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  • [Review] EasyMeasure - Measure Distances With Your iPhone's Camera!


    A lot of times, it’s just hard to judge exactly how far away you are from certain objects. Wouldn’t it be cool if you could use your iPhone’s camera to measure the distance between your iPhone and the object you are pointing the camera at? A new application has surfaced in Cydia dubbed EasyMeasure by iOS developer cujo30227 that can use mathematical algorithms to accurately measure the distance between your iPhone’s camera lens and the object you are pointing it at. EasyMeasure also works with the iPad and iPod touch.

    EasyMeasure doesn’t use the stock Camera application; instead, it will install a new application, which has an icon on your home screen. From this application, you can calibrate your lens and change a myriad of settings to get your measurements accurately by the inch. The application can also measure in other units such as meters and feet. This informative screenshot from the application shows you how the application works:



    To calibrate your device, you will need to put the device on a flat horizontal surface and a flat vertical surface. Once you do this, you’re ready to begin using the application. You will need to adjust your lens height so the application knows how to judge the object you are pointing the camera at.

    If you find the distance indicators hard to read, tapping on the T button (stands for text) will place nice gray rectangles behind the text so you can read them much easier. As shown in the original image, you can see the white text indicators that show you how far away you are from the object and the lines that visually indicate the mathematical algorithms adding up to the output. These lines change dynamically with your movement and they adjust in real-time.

    While using your camera to judge the distance between you and another object could come off as moot in terms of practicality, just try and reminisce on times when you wanted to know how far away you were from something but you couldn’t get to it with a tape measure, such as being stuck in the back seat of a moving car. The accuracy is pretty good for the average nearby object. The application is pretty unique and shows us the potential of Apple's mobile cameras. Too bad they will probably never add something like this to the iPhone natively.

    Name: EasyMeasure
    Price: 99¢
    Version: 1.0
    Requirements: iOS device with a camera
    Repo: ModMyi
    Developer: cujo30227
    Editor's Rating: / 3.5/5

    Sources: Cydia
    This article was originally published in forum thread: [Review] EasyMeasure - Measure Distances With Your iPhone's Camera! started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 27 Comments
    1. Mrteacup's Avatar
      Mrteacup -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      Too bad they will probably never add something like this to the iPhone natively.
      i would hardly say this is true. every phone will eventually be capable of this stuff. and something like this i would say 3-4 years
    1. Liveitlive's Avatar
      Liveitlive -
      Well... Another one for the purchases list lol
    1. didupart13's Avatar
      didupart13 -
      useful app i think
    1. JoeStorm's Avatar
      JoeStorm -
      I'll give a review. DON'T BUY IT. Few things annoy me more than a developer charging for an app and still putting admob and double click ads in it. if you charge for an app, take the ads out.
    1. emeritus's Avatar
      emeritus -
      JoeStorm is right. Shameless behavior.
    1. n0m0n's Avatar
      n0m0n -
      Had a Android device 2 years ago and there was a few app's that did this same exact thing.
    1. nzlotrfan's Avatar
      nzlotrfan -

      This developer has just stolen the app from the Apple App Store and is now selling it by himself. The app is free on the App Store, but you can pay to upgrade to an ad-free version.

      I stand corrected if cujo30227 is indeed a part of Caramba App Development.
      App Store - EasyMeasure - Measure with your Camera!
    1. n0m0n's Avatar
      n0m0n -
      About 2 years ago I had a Android device and there were a few app's that this back then.

      It would be nice it this was offered as a official app in the App Store
    1. vikrants's Avatar
      vikrants -
      Quote Originally Posted by n0m0n View Post
      About 2 years ago I had a Android device and there were a few app's that this back then.

      It would be nice it this was offered as a official app in the App Store
      It is!! just look for Easymeasure!
    1. The6uest's Avatar
      The6uest -
      Where do you see Ads at in this app? I just got it yesterday but haven't seen any Ads show up.

      Quote Originally Posted by n0m0n View Post
      Had a Android device 2 years ago and there was a few app's that did this same exact thing.
      There's been AppStore apps for years that did this too.
    1. AGIAMIU's Avatar
      AGIAMIU -
      Quote Originally Posted by nzlotrfan View Post

      This developer has just stolen the app from the Apple App Store and is now selling it by himself. The app is free on the App Store, but you can pay to upgrade to an ad-free version.

      I stand corrected if cujo30227 is indeed a part of Caramba App Development.
      App Store - EasyMeasure - Measure with your Camera!
      it is unbelievable how you can do something like this and ask money for it.
    1. imperialto's Avatar
      imperialto -
      i had tried this app, it doesnt work that well by any means. Standing 1 foot from door knob tells me its 3ft away, measuring object down the stairs is 10ft when its more like 60, tried the different calibration settings such as height and stuff to no avail. Numbers I gave are just example, only so much of it can be due to user error, but it happened even as i was adjusting my height and stuff
    1. celeron's Avatar
      celeron -
      Nice tweak, might try it out. Never thought I'd see something like this at cydia
    1. The6uest's Avatar
      The6uest -
      Quote Originally Posted by imperialto View Post
      i had tried this app, it doesnt work that well by any means. Standing 1 foot from door knob tells me its 3ft away, measuring object down the stairs is 10ft when its more like 60, tried the different calibration settings such as height and stuff to no avail. Numbers I gave are just example, only so much of it can be due to user error, but it happened even as i was adjusting my height and stuff
      It doesn't appear to state this in the app but it does not work when measuring something that is not on the same plane as you are. Such as when you measure something down the stairs, the phone is not at the same angle as it would be if it were on the same floor as you. That means you have to angle the phone 'down' more and it thinks the object is closer than it really is. And instead of measuring the door knob, try measuring to the bottom of the door.
    1. JimboHurt's Avatar
      JimboHurt -
      Quote Originally Posted by JoeStorm View Post
      I'll give a review. DON'T BUY IT. Few things annoy me more than a developer charging for an app and still putting admob and double click ads in it. if you charge for an app, take the ads out.
      Amen
    1. nzlotrfan's Avatar
      nzlotrfan -
      Quote Originally Posted by n0m0n View Post
      About 2 years ago I had a Android device and there were a few app's that this back then.

      It would be nice it this was offered as a official app in the App Store
      Did you not read my comment directly above yours?
    1. desepticon's Avatar
      desepticon -
      Does this actually work with any accuracy? How do you calibrate a 3GS that has a rounded back?
    1. buggsy2's Avatar
      buggsy2 -
      Wonder why they released this in Cydia and not the App Store?
    1. averigualotu's Avatar
      averigualotu -
      Quote Originally Posted by buggsy2 View Post
      Wonder why they released this in Cydia and not the App Store?
      is in both app store and cydia
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      So..
      What's the difference between the cydia version (99 cents) and the app store version (free) except the fact you can upgrade the app store version to an add free one with more features.

      What am I missing?