Old measuring instruments get a digital makeover

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Complicated equipment — despite designers' best efforts — can't be replicated on a digital touchscreen without losing some of the ease of use that comes with a physical interface. In the past we've seen Tuna Knobs create physical dials that can be stuck onto the surface of a tablet and used to control music apps. Now a project called Of Instruments and Archetypes has developed a wooden caliper, measuring tape and protractor that wirelessly send measurements to a digital device. Created by Belgium's Unfold, with help from the Netherlands' Kirschner3D and UK-based designer Penny Webb, each of the devices comes…

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