See Through Walls With A Simple Phone Attachment
A smart, modern stud finder attaches to a smartphone and lets people see wires, studs or animals inside walls
Walabot DIY is a device that gives you X-ray vision to see through walls. Designed by 3D imaging company Vayyar, the device attaches to Android smartphones (a version for iOS is currently in development) and uses radio waves to let you spot wires, conduits, studs and even living creatures like mice. Traditional stud finders emit beeps when they detect something behind the wall, but the Walabot DIY will actually try to identify what’s behind the wall and show you a raw image of its shape.
The device can detect objects in up to four inches of depth and works on both concrete and sheetrock. According to customers, it is useful for anything from DIY renovations to detecting termites. Makers and builders, meanwhile, can customize more advanced versions of the Walabot, even adding the ability to track people through walls. The Walabot DIY retails for $199.
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Walter de Brouwer is the founder and CEO of Scanadu, a NASA Ames Research-based company with the mission of putting the diagnostic power of a hospital in the hands of the consumer, modeled after the fictional tricorder once imagined in Star Trek. Walter is a Belgian-born technology entrepreneur. He started Scanadu in 2010 after a life-altering family emergency. His goal is to build a suite of smartphone-esque medical tools that reimagine access to healthcare for the people. Prior to Scanadu, de Brouwer ran One Laptop Per Child Europe and founded Starlab. His companies were involved in two IPOs and the merger of Eunet with Qwest Communications (now CenturyLink).
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