The SmartLevel was conceived in 1985 by Andrew G. Butler, who formed Wedge Innovations in 1986 in the basement of his home in order to develop and market this level. The company developed the sensor technology and software necessary to build the WedgeLevel. The heart of this tool was an electronic sensor circuit connected to a microprocessor capable of measuring the tool's orientation.
Collection documents the invention and development of a new hand tool, the SmartLevel, an electronic builder's level, including company management and policies. It contains design notebooks, detailed technical drawings, financial statements, correspondence, operational records, advertisements, etc.
Series 1: Corporate Records, 1985-1993, address the overall management of Wedge Innovations and documents its policies.
Series 2: Engineering Records (1985-1994) document the design and development of the SmartLevel, including design notebooks and detailed technical drawings.
Series 3: Financial Records (1986-1992): Wedge's summary financial statements.
Series 4: Marketing Records (1986-1992) document customer and dealer relations through correspondence, operational records, advertisements, photographs, and videotapes.
Series 5: Operations Records (1990-1992) document the manufacturing process and the company's offshore operations.
Series 6: Product Development Records (1987-1992) document the company's intended development of an entire "Smart Tools" line.
Series 7: Corporate Culture series (1985-1996) contains employee photographs and oral history interviews with key Wedge personnel.
Records of Wedge Innovations, 1985-1996, Archives Center, National Museum of American History