Taylor Digital Measuring Cup and Scale

Another must-have gadget for your kitchen that is very practical and can replace your existing analog, boring tool. The Taylor digital measuring cup measures both dry and liquid ingredients, and displays it on the LCD screen on the handle.

It can convert weight to volume for water, milk, oil, sugar, and flour. It can display both metric and imperial units and weigh in increments of milliliters, cups, fluid ounces, grams, and pounds.

No need to change batteries – a long-life Lithium battery is embedded.

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Price: $34.95
(Please note prices are subject to change and the listed price is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of posting)

The “Electronic” Ruler – redefining stationary

Electronic Ruler

I’m sure no one’s thought of this idea before – turning an ‘analog’ ruler into a digital one – but Shay Shafranek has done exactly that. Taking a circuit board, he placed a set of LED digits under a thing strip of wood-like material and added a reset button and little touch-sensitive buttons on the side to detect where the pencil is. The beauty of this is that it can do everything a normal ruler can do, except better of course! Drawing lines of exact length are instantly more accurate with a digital scale, the ruler can help scale drawing by setting it into scale mode (1 unit on the ruler = x units on item) and measuring long distances are easier as the ruler will add up each individual distance when it’s moved!

I think I’d be happy to pay a crazy amount for a ruler like this, but unfortunately it doesn’t seem to be for sale at the moment. In the mean time, there’s a really good presentation of what the ruler can do over at

Ultrasonic Digital Distance Estimator

ultrasonic-dist-measureFrom toy to tool, we can be a bit erratic, but they’re still gizmos and that’s what we’re all about. Actually, to a do-it-yourselfer or a carpenter, this tool is quite a nice little toy! It quickly measures distances and even areas and volumes, by using ultrasonic waves. Just point and click. The exact measurement appears instantly in the display. Quickly and accurately measures distances up to 50 feet. Laser pointer locates the exact spot from which you want to measure.


  • Large, easy-to-read digital screen
  • Calculates total area and volume
  • “Set” feature allows you to choose measurements from the top or bottom of unit
  • Audio signal to indicate when measurement is complete
  • Low battery indicator.
  • Automatic shutoff preserves battery life.
  • Convenient holster attaches to belt or waistband.
  • Uses one 9-volt battery (not included).

Update: One of our fine readers pointed out that this no longer exists. Here’s one from Zircon ($39) that not only uses sonic waves to measure distances, but also includes a laser targeting system. You can also find many more distance measures (laser and ultrasonic) at Amazon‘s Home Improvement store.

Price: $39.00
(Please note prices are subject to change and the listed price is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of posting)

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