Measuring Silk Straight!

The SILK is an electronic measuring tape that is not a “tape” per se; it’s a steel wire that winds out to do the deed. An electronic feedback on the screen gives you the measure, plus it does stuff like recording multi-time measurements. Since it’s a steel wire, it can be used as a plumb as well thus making it a very handy tool.

SILK is a Red Dot Concept Design Award winning project.

Designers: Liao Yuelong, Li Hongbing & Guo Yang

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  • erik says:

    File this under – Designs by designers who have never actually used the thing that they are designing.

  • erik says:

    File this under – Designs by designers who have never actually used the thing that they are designing.

  • neuronex says:

    How does the wire maintain its rigidity? A regular tape measure maintains its straightened form over a reasonable length – allowing for one person to measure, for example, the height to the ceiling of a room, without the tape flopping over.

    Another thing: With your device you can measure the maximum distance , but you can't go and mark off measurements. Try this: Measure a 3 meter length of wood and now try to make a mark accurately every 500mm…seems like a hassle to me.

  • neuronex says:

    How does the wire maintain its rigidity? A regular tape measure maintains its straightened form over a reasonable length – allowing for one person to measure, for example, the height to the ceiling of a room, without the tape flopping over.

    Another thing: With your device you can measure the maximum distance , but you can't go and mark off measurements. Try this: Measure a 3 meter length of wood and now try to make a mark accurately every 500mm…seems like a hassle to me.

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