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Tape Measures That Go the Distance

November 04, 2001|MORRIS CAREY and JAMES CAREY | ASSOCIATED PRESS

The first tape measure was patented by Arthur J. Fellows in 1868. More than 130 years later, Fellows would be hard-pressed to recognize today's digital, electronic wonder.

As the 25-foot tape is extended, the precise measurement is displayed in a liquid crystal display on top.

Have trouble remembering measurements? It can hold them in its memory chip and repeat them back to you with its voice chip--then or even days later. Some have laser beams that read and record distances, too, while others even allow limited voice recording for verbal notes and thoughts.

Maybe it's time for you to go to the hardware store to take a look.

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