New Atlas writer Scott Collie says that for builders, remodelers, and DIY home improvers, avoiding gas lines, water pipes and wiring is tricky if you don't have an in-depth knowledge of the house plan. But a new technology from Vayyar Imaging, a San Francisco-based 3D-imaging sensor company, will allow home owners and professionals alike to see behind the walls with an X-ray vision app of sorts.

WalabotDIY is a sensor that attaches to Android phones (it's not compatible with any Apple products yet) and pairs with a Google Play app through a USB on-the-go cable to read the data as it looks through walls.

Wave the phone over concrete or plasterboard up to 4 in (10 cm) deep and WalabotDIY's creators claim the device will pick up metal or plastic pipes, wiring and studs. There are two different modes available, one of which simplifies the raw data and displays a simple purple outline of the obstacle to make the information easier to grasp for amateur renovators.

"WalabotDIY takes the guesswork out of your next renovation or repair project. It makes all kinds of home repair and renovation tasks easier – everything from hanging a gallery wall, mounting shelving, locating a pesky leak or drilling into a wall without the fear of hitting a pipe or electrical wire," says Vayyar CEO and co-founder Raviv Melamed.

Here's a Youtube video from WalabotDIY of the product in action:

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