We have been doing house improvement tasks for years right now. I dropped count number years ago, but the total quantity needs to be in the hundreds of all styles, effort and sizes levels. Many moments the construction included ripping into something with just some fundamental idea what We were to find. Well, Walabot guarantees the DIY may alleviate this nagging issue. The DIY can be apparently capable to discover thru components and into wall space up to four ins heavy. When Julie informed me about this gadget my instant believed was “natural snake essential oil” but I decided to discover if the Walabot DIY actually will function magic. Therefore, let’s discover how it will go…
The Walabot DIY is engineered to attach to your “see” and smartphone within the walls of your house, workplace or any surface area covered in cement or drywall. The sensor array can penetrate up to 4 ins into wall space and find studs, metal and plastic pipes, and electric wiring. The Walabot DIY application provides you a visible manifestation of what it feelings behind your drywall, tile, and/or tangible panel.
The Walabot DIY sensor and electronics are encased in black plastic and is approximately the footprint of today’s much larger smartphones but is about twice as thick. Its type element is certainly extremely identical to a regular back-up electric battery. The back again of the DIY sensor offers a round magnet inlayed into the plastic material allowing the gadget to stay to the back again of your Google android smartphone. The magnetic connection between the metal and sensor disk could be more powerful. The entire period I was using the mated gadgets it sensed like the two could possibly fall aside.
There is a microUSB and an USB 3.0 constructed into one of the bottom expire of the DIY gadget.
Enough oddly, the just operational port in the DIY device is the microUSB part of the USB 3.0 slot. Your smartphone strengths the DIY via microUSB wire. Once linked, the Walabot smartphone application walks you through the setup process the first time it can be used by you.
The number of compatible devices is relatively limited presently, simply because of the writing of this review, the DIY just works with Android smartphones working Lollipop, Marshmallow, and Nougat with microUSB. Though simply because observed on the Walabot internet site the Take note 7 and LG G4 are not really backed. Julie attempted using the DIY with her Nexus 6p and an adaptor to join the two…it do not really function.
Structured upon their website, it appears Walabot is working on a solution for iPhone users. Along with an iOS app, it would most likely require a specialized microUSB to Lightning cable to power the unit and communicate with your iPhone.
Here is the app interface you see when using the Walabot. You need to calibrate the device before every use. You can toggle between drywall and concrete depending which surface you are trying to see into. You can also switch the interface to see the raw data (seen above) or “pipe” view based on what you’re attempting to discover. The application is able to take snapshots of the screen in procedure also. The upper right hand graphic affirms the smartphone and sensor are communicating. Below that a depth measure is displaying how deep into the wall structure the wire, tube, or stud can be.
We tried the Walabot almost all around the home but eventually ended up in 1 of our bathing rooms that will a great work illustrating electrical, real wood stud, and PEX drinking water tube beneath both cement/tile and drywall all within a small area.
This is what the DIY shows me when looking at electrical wiring running along a wood stud sitting behind 5/8″ drywall in both data and pipe views.
This is what the DIY shows me when looking at a classic wood 2 by 4 stud behind 5/8″ drywall.
This is what the DIY shows me when looking at PEX plastic water piping behind 1/2″ Hardieboard and ceramic tile.
If this video is watched by you from the Walabot website, it displays ways to get it operational and how it is suppose to operate.
We hate to say it, but We find the Walabot DIY a clumsy, mediocre electronic stud finder that requires a semi-dedicated Android smartphone to work with the results not worth the effort. A $20-30 electronic stud finder requires no prep time or hassle to get the job done. I grant you the Walabot DIY can locate water pipes and electrical wiring but anyone with any experience at all would know the approximate location of either in a bust into a wall or demolition type of situation. The DIY is normally $249 but is currently on sale for $199…either way, it’s a relatively expensive (niche) tool that a homeowner may use a handful of times or a professional might never need.