80 as well.
General shipping costs and frees regarding international shipping has also been accounted for in our reward tiers. We have been having meetings with various reputable global shipping companies to find the best reliable deal for our backers from any part of the world.
VH-80 has been rigorously tested and prototyped throughout the past 2 years. Since its conception in December 2013, the primary factors in editing the models were affordability and mass-producibility without losing the key qualities as a laser measuring device. Therefore, at this stage of its development, we are confident in the logistical and practical aspect of manufacturing VH-80. Please check out our Prototype Gallery at the top of this page for details. All we need now is your help and support to bring this piece of awesomeness to life!
We will be diligently posting updates on the process and keep an open line of communication with the community. If you ever have any questions, concerns, or advice, do not hesitate to reach out here on kickstarter or any of our social media platforms.Transparency is power!