By Diane Israel
The Internet of Things (IoT) just added a new “thing” to its portfolio. At first blush, it’s just another sensor, a peripheral hardware piece that typically is the data capture point of a wholistic IoT data capture, sharing, and transactional framework. Indeed, IoT sensors are quickly becoming the widgets of IoT deployments as their costs continue to drop — about a dollar each right now and forecasted to be less than a dime each in the next two years.
All good news. But Israeli tech company Vayyar enters the sensor business as the latest sensor disruptor. And by digital disruption, I don’t mean a price disruption but rather a technological advancement so quantum at its very core that the definition itself must gain a second usage. That’s because this sensor doesn’t just capture data from shoppers walking down a retail store aisle, or passing data from a heard of cattle to a central server, or providing health diagnostics of the latest autonomous vehicle.
This sensor actually sees, and sees like Superman…literally. Vayvar’s sensor can, among other things, see through walls, human bodies, closed doors and what we mortals would consider to be otherwise sold objects.
The sensor comprises 72 receivers can also differentiate between human objects and nonanimated ones.
The practical uses include:
- home monitoring
- elderly care
- distinguish between a walking person, a sitting person, or a person lying down
While Vayyar’s product might at first seem fantastical, the device has several practical uses when applied to the fields of breast cancer imaging, elderly care, robotics, retail, and more. The sensor was initially designed as an imaging device to detect cancerous growths, the applications for the product’s technology is now being applied in a myriad of fields.
The hi-tech startup has already raised over $78 million in venture capital. Vayvar’s next vertical target is the automotive industry as an augmentation to current relatively homogenous sensor devices with its smart device that can be configured to act as the car’s extra set of eyes.