Meet the sinister-looking army of robots that could soon be crawling through your pipes

A sinister-looking army of robots may soon be crawling through your water pipes.

The spider robot “SPD1” is designed to sneak into houses on reconnaissance missions and carry out maintenance.

Equipped with a 360-degree camera, operators are able to control them with a gaming pad.

Japanese robotics firm TMSUK say they have developed the bot in response to failing sewer infrastructure and a lack of workers.

The robots can investigate and work individually or in groups; with the first leading the way, the second recording the surveyed location, and the third doing the required “works”.

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