Despite what you might think, the Bagel has nothing to do with food. It owes its name to the round shape of the device, strongly reminiscent of – you guessed it – a bagel. Compared to widely used laser distance meters, the Bagel has several additional functions. It has three measurement modes: String, for measuring distances with a pull-out string (such as the circumference of a pipe); Wheel, for measuring distances on curved surfaces with a tracking wheel (such as the backrest of a chair); and Remote, which works roughly the same way as a conventional digital distance meter. Unfortunately the last mode does not use a laser, but instead a generally less accurate ultrasonic transducer.
The Bagel also has a memory with room for 100 measurements and a memo recorder for adding voice comments to measurements, and it can send measurement data to a smartphone over a Bluetooth link. There is a lot of interest in the Bagel. If you’re fast, for $69 you can still reserve a Bagel from the production lot planned for November.