does an instrument exist which can use laser light to determine dimensions such as length, width,  and depth?

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Hello and Good Afternoon Everyone,

          I am wondering if it is possible to locate and purchase a handheld instrument that can use laser light to access measurements like height, width, and depth and transmit this information digitally back to its display.  I am not sure if such a device exists commercially, but, I know if it does, someone on this forum would definitely know for sure.  

          Any shared thoughts or possible leads regarding this interest will be greatly appreciated.

           Thank you

           George
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Commented:
Many laser measuring tools exist. ask your local estate agent what they use to measure rooms in houses.
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What types and scales of objects are you attempting to measure?

Nikon designs and manufactures many LASER-based metrology devices.

You may wish to review this site on Nikon's website.
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there are also apps for devices (pads/phones) with cameras, but do not seem to be as accurate as above

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Hi Everyone,

         I apologize for my failure to explain what I am wanting to do.  Basically, I am getting ready to replace some window blinds and wish to obtain measurements for their replacements.   That said, I am wondering if one of the measuring instruments located below the one suggested by CompProbSolv at https://www.amazon.com/Bosch-GLM-50-Bluetooth-Distance/dp/B015FCJTEA/ref=sr_1_10?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI89ulpZb-5AIVlB-tBh3ynwI6EAAYASAAEgJr5vD_BwE&hvadid=174265347334&hvdev=c&hvlocphy=9032911&hvnetw=g&hvpos=1t1&hvqmt=e&hvrand=16585890837199122358&hvtargid=aud-647006051489%3Akwd-4419625575&hydadcr=8457_9619021&keywords=measuring+laser+tape&qid=1570039916&s=gateway&sr=8-10 might work as well.  Seeing that this device is only going to be used for basic measuring around the house just on occasion, I am interested in something which will accomplish my goal but be less expensive as compared to the one listed within the link.

               George
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https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/40m-131ft-1575in-Digital-Laser-Distance-Meter-Range-Finder-Measure-Diastimeter/263673215167
(plus a pen and paper probably)

That's about $22. Ultrasonic ones are cheaper but less accurate. Neither type will fit the blinds for you, I prefer to go up a step ladder with a tape measure because then I've had a practice climb so know where it will be comfortable to work from when the blinds arrive.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljMo77c0Drk may or may not be helpful when hanging blinds.
Here you go: https://www.amazon.com/Tape-Measures/b?node=553284  Much cheaper and simpler to use.
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for a one tie measurement, i would use a simple meter, as suggested by serialband
the electronic ones will just emty the battery over the years, if not used, and every time you need it, you'll need a new battery…..

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Hello and Good Evening Everyone,

         After reviewing everyone's suggestions in addition to the nice links, I found myself being on the fence or 50/50 with respect to how I want to approach obtaining measurements for the window blinds.  I finally came to the conclusion to just keep it simple by using a ladder and a tape measure.  Besides, it might be months or even a few years before such a need comes around again.  That said, there is simply not enough need at the present time to consider purchasing a digital laser measuring device.  It is nice though knowing such technology is available on the market if I should need it in the future.

          Thank you everyone for sharing your suggestions and resourceful links.  Everyone's feedback was most helpful.

           George
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Commented:
yep simple solution is the best in this case
i have a similar one : i have an electronic multifunction stopwatch from Micronta ( radio shack) and the battery is empty. ( about 2$)
i was on the verge of buying the battery, and then i realised i had not used it for the last 10 years…

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