Vayyar Imaging has created the WalabotDIY – a device for home renovators and DIY enthusiasts that can see through objects, liquids, and materials. As someone in the midst of a bunch of renovating, it’s devices like this that give me confidence to put a nail or screw into a wall without fear that I’ll create a disaster.
At an introductory price of $165 – the normal price will be $220 – that’s a lot cheaper than calling a plumber or electrician in to fix something.
WalabotDIY includes Pan Mode, which lets you scan an entire wall and combine everything detected into a single image to create a ‘map’ of what’s behind your walls. It can detect multiple studs, pipes and wires, follow the path of pipes and get a full picture of things that are hidden from view.
WalabotDIY is compatible with all Android smartphones 5.0 and higher, equipped with USB OTG. It connects to the back of the phone and can be used to scan the wall. Images of objects hidden behind the wall are then projected on the smartphone’s screen. WalabotDIY also helps users know precisely how deep to cut or how far to drill to avoid damaging pipes, wires, and objects hidden behind walls. Additional features include an adjustable sensitivity setting for optimal calibrations on particular renovation and construction projects, three sensing modes and the ability to seamlessly snap photo screenshots for use in offline analysis.