According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, 20% of clean water being pumped around the world leaks through the pipes every day. In the U.S. alone, that is about 6 billion gallons of clean water per day not only going to waste but also causing damages as they can cause sinkholes, burst pipes, and destroy walls.
The currently available technology for detecting water pipes leakage exacerbates the problem as it can only discover the leak when already significant damage has taken place. Sometimes, the leak goes undetected completely.
Well, there is a new soft robot that could solve this leaking problem. It has already bagged the 2018 James Dyson Award, a competition held to celebrate up-and-coming innovators and inventors. This robot was created by You Wu, a recent doctorate graduate from the MIT.
The robot, called Lighthouse, is a low-cost bot that has been designed to travel through water pipes in search of leakages. All one needs is to insert the Lighthouse bot inside a water pipe using already available hydrants. The bot will then passively flow along the piping, navigating around the pipe elbows, and discover …read more