‘PipeGuard’ Robotic Device Finds Leaks in Any Size Pipe

Published by , July 31, 2017 12:40 pm

(Futurism)  PipeGuard is a small robotic device capable of finding the smallest leaks in pipes regardless of what they are made of. It can be inserted into the water supply through any fire hydrant, and comes in two models: one which passively floats along a pipe, and another that can be controlled.
The system — which has been in development for 12 years at MIT— uses a small robotic device in the shape of a shuttlecock that gathers data on divergent pressures using sensitive detectors on its rubber skirt. Simultaneously, it monitors its position. When the ‘bot is removed from the pipe using a net, the two sets of data it uploads are crosschecked to find leaks.