Wndsn Telemeter Introduction

Idea and principle.

A tool for makeshift navigation and rangefinding, the flagship Wndsn Telemeter enables you to do more than merely guessing distances. Find an object of known size at the distance you need to measure and let the baked in trigonometry do the rest for you; all by aligning the provided string across the scales.


The Idea

How can we ensure successful navigation, rangefinding, and local positioning in adverse conditions where guesswork isn’t good enough?

At Wndsn, we ask two questions in order to devise our solutions:

  1. What happens when the lights go out.
  2. What can we provide that can't be improvised.

When electronics stop working, all our usual strategies and technological solutions are unavailable. Rangefinding can be improvised without specific tools, but we can make a difference by improving the accuracy by one or even two orders of magnitude.

The worst case model, based on our high frequency research, is a reality in which electricity and data networks aren't available or accessible.

The solution is to go back before the age of electricity and look for tried and true knowledge that was good enough for thousands of years. The answer is obvious: low tech.

Navies around the world still (and again) offer sextant training to their midshipmen, knowing that there is always a place for the art and science of low tech (but high utility) navigation. The sextant and its predecessors, traditional celestial navigation, surveying, triangulation, as well as analogue wayfinding techniques form the DNA of our Telemeters.

Who uses our Telemeters and what for?

  • Wilderness explorers who need to determine their position indirectly, using landmarks
  • Urban explorers charting routes
  • Emergency and security personnel calculating dispatch and traversal times
  • Ship navigators for aiding celestial navigation offshore or when close-to-shore, an extra tool to determine a fix on a line of positioning (LOP)
  • Surveyors to create quick working estimates
  • Hunters assessing range whilst targeting fast moving prey
  • Snipers calculating shot groupings in training and reliably converting Mil and Moa to distance
  • Teachers (and students) demonstrating and visualizing trigonometry
  • Parents and children, to gain a better understanding of the world through science

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