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Google AR ‘Measure’ app turns Android phones into virtual measuring tapes

/ 06:56 PM June 23, 2018

Image: Google Play Store/Measure

Google’s augmented reality app “Measure” turns ARCore-compatible Android smartphones into digital measuring tapes, as reported by Ars Technica.

Using the app appears to be rather simple. Simply launch Measure, point the phone’s camera to an object, then pick two points to measure the distance in between. The virtual tape measure can measure either height or length.


Measurements done by the app are not always accurate. For that matter, an accuracy range at the bottom of the screen shows the margin of error for measurements.


While measurements would still be best done with a physical tape measure or ruler, the app can at least act as a stand-in and provide an estimate. This may come in handy for large objects like lamp posts or even buildings where tape measures would be difficult to use.

App performance differs from phone to phone depending on how well the device implements ARCore, said the report. Users found Measure didn’t work as well in a Samsung Galaxy S9 as it did in Google Pixel phones. ARCore has been mostly limited to high-end devices so far. Alfred Bayle /ra

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