Spike Laser Crosshairs (Laser Distance)
Spike Laser Crosshairs (Laser Distance)The laser crosshairs indicate where the laser is pointing and will always be in the middle of the image. The laser measures the distance to the target and is used to scale the image. By understanding the optimal position to point the laser (crosshairs), you can increase the accuracy of your measurements.
Same surface as measurements and alignment rectangle.
The laser distance is used to scale the image, therefore, it is important that the crosshairs are on the same surface as the measurements and the alignment rectangle. In this example, to measure the windows the crosshairs need to be on the same surface as the windows.
Where possible, place the crosshairs in the center of alignment rectangle. In this example, the crosshairs are in the center of group of windows so the outside frame will be used for the alignment rectangle.
Laser must hit a solid surface.
When measuring windows point the laser (crosshairs) onto the frame or as close as possible to the window. In this example, the crosshairs are on the door frame.
The crosshairs are always the center of the photo.
When you attach the Spike device you must align the Spike laser with the camera of your smartphone or tablet. This applies an offset value so that the crosshairs do indicate the position of the laser.
Tip: Watch the laser alignment video tutorial.
Laser distance is displayed underneath the crosshairs.
When capturing an image, the laser distance must be greater than 6ft (2m) and ideally greater than 20ft (7m). The laser distance will be recorded and can be viewed under “Details”.
Check the laser distance by moving the crosshairs on and off the target.
Move the crosshairs on and off the target and check the distance underneath. If the distance does not appear correct, check that:
- You are hitting the correct target.
- The laser is hitting a solid surface.
Avoid highly reflective surfaces.
The laser does not like highly reflective surfaces. Point as close as possible to a reflective surface and then point to the reflective surface, and check the distance.
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