Ryobi Phone Turns Smartphones into Home Improvement Tools

By: Joey Haar - Dec 19, 2016
References: ryobitools & machinedesign
'Ryobi Phone Works' is a tool kit unlike any other. While many handymen take pride in the contents of their tool box, quality tools are expensive, and not everyone has the funds to build a solid set. Ryobi Phone Works is a kit that lets anyone own a suite of high-tech equipment without having to empty their wallets. Rather than selling smart tools, the kit takes advantage of consumers' smartphones to power it.

Ryobi Phone Works is a set of tools that use the software on consumers' smartphones and an accompanying app. The tools in the kit all connect to smartphones via the headphone jack, meaning that they are compatible with the majority of popular phones and operating systems. The phone then becomes an interface for controlling the various devices.

Tools in Phone Works include a laser level, a moisture meter, an inspection scope, a laser distance measure, a stud finder, an infrared thermometer, and a laser pointer.