Two Danish engineers are hoping to reinvent one of the most
basic tools in the maker’s arsenal — the multimeter.
Their vision for what a 21st-century multimeter should look like
is the Voltset. It connects to your smartphone, is capable of
auto-logging and calculation and has the ability to extend its
capabilities with additional sensors. It also requires no batteries
“We thought, ‘Well, it’s obviously more helpful to base it on
the smartphone that everybody brings and just make it an extension
of what you already use,’” explained Bruun-Larsen in an interview with Fast Co.
When connected to your phone, it starts a companion app that
automatically displays the most relevant information for your
project. You can chart, log and share readings, as well as export
to Excel. An APK will allow developers to write extensions and
The Voltset will support Android and Windows Phone by the time
of its launch in December, with iOS functionality planned over
Bluetooth before Spring 2015. It’s CAT II capable, meaning you can
use it around the house — but not on your fusebox just yet. “We
are improving it to be CAT III capable,” the pair say on the Kickstarter page for the project.
With 68 hours to go, that Kickstarter has raised almost $100,000
(£58,000) — comfortably above the $60,000 (£35,000) that Michael
Bruun-Larsen and Tom Wang had requested from crowdfunders.
If you want one, it’ll set you back $100 (£59) — with delivery
scheduled for December 2014.