Vayyar's sensor can look through walls to detect structural foundations. Vayyar's sensor can look through walls to detect structural foundations. Vayyar's sensor can look through walls to detect structural foundations. (Photo: Vayyar)

Company invents actual X-ray vision technology, and is using it to save lives

It can see through a foot of concrete, a glass of milk and even scan the human body for cancer.

Remember when X-ray vision was the stuff of science fiction novels? Well, that's no longer the case, thanks to one company whose technology makes it possible to see through objects.

Vayyar Imaging is a 3D-imaging company based in Tel Aviv, Israel. Its sensors work by scanning an object and creating a 3D image of its content. Originally created and designed to detect breast cancer, the company's technology is being used more broadly today.

"We soon realized that our sensors can be used in multiple markets – more or less in every scenario where non-destructive testing and the ability to detect different anomalies in an object is needed," Raviv Melamed, the co-founder of Vayyar Imaging, told From The Grapevine.

The startup created sensors that can see through nearly a foot of concrete, and the radio waves its sensors use are safer than X-rays. The use of radio waves also makes it less expensive to use.

One clever use for the product is in the agricultural industry. "Imagine being able to stop irrigation in fields when the water got to the lowest roots?" explained Melamed, who received a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Ben-Gurion University in Israel. "There would be no more wasting of water. Having a sensor in the ground that monitors the real-time humidity of the ground, and then sends the information back would conserve and save huge amounts of water and money."

The sensors are also able to give you the nutritional information of drinks like milk.

Originally created and designed to detect breast cancer, Vayyar's technology is used in many sectors today.Originally created and designed to detect breast cancer, Vayyar's technology is used in many sectors today. (Photo: Vayyar)

Vayyar is already working with Fortune 500 companies, mainly in applications like in-wall imaging, monitoring the safety of aging populations, and irrigation. They also have plans to expand to an additional clinical center to increase and expedite the testing of their breast cancer imaging device.

So what else does the future hold? They will be showing off the technology at the popular Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January. The company just secured a new round of funding and Melamed said there are plans to grow the team, expand into new markets, and continue developing their innovative technologies.

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