Thursday, January 29, 2009

Apple iPhone is the coolest, and keeps getting cooler

Apple is highlighting some of the apps on its App Store via video ads posted to the Apple Web site.

The App Store has become a place of innovation for developers who want to showcase their work while making money, a place to find amusing apps -- and a place that just might make your life easier.

This one is especially cool!

For those iPhone owners who want to measure and find just the right level, Apple has introduced the MultiLevel application, which turns an iPhone into a level with three choices of levels: A surface level, a bubble level, and an inclinometer.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Golf Range Finder with built-in Inclinometer

Bushnell Outdoor Products has introduced the Tour V2 with Slope, a laser rangefinder that delivers performance for players seeking the exact distance to uphill or downhill targets. Bushnell says the Tour V2 with Slope is accurate within a yard. The original Tour V2, introduced early in 2008, is a vertically configured version of Bushnell's line of laser rangefinders that boasts golf-grip touch points for enhanced feel and stability. Similar to the PinSeeker 1500 Slope Edition, the Tour V2 features a built-in inclinometer to provide the player with a compensated distance based upon the degree of incline or decline. It is capable of ranging up to 300 yards to the flagstick and 700 to trees without the need for reflectors. Other product features include: five-times magnification, SCAN mode, in-view LCD display, adjustable eyepiece, multi-coated optics, built-in tripod mount, three-volt battery included. Call 913-752-6105 or visit

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Students Calculate Heights Using an Inclinometer

Math students calculate heights of buildings

Hendersonville Elementary School students Ronnie Monroe, 10, left, Branden Edney, 11, and Martin Zambrano, 10, use an inclinometer to measure the height of buildings on Main Street Hendersonville on Friday. They and other students were working on a math project for school.

By John Harbin
Times-News Staff Writer
Published: Saturday, January 24, 2009 at 4:30 a.m.

If you were walking around downtown on Friday afternoon, you may have noticed children in red shirts measuring the ground and peering into paper tubes, then frantically writing down calculations.

Students from Kerry Stewart’s class spent the afternoon along Main Street figuring out how tall the buildings were. “The children are measuring buildings to see what the height of the building is,” said teaching assistant Rebecca Dinsmore. “Each student is using an inclinometer they made.”

With their inclinometer — a paper tube with a protractor attached and a piece of string — the students peer at the top of the building and use the measurements to determine its height.

“They measure the distance from where they are standing, and they can determine the height of the building without having to climb the building,” Dinsmore said. Eleven-year-old Frances Coss said she had fun measuring with her friend, Folline. “We learned that the city has a height limit of 80 feet,” she said. “We were trying to see if that was true.”

Coss’ friend, Folline Williford, 11, said the project was fun. “Except when we had to stand in the middle of the road,” she said. Williford explained that the students measured 500 centimeters from the building, then used their inclinometers to determine the height. Adam Dunaway, 10, said he thought it was cool learning the heights of the buildings.

All of the students’ hard work will be compiled and entered into the school’s upcoming math fair in February.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

3-Axis Level Bubble for Cameras

...a random flash of genius from Brando


I don't really know the inner workings of renowned crapgadget manufacturer Brando. I assume, much like Family Guy episodes, their products are composed by a tank full of playful manatees, dunking balls featuring random gadget features through hoops according to their strange under-seacow whims. Most of the time what they come up with is crap, but every so often, they come up with a good one.

And this is that good one: a three-axis bubble mount that fits into the flash bulb socket of your camera. Sure, for most shots outside of wedding and school pictures, mathematically perfect levelness isn't terribly important if you've got the other fundamentals right. But for $11, this could go into your camera bag without a single wince of regret, just in case.

3-Axis Bubble Level [Brando via Oh Gizmo]

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Industrial Product Profiles - Boom Angle Indicators

Boom Angle Indicators - as listed on The Portal of Industrial Products Finder web site, India,, a nice industry product finder search

Indicating and Recording Instruments

Rieker's popular 4120 Model "ball in tube" style boom angle indicators (or inclinometer) are now available in a highly visible backlit model for increased visibility (Model 4120wwl-12v available in right and left hand versions)!
These units are not effected by outdoor elements. These are made tough (100% Polycarbonate) and will not rust, freeze, or otherwise "hang up" like old-fashioned pendulum styles. Like all of Rieker's instruments, each indicator is properly dampened for smooth reliable readings. These are designed to be easily mounted with two screws, which allows for quick and efficient retrofitting in the field. The unique design allows viewing from the operator cab (below), spotter (on side), and above.
Commonly used on cranes, derricks, fire trucks with boom ladders, off-road lift or fork vehicles, or any equipment where boom angle indication is a must! Boom angle indicators are used in tandem with the manufactures load chart to provide a guide for safe operating conditions.

Rieker, Inc.
34, Mount Pleasant Road
City: Aston, PA 19014, USA
Phone: +610- 500-2000, +800-497-4523
Fax: +610- 500-2002