01 Dimensioning Instrument


The InstruMMents pen uses the right kind of technology to upgrade an age old user experience. The pen replaces the trusty-old yet potentially-frustrating measuring tape, presenting itself as a vastly smaller, and infinitely more powerful alternative. Using a magnetic roller and a guiding light, the dimensioning pen can measure everything from straight lines, to curves and even corners. It doesn’t have an end, like a tape, so you can go on and on for meters (feet, if you don’t like the metric system!). The pen is accurate to the nearest 0.1mm, and syncs with your phone to display and even record measurements. The pen comes with a sensor that allows you to capture contours of the things you measure, so it doesn’t act as just a scale, it acts as a contour gauge too… More at YD.

Somehow I have missed this product in the past, but it looks amazing.

The smart hairbrush


As the clock struck midnight on December 31, the year 2016 finally came to an end. There was a hope—after the great political rift created by Brexit, the uncharted territory of president elect Donald Trump, and the deaths of numerous beloved celebrities, to name but a few of 2016’s horrors—that 2017 would be a far more positive affair.

Instead, 2017 has brought with it the introduction of the smart hairbrush. Yes, my friends, no longer must you go without instantaneous feedback on hair pull, frizziness, and brushing patterns via the joys of an iOS or Android companion app as you brush your hair. So many sleepless nights, now saved thanks to L’Oreal and perpetual IoT-tinkerer Withings… More at ars technica.

So how do you describe a product that is smart for the sake of it, that is pointless and that only harms people’s view of smart technology? ‘Utter shit’ would do it. Thanks to Bob for the link.