Japanese researchers at the Chiba Institute of Techonology have unveiled “Iris”, a “crawling robot that can slide across dirt floors and lift itself over plumbing and other pipes — designed to fit spaces 500 millimeters (19.68 inches) wide and 300 millimeters (11.8 inches) tall, and a remote allows you to steer it around and shoot still images of your crumbling foundation.” Video after the jump.

Currently, the unnamed bot is only being tested on the CIT campus, but prototypes are expected to be unleashed by March 2007, with full commercial production coming by April 2008

[via engadgetNewlaunches]

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