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Your antiquated drill doesn't have a touch screen?

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Your antiquated drill doesn't have a touch screen?

https://gizmodo.com/this-depth-sensing- ... 1844466865

To be fair, there are some genuine applications: laser leveling with adjustable angle, automatic depth sensing.

It's a Kickstarter project. Hope they get the money. :)


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I'm practically a caveman by drill standards.
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Does it take selfie and post to FB twitter after every drill well done? Better be tracking heartbeats and calories too. That's what I need minimum.
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Ryobi used to put bubble levels on their drills. Some Walmart style drills still have those.

Having worked in power tool marketing, and launching and failing with fancy crap like this we realized that:
1) pros buy a lot of tools and don’t have time for this stuff
2) people who will rarely ever do more than a deck their whole life want what the pros use
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Ingersoll Rand tools have had displays for years.

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All I can say is gimmick gimmick.

One useful feature would be to have power tools that connect together like the Constructicons:

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They lost me at Kickstarter. It’s on the same level as as seen on tv for many items without a guaranteed delivery.
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Lost me at no hdmi :)
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boyohboy wrote: C'mon... Still HDMI? Need Usbc
That would be in the professional line while the regular diyer line has hdmi :)
2022: BOC raised 6 times and MCAP raised its prime next day.
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why would you need a level on a drill, i never am eye level with a drill, maybe for someone who has never used one before, my current dewalt cordless is 14 years old, original batteries, has been through a full cabin gut and reno, 3 decks, 2 fences, varouis other projects, probably 50,000 screws in its lifetime, not to mention i used it when i was a sparky, the thing just wont die.
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rocking23nf wrote: why would you need a level on a drill, i never am eye level with a drill, maybe for someone who has never used one before, my current dewalt cordless is 14 years old, original batteries, has been through a full cabin gut and reno, 3 decks, 2 fences, varouis other projects, probably 50,000 screws in its lifetime, not to mention i used it when i was a sparky, the thing just wont die.
I have an older Ryobi drill with the multiple bubble levels. The only time it's been useful to me is when I need to drill holes perfectly straight down through thick wood and I don't have a drill press, so the "bulls-eye" bubble level on the back of the drill was useful because if I start at a very slight angle, I would be slightly off on the other side. But yeah, it's not necessary 99.9999999% of the time and if I needed this done regularly, I would use a drill press adaptor.
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jm1 wrote: I have an older Ryobi drill with the multiple bubble levels. The only time it's been useful to me is when I need to drill holes perfectly straight down through thick wood and I don't have a drill press, so the "bulls-eye" bubble level on the back of the drill was useful because if I start at a very slight angle, I would be slightly off on the other side. But yeah, it's not necessary 99.9999999% of the time and if I needed this done regularly, I would use a drill press adaptor.
Anyone who uses a drill much would realize that it can be difficult to hand-hold it at an exact right-angle to the surface in two dimensions, and even more difficult to judge an angle that isn't 90 deg. Sure, some drills have a bubble level that's hard to see, but look at the demo for this drill: It projects a crosshair and circle onto the surface, and you simple move the crosshair into the circle and keep it there as you drill, with your eyes focused on the drill site and not on the tool. That's convenient and accurate, way easier to use than the alternative solutions. We all know what a pleasure it is to use the right tool for the job, and what a pain it is to go back to doing it the half-assed way after you've experienced the right way. I could see this concept succeeding.
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Scote64 wrote: Anyone who uses a drill much would realize that it can be difficult to hand-hold it at an exact right-angle to the surface in two dimensions, and even more difficult to judge an angle that isn't 90 deg. Sure, some drills have a bubble level that's hard to see, but look at the demo for this drill: It projects a crosshair and circle onto the surface, and you simple move the crosshair into the circle and keep it there as you drill, with your eyes focused on the drill site and not on the tool. That's convenient and accurate, way easier to use than the alternative solutions. We all know what a pleasure it is to use the right tool for the job, and what a pain it is to go back to doing it the half-assed way after you've experienced the right way. I could see this concept succeeding.
I see your point and I can see how it's useful, but it's just that I haven't had to do that in the last 15y of renovations. Whenever I did need to be precise, I just did it on the drill press. I can't see drilling through studs or drywall having to be more accurate than I can eyeball.

Mind you, there may be more specialized uses for it, or amateur users that think it's cool and go for it.

I'd rather have the traditional benefits of weight, RPM, 2 speeds, clutch, keyless chuck, and of course durability to survive daily use. Plus, white tools get dirty easily :)

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