Laser Tape Measure

Challenge

General Tools, a century old manufacturer and leader in precision specialty, measuring and inspection tools came to Forge with a concept to combine the old with the new: a 16 ft. tape measure with an integrated 50’ digital readout laser distance measurer.

Process

The design and engineering team worked from a well-defined brief built from General Tool’s user research to guide development.  Forge developed the tape’s aesthetic and ergonomics under a Design for Manufacturability framework that included General Tool’s production partner in order to get this first-of-its-kind measuring device to market with no disruption to the aggressive launch timetable.

Outcome

The final design infused the form factor – overwhelmingly preferred by users – with aesthetic and ergonomic enhancements to highlight the 2-in-1 features and present a distinct character linked to General Tools.  Simple and bold product graphics focused on the unique feature combination make for a powerful shelf presentation.

Laser Tape was rolled-out at the 2017 National Hardware Show to a strong reception.

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