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Future I-160 - High resolution metal detector

All of our metal detectors and geophysical detecting instruments are part of the "FS - Future Series", a line of our latest technology to detect buried objects and underground structures. Beside the measuring instruments it includes our 3D software which assures a detailed analysis of the measured results.

The Future I-160 metal detector is able to detect different ground structures and natural features of the ground. It's a professional metal detecting instrument with a 50 cm long multi-sensor antenna. Inside are 16 elliptical area multipoint sensors (EAMS) with a resolution of 0,015 uT and a sampling rate of 50 Hz. This very unique multi-sensor array is able to reflect scanned ground data in a graphical representation within the Visualizer 3D software. Thus the device is able to detect different structures and natural features of the ground like for example:

Controller and Power Pack of Future I-160 metal detector
An operator is using Future I-160 metal detector to locate underground utilities
  • metal canisters, tanks, boxes
  • voids, backfillings, grave chambers, caves and tombs
  • steel pipes and water conduits
  • water deposits

The Future I-160 metal detector is a professional measuring instrument with a very high resolution antenna of 50 cm width. Compared to the Future 2005 with its 100 cm antenna the Future I-160 has a four times higher density of measured data. Compared to the Earth Imagers with its 16x lower resolution the device is most suitable for the professional archeological and industrial use. This fact is reflected also in the graphical representation inside the software Visualizer 3D.

Certification Labels
Certified German Detection TechnologyView Certificate

Certified German Detection Technology

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Wireless data transmission

Wireless data transmission

Compliance with CE policies

Compliance with CE policies

Detailed graphics are the basis for an exact determination of the size and depth of objects. Because of the compact form of the antenna the device is not only usable for the measurement in even ground conditions. Besides the usual graphical representation the device provides two more particularities. On the one hand it makes buried object immediately visible with the horizontal live picture and on the other hand a typified ultrasound scan can be created with the vertical antenna.

The Future I-160 metal detector detects steel pipelines, water pipes, storm drains and gas pipes

The device includes the following functionality:

  • accoustical magnetometer
  • high resolution ground scans in 3D
  • live picture with horizontal ground scan antenna
  • live picture with vertical pin pointing antenna
  • graphical analysis on a computer

Because of the integrated microprocessor technology ground balance, depth measurement and data storage will be performed automatically by the Future I-160 metal detector. The evaluation of the measured data takes place at the computer where the scanned area can be analyzed in a three-dimensional graphic with the help of the software Visualizer 3D.

Here we present some relevant discoveries, which have been located. If you also made a discovery or know somebody who made a fantastic find with our metal detectors, just write us an email or use our online form!

One of our customers found some late medieval artifacts in North Iran with the 3D ground scanner Future I-160 at a depth of 6 meters.

In 2008 an amazing discovery has been made in the United States by using our device Future I-160. Some group of treasure hunters detected a buried brass canon, filled with jewelries and gemstones. Next to it a beautiful jade dragon has been detected.

Geophysical investigations with the metal detectors Future I-160 and eXp 4000 over an unimpressive field in Belgium unearthed astonishing discoveries. For 90 years it was hidden deep under the surface of the Belgium ground but now the underground bunker system is explored by british scientists. This is the start of an exciting time travel back into the time of World War I ...

The Future I-160 detected a crashed fighter plane from World War II in the heart of London.

Report about the discovery of aircraft bits near RAF Coltishall.

  Future I-160 - User's Manual (english)
  Future I-160 - Benutzerhandbuch (deutsch)

In the following table you can see the complete delivery contents and all optional accessories. The used symbols have the following signification:

x times includedx = x times included
not included = not included
optional available, only for additional charge = optional available, only for additional charge
DescriptionFuture I-160
3D software ( "Visualizer 3D" )Yes1
Control chipYes2
Control unitYes1
Horizontal probe with 16 sensorsYes1
Power Pack incl. charger and travel adapterYes2
Telescopic rod assemblyYes1
Ultrasound probe with 16 sensors ( 3m )Yes1
USB bluetooth dongleYes1
User's manualYes1
Waterproof and shock resistant Peli caseYes1
Windows Tablet PCYes1

The following technical indications are medial values. During operation small variations are quite possible.

Control unit

Operating temperature
0 °C - 70 °C
Storage temperature
-20 °C - 60 °C
Air humidity
5 % - 75 %
Dimensions (H x W x D)
430 mm x 150 mm x 260 mm
about 3 kg
12 VDC
Motorola, 32 MHz
Resolution (magnetometer mode)
0,015 uT

Data transmission (Bluetooth)

2.4 – 2.4835 GHz
Maximum Transfer Rate
1 Mbps
Receiving Sensitivity
-85 dBm
Maximum Range
approx. 100 m

Computer, minimum requirements

CD-ROM drive
minimum 4x
Interface (Data transmission)
Free disk space
minimum 50 MB
Working memory (RAM)
minimum 256 MB
Graphic card
minimum 128 MB, OpenGL-compatible
minimum 1.2 GHz
Operating system
Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10

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