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Published on December 18th, 2012 | by Greg


Prexiso iC4: Closing The Distance With An iPhone

Are you an architect, interior designer, superintendent, realtor, or homeowner who regularly needs to measure lengthy room distances? Do you also own an iPhone 4 or 4s? If so, then you’re the target audience for an interesting, niche product that gadget-lovers will drool over and definitely can make your life easier.

The Prexiso iC4 is, simply put, a laser measuring tool that connects to your iPhone. We’ve seen ultrasonic solutions, and some others, but this one offers a host of advantages (and a couple of downsides as well). It’s incredibly accurate (to .12″), easy to use, and fun. But it’s also fairly bulky and requires extra batteries.

Setup is simple- just dock your phone to the device and download the free Prexiso app from the App Store. Throw in a couple of AAA batteries (helpfully included) and you’re ready to measure. No more awkward rules or measuring tapes. We tried distances large and small, and found it fast and precise- just press a button and you’ve got your distance displayed. Apparently, it can also work with apps like MagicPlan for floor planning.

Battery life was surprisingly limited (rated at two hours, but you’re largely taking measurements for a moment at a time, they claim up to 3000 measurements and we never needed to change batteries). The laser is safe for your eyes too.

Available now, online and in stores, for $150- a bit expensive perhaps, but the Prexiso iC4 is unique and well-built.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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