11 Parenting Tasks Made Easier by Photo Measurement Technology


Becoming a parent is probably the biggest change you’ll ever experience in life. Technology — such as the ability to measure the images in your photos—that can help pick up the slack and streamline mundane activities is a huge benefit when you’ve got bigger and better things to worry about than remembering to bring a tape measure.

1. Planning the Nursery 

You can measure the room before you head to the store, but once you’re standing among rows of baby furniture, trying to visualize all the different permutations of cribs and changing tables, all those numbers go out the window. Instead, just snap a quick pic of anything you’re considering and compare the sizes once you’re back home in the space where all these things will actually go. 

2. Measuring Your Child’s Height 

While you’re measuring everything else in their life, don’t forget to measure your little bundle of joy. With photo measuring technology, you can use your family photos to chart your child’s growth from baby to toddler to—dare we say it?—teenager. 

3. Double-Checking Their Car Safety 

Most parents know to put their baby in a car seat, but studies now show that many parents transition their kids to regular seats too soon. To be safe, measure your children regularly—they shouldn’t be out of their booster seats until they’re at least 57 inches tall. 

4. Helping to Decorate for School Dances 

You’ve just found out that your child volunteered you for the Homecoming Dance decorating committee (yippee!). Make your shopping list in a snap by taking a photo of the gymnasium with your tablet. Then, use Intel® RealSense™ snapshot to measure all the space’s nooks and crannies and calculate just how many banners, balloons, and streamers you’ll need. 

5. Quantifying Their Athletic Achievements 

She shot that three-pointer from how far away? And launched that home run ball how far into the stands? As long as you snapped a timely photo—and when aren’t you documenting your child’s games?—you can measure the exact distance. Then, keep a chart of your child’s athletic records so you can both marvel in her progress. 

6. Setting Up a Tire Swing 

It’s a childhood staple and now your kids want one. But measuring the height of that perfectly positioned branch to determine how much rope you need is practically impossible—especially if your tree-climbing days are behind you—with a traditional tape measure. Don’t rely on guesswork that could land you with a swing that’s out of reach, just take a picture of the tree and measure the height from the safety of solid ground. 

7. Hunting for Great Gifts 

Keep a photo of your son’s or daughter’s room and your backyard on your tablet and you’ll always be prepared to pick up the perfect gift should you spot it. Having the photo handy saves you a trip back home to check whether that poster, play set, or jungle gym will fit in the allotted space. 

8. Make Moving Easier

As your family grows, you might need your home to do the same. And if there’s ever a time when it’s important to know dimensions (of rooms, furniture, artwork—you name it), it’s while house-hunting. Document everything you see by taking photos so you can compare measurements once you’re back at home. 

9. Setting Up a Basketball Hoop

If you want to encourage your kids to play outside, having a good basketball hoop is a great way to do so. It doesn’t have to be regulation height from the get-go, but if you have the kind that hangs from the garage or the side of the house, photo-measuring technology is great for determining the hoop’s ideal height for your kids’ skills. 

10. Building a Tree House 

Earn your place as Parent of the Year by building your kid a custom tree house. Use photo-measuring technology to help create a blueprint for your building before heading to the hardware store for supplies. Being organized will make the construction that much easier—for you or your contractor. 

11. Helping Furnish a Dorm Room

Parenting isn’t over once the kids are off to college, and you wouldn’t want it to be! Snap a few different shots of their new digs when you drop them off at school that first time and you’ll be set to send perfectly-proportioned gifts, like a new rug that’s just the right size, without having to hassle them for measurements. 

Kids grow up so fast—don’t miss a second! Using Intel RealSense snapshot you can chart their every growth spurt with a simple snap of a photo. Learn more here

11 Things You Didn't Know You Needed to Measure

A simple measurement—made even easier by photo measuring technology—will save you wasted time, energy, and effort in the following scenarios. It never hurts to arm yourself with as much information as possible, especially now that innovative technology has put accurate, easy measurements at your fingertips. 

1. Doorframes and Hallways in Your New Apartment Building 

Even if you don’t live in New York City, where cramped stairwells and impossibly small apartments are just part of the charm, you’ll want to know ahead of time which of your current furniture will actually make it into the new apartment. Sure you love your four-poster bed frame or oversized couch, but if it doesn’t even fit through the building’s front door, wouldn’t you rather know that before moving day? 

2. Every Room in Your House, For When You Spot the Perfect Addition 

Even if it’s not new, every house is a work in progress. Be prepared to pick up the perfect statement piece to complete the look with photos of each room that you can measure whenever you happen to spy a great work of art or end table when you’re out and about. 

3. How Much Your Nieces/Nephews/Grandkids Have Grown

Of course you’re going to take a picture of the kids whenever you see them, and now when you say, “My, you’ve grown so much since last time!” you’ll be able to check how much is so much.

4. Your Snowmen 

Tap into your competitive side next time there’s a substantial snowfall and challenge friends and family to a snowman-building contest. When they’re all complete, snap a photo and measure up—award points for both size and style. In fact, the competitors don’t even have to be in the same place for this contest to work. Build your respective snowmen and share the photos amongst yourselves. 

5. How Much Air You Got 

Whether you’re jumping off the diving board or leaping off the ice for a triple axel, have someone document your athletic endeavors and later you can find just how much air you got. If you’re serious about your sport, do this regularly and you can plot your progress. 

6. The Inside Of Your Stove 

Especially if you’re in one of those tiny city apartments. Don’t let yourself buy that giant baking sheet (think of all the cookies!) just to find out it can’t fit in your stove; same goes for oversized casserole dishes. Before you stock your kitchen, make sure you know the dimensions of the oven space itself so you don’t end up with a bunch of useless supplies. 

7. The Distance Between an Outlet and Whatever You’re Plugging In 

This is especially important if you’re talking about an outdoor outlet. Don’t get too carried away with your plans for the perfect poolside margarita maker setup (or other electronic) without first making sure the cord will reach. It’s an easy fix—all you need is an extension cord—but better to know that before your party is in full swing. 

8. Window Height For Curtains

Maybe you think—like many of us did—that curtains are a one-size-fits-most kind of product, but unless you want the lower half of your body exposed or the curtains dragging on the floor, make sure you measure the height of your windows before ordering a set. Skip the rickety stepladder and just take a picture of the windows to get an accurate, reliable measurement.   

9. A Homemade Bookshelf

The beauty of building something from scratch is that you can make it exactly the size you need. Which means you need to figure out exactly what that size is. Consider not just the space you’re going to fit it into but also what it will hold—like if you have any especially tall books you need to take into account or anything else you plan to store there. 

10. Things That Are Just the Right Size

Do your friends have a TV that is large enough to gather around but not overwhelming or a love seat that comfortably sits two but still might fit in your small living room? They might not remember the dimensions of whatever it is you’re coveting but armed with photo measuring technology you can find out in just a snap. 

11. A New Appliance 

Appliances are a big purchase—physically and financially. Make sure you’re plenty prepared by measuring all the different dimensions that might come into play before you head out to compare models. 

From making sure your appliances fit to tracking your family’s literal growth, it’s time to put your photographs to work for you. Intel® RealSense™ technology can turn any snapshot into a useful measuring stick. Learn more here.

11 Ways a 2 in 1 Device Gets You the Best of Both Worlds

Phones, tablets, and computers for work, laptops for gaming—we don’t have enough hands to carry all the devices we need to use on a daily basis! By exchanging your tablet and laptop for a 2 in 1 device you can streamline your computing and lighten your load—without having to make any sacrifices. Here are 11 ways using a 2 in 1 device can help you have it all. 

1. Use It at Work… 

2 in 1 devices inspired by Intel feature the Intel® Core™ M processor, which boasts processing speeds far greater those of its competitors. This means they pack enough power to take on a full day of meetings, presentations, assignments… 

2. … or at Play 

… and games. Your computer use doesn’t stop when you leave the office, and neither do the benefits of your 2 in 1. In addition to increased processing power, Intel-powered 2 in 1 devices feature graphics that are sharper and more vibrant than older models, so you can fully enjoy the visuals of your favorite game. Transform your laptop into a tablet with a flip, swivel, or by detaching the keyboard and you can use it to entertain yourself on your commute or on the couch.

3. It’s Practical… 

When used with its keyboard and mouse trackpad, your 2 in 1 feels as comfortable as your trusty old laptop (but with twice its battery life). It can run Windows, Office, and your favorite desktop apps and Internet browsers. 

4. … and Edgy 

And yet, it’s far from your ordinary laptop. With their razor-thin design, Intel-powered 2 in 1s are ultra sleek, modern, and sexy. 

5. Use it On the Go… 

But the slim design is about more than just looks: 2 in 1s are approximately half the weight of your older laptop and tablet combo, which makes them perfect for taking with you throughout the day. They also have a battery life that outlasts your older laptop or tablet (you can watch hours of HD videos on a single charge), so there’s no need for you to stay within a cord’s reach of an outlet. 

6. … or from the Comfort of Your Home 

2 in 1s offer something for the whole family: You’ll love that you can easily get work done remotely and on your own time, and your kids will love its gaming capabilities. The large screen means you can flip your 2 in 1 into tent mode and comfortably settle in for a family movie night.

7. Use it to Multitask… 

Switch seamlessly from your spreadsheet to your design project to your game with your 2 in 1 thanks to its powerful processor. The 5th generation Intel® Core™ processor family also powers new technologies like facial recognition and voice control, so you can easily switch between tasks—just say the word. 

8. … or Immerse Yourself 

Intel-powered 2 in 1s feature Ultra HD displays, which have up to four times the pixels of full HD. Pop on your headphones and get lost in your game or video—it’s never looked so good. 

9. It’s Reliable… 

The Intel Core M processor with Intel® vPro™ technology features built-in security features that help protect your data, user identities, and network access, so you never have to worry about taking your business home or on the road.

10. … and Flexible 

While your 2 in 1 may be dependable, it’s far from boring. Available in detachable or convertible models, you can switch your device from a laptop to a tablet at the drop of a hat. Spontaneity is the spice of life, and with a 2 in 1 device you can be prepared to go wherever the wind takes you. 

11. You Get More Value… for Less Money. 

In switching to a 2 in 1 device you are not only lightening your physical load—for which your briefcase or backpack will thank you—but are also going easier on your wallet. Intel-powered 2 in 1s, like the Pavilion 15 or 17, can be yours for less than $400. 

By pairing high performance power with a slim, mobile design, Intel-powered 2 in 1 devices give you the best of both worlds. Learn more here.


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