Handyman-Friendly Walabot DIY Plus Sees Through Walls
The Walabot DIY Plus Wall Scanner, shown at the recent Pepcom NYC event, sees inside concrete and drywall. It works in tandem with Android smartphones not only to identify positions of wooden or metal wall studs but also to pinpoint behind-the-wall locations of electrical wires and water pipes, ensuring that the do-it-yourselfer can circumvent accidentally sawing or hammering into them.
The device, which can “see” into walls to a depth of four inches, tethers to the back of a smartphone and uses an app that works with RF (radio frequency) waves and echoes what it has found to the user, identifying what it has seen by object type. This gen-2 version of the product ($89.95) adds the capability of seeing through lath and plaster. Three different sensing modes are available: Panoramic, Images and Expert. The Expert Mode provides a direct view of the unfiltered RF signal so that curves within the objects viewed can be observed in more detail. The device can map large areas, and enables snapshot-taking for offline viewing and analysis.