“Tool use is evolving, and we want to make sure you’re a Millennitool – not a Neandertool!”
The much-anticipated prospect of connectivity in power tools and measuring devices has become a solid reality with the arrival of several new Bosch Professional products.
These tools are connected to your phone or tablet via Bluetooth – for sending, receiving and storage of information. A small Bosch connectivity module can be bought with the tool or purchased separately and simply slotted in later. Connected tools and their users communicate via the free downloadable Bosch Toolbox app, which accesses a growing range of time and effort-saving aids.
“With these connected products, we are ushering in a whole new era in the evolution of tool use,” says Steve Hillier, Marketing Director at Bosch Professional Power Tools. “In our communication materials we’ve had a bit of fun by illustrating that development as a progression from primitive ‘Neandertool’ origins through to today’s ‘Millennitool’ age with its connected tool technology.”
Planned key capabilities of the Bosch connectivity system include asset management and tool location, quick tool registration and personalised settings, fault alerts, condition and usage reports, and remote control. Importantly, the system has been designed to integrate new functionalities as they evolve.
Steve continues: “Bosch connectivity not only puts users a step ahead of their competitors today but future-proofs their businesses by equipping tools to benefit from continuing advances. The range of functions offered by the Toolbox app will go on expanding and, looking further ahead, the connectivity module will be easy to upgrade or replace if developments require it.”
Bosch is focusing this month on four new tools with connectivity: the GSB 18 V-60 & V-85 C Professional Combi Drills, GSR 18 V-85 C Professional Drill Driver and GWS 18 V-125 SC Professional Angle Grinder. Each features the latest powerful, highly efficient and long-lasting brushless EC motors, along with state-of-the-art protection and control systems. KickBack Control, Precision Clutch and LED afterglow are among the functions which can be adjusted, personalised and memorised via the Toolbox app.
As an added incentive, anyone buying one of these connected power tools complete with connectivity module before 30.06.17 can use the app to claim a versatile, stylish, ultra-modern Withings “Activité Steel” activity tracker, worth over £135.
New connected levelling devices, the GCL 2-50 C & CG Line Lasers, will hit the shops in April. Along with strong green laser light and a user-friendly design, they offer remote angle adjustment as one of their key connectivity advantages.
“These connected tools, and the comprehensive range that will follow them, offer a new way of working that’s faster, smarter, more efficient and future-proof,” Steve summarises. “Together with our Toolbox app, they will allow you to upgrade yourself as well as your equipment. Tool use is evolving, and we want to make sure you’re a Millennitool – not a Neandertool!”