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Have you ever gone to take a quick measurement of something but struggled to track down a ruler or a tape measure? It may sound like a minor inconvenience, but now there’s a much easier way — and it’s available right in your pocket.
Many of the latest Samsung smartphones feature depth-sensing cameras that can be used to accurately measure the world around you, right from your phone. Paired with an app like Samsung’s Quick Measure, which is available for free on the Galaxy Store, you can quickly get estimates of distance, length, area, and even human height and 3D measurements.
To use Quick Measure, just point your smartphone at the object you’re measuring, drop tags and your phone will quickly calculate distances and dimensions. It’s a great tool for anyone who wants to get quick estimates of indoor or outdoor spaces without the need for extra tools.
Imagine you’re a contractor, and you need to take some measurements of a space for an estimate. Or, you’re a real estate agent and want to send specific information back to a potential buyer who perhaps doesn’t have time to tour a house with you.
Quick Measure is possible because of the DepthVision cameras incorporated into many of Samsung’s latest phones, including the Galaxy S20+, S20 Ultra, Note10+ and S10 5G. DepthVision makes instantaneous time of flight calculations, bouncing infrared light off an object and using the timing of the return trip to calculate how far away that object is from the phone.
Upon launching the app, the distance from the surface is detected by the time of flight camera. Next, you drop a pin and extend a virtual measuring tape to get the dimensions you need. You can add additional measurements and then tap to take a photo for reference later. You can easily switch between inches and feet — or centimeters and meters.
It measures more than just distances. Quick Measure is also great for measuring area or volume. For example, point your phone at an item of furniture and you’ll immediately get three-dimensional measurements — extremely handy for interior decoration.