PipeGuard is the name of an innovative new pipeline robot, developed by a team of researchers and engineers at MIT, that is capable of being inserted into fire hydrants in order to search out potential leaks in water pipelines.
What's unique about this pipeline robot is the fact that its shape is inspired by a badminton shuttlecock. The robot comes fitted with a special rubber attachment that expands once the robot is inserted into a pipe. This allows the robot to detect pressure changes in pipeline walls, which are indicative of potential leaks.
While there are other pipeline robots around, what sets the PipeGuard apart is the fact that it can instantly be adapted to pipelines of all kinds of diameters, thanks to the fact that it relies on an expanding rubber umbrella, which expands until it detects the inner walls of a pipe. This allows for more flexible and accurate use in a variety of industrial environments.