A group of friends had been searching for buried treasure in the Ukraine for over a decade. They formed a club of metal detection enthusiast treasure hunters who used traditional metal detectors to find a wide variety of valuable items beneath the surface.
As many people know, metal detectors can be great fun. They can help find all kinds of metals from coins to old hardware, even gold sometimes. Treasure hunting can be a fun and sometimes lucrative hobby. But the technology driving treasure hunting hasn’t changed at the consumer level in years. That same group of friends decided to do something about it.
Air Metal Detectors have developed a way to use sensors built into a typical metal detector, but removed the top, antiquated control block found on commercial detectors.
Air Metal Detectors uses a Bluetooth connection to connect the shaft and sensors on the metal detector to the smartphone. The accompanying mobile app offers metal discrimination, manual ground balance and a much more intuitive user display than we’ve seen in metal detectors, ever.
The coil (shaft) itself features a secondary display that will allow users to check the current battery status of the coil. All of the electronics are protected by the coil’s waterproof casing.
Using the smartphone as the control block also allows for a lot more flexibility. Available now for Android, the company plans to bring a multi-frequency version that uses the accelerometer to power on when Air Metal Detectors comes to iPhone later this year. They will also integrate the phones GPS and mapping capability so that treasure hunters can plot their discovers right from the detector itself, effectively creating two devices in one.
With the smartphone acting as the control block it also allows for flexibility with software and more innovation. Down the road the team may be able to expand on the app and help people better identify the treasures below the surface.
You can find out more about Air Metal Detectors at CES 2018 in Las Vegas, January 9-12th in Eureka Park, booth #52845 and online at airmetaldetectors.com
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