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See Through Walls with Walabot

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The device, which attaches to a smartphone, will let plumbers, drywallers, electricians, and just about anyone else with an interest see what's behind a wall surface before beginning repair or reconstruction work.

Since it first entered the market about a year ago, the Walabot has been available only for users of Android devices (some Samsung devices are excluded). The company says that an iOS version is coming soon, and offers a signup page where iPhone users can enter their email address to be apprised of updates on the app's availability.

The Walabot DIY pack, as the device is known, currently retails for $199. It can detect metal and plastic pipes, electrical wires, studs, termite nests, and even moving rodents. It can be used on surfaces made of drywall and cement, plus some others, including tables, though not with surfaces made of metal, such as walls and barricades. (Thankfully, it's no good for a jail break.)

The Walabot can "see" through walls to a depth of 4 inches, which is a standard-sized cavity between a pair of interior walls built onto 2 x 4-inch studs.

Users can adjust the deice to the needs of a specific construction project. They can also map larger areas and capture snapshots that can be analyzed offline.

Raviv Melamed, CEO and co-founder of Israel-based Vayyar Imaging, which developed the Walabot, told TechWorm, “Walabot’s technology is simple and intuitive, so people with any level of experience can use it to enjoy and better the world around them. It can help the blind avoid obstacles, sense — and alert you — if your mother or father has fallen in the shower, help your robot become autonomous, and much more.”


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Jim Lillie

Jim began writing for newspapers and designing for publishing companies at a time when both industries were just beginning to make the switch from manual to digital platforms. Jim lives in Boulder, Colorado with his teenage son.

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