This Unstoppable Robot Could Save Your Life

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This robot has applications to archaeology, space exploration, and search and rescue - with a simple elegant design inspired by a plant. Sign up to Morning Brew for free today:
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Special thanks to A/Prof. Elliot Hawkes, Nicholas Naclerio, Margaret Coad, David Haggerty for appearing in this video and showing off your amazing robots. For more info on vine (and other types of) robots check out, and
Research at UCSB supported in part by the National Science Foundation grant 1944816, by an Early Career Faculty grant from NASA’s Space Technology Research Grants Program, and by the Packard Foundation.
B-roll footage of robots from the supplementary materials of (Hawkes et al., 2017), and from Stanford University
Additional info on the intubation vine robot here:
References: Hawkes, E. W., Blumenschein, L. H., Greer, J. D., & Okamura, A. M. (2017). A soft robot that navigates its environment through growth. Science Robotics, 2(8). -
Coad, M. M., Blumenschein, L. H., Cutler, S., Zepeda, J. A. R., Naclerio, N. D., El-Hussieny, H., ... & Okamura, A. M. (2019). Vine robots: Design, teleoperation, and deployment for navigation and exploration. IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine, 27(3), 120-132. -
Blumenschein, L. H., Coad, M. M., Haggerty, D. A., Okamura, A. M., & Hawkes, E. W. (2020). Design, modeling, control, and application of everting vine robots. Frontiers in Robotics and AI, 7. -
Haggerty, D. A., Naclerio, N. D., & Hawkes, E. W. (2019, November). Characterizing environmental interactions for soft growing robots. In 2019 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) (pp. 3335-3342). IEEE. -
Naclerio, N. D., Hubicki, C. M., Aydin, Y. O., Goldman, D. I., & Hawkes, E. W. (2018, October). Soft robotic burrowing device with tip-extension and granular fluidization. In 2018 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) (pp. 5918-5923). IEEE. -
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Edited by Trenton Oliver
Animation by Ivan Tello
Filmed by Derek Muller
Thumbnail by Ignat Berbeci
Music by Jonny Hyman and from Epidemic Sound

Nathan Berrigan
Nathan Berrigan Time siden
Vascular stents seems like an obvious application.
Anym 3 timer siden
thing is, is that nature always seems to be the best option. wings for planes? efficient bullet trains? this robot?
Meelek Edits
Meelek Edits 5 timer siden
I saw a video from Brave Wilderness where they caught Bloodworms, and they do exactly what these machines do
Alex Gilbreath
Alex Gilbreath 5 timer siden
I feel like this would make running wires behind a wall soooo much easier.
pixelator 5 timer siden
narrator: "what else can you think of to do with it?" narrator after video uploads: "shouldn't have said that. i should NOT have said that"
Dylan Janos
Dylan Janos 6 timer siden
Oh no...
AwfulMusik 8 timer siden
Tentacle robots? I could get used to that.
David Manske
David Manske 8 timer siden
Masks make anything lame
akhtar razzan
akhtar razzan 9 timer siden
Luis Raposo
Luis Raposo 11 timer siden
For the sever constipated patients. With a little lube or soap aaand, walahhh! 💩
Bob Oakshields
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Attack of the Triphids
Boogeyjosh563yeahh 19 timer siden
A bike inner tube hooked up to a air compressor without and tire lol
dwatts64 21 time siden
I guess I'm really confused how it works. Like I understand the demonstration with tape, but then I see the one that looks completely clear and I see no mechanics or anything that would be guiding it or steering it and I just don't understand how it's turning or why it works at all... OMG I'm sorry I tried watching again to see if I missed something... And apparently I didn't pause it when I went to the bathroom. Right during the part where he explains how it works lol.
I like Oranges
I like Oranges Dag siden
Im just waiting for them to have enough intelligence to star in a adult show about 2d girls getting.... I'll leave the rest up to your imagination
CrowF10 Dag siden
hentacle tentai....
Pqu1try Dag siden
I’d like to put it up my
brian bersch
brian bersch Dag siden
One thing I was thinking is plumbing unclogging pipes, or running electrical wires through walls. Or the tip one being used for running pipe or wires through the ground leaving the surface in disturbed and much cheaper then directional boring. Unclogging vanes from blood clots
Caden Renner
Caden Renner Dag siden
Why didn’t the @Mark Rober
5Mr.Cartoon Dag siden
This helped save those kids stuck in a Cave in Malaysia or Indonesia (I don't remember) after Elon Musk tweeted about it.
Ikraznek Dag siden
5:49 Watching this I just got an idea: You technically only have to articulate the first let's say 1.5 of the snake, while doing it with outside chambers works fine to a certain degree, the longer the robot gets the less control you have. What if you put your "control muscle" on the inside of the first 1.5m where you attach your cable and camera?
Vinny Real
Vinny Real Dag siden
this is hilarious
Saleem Musliar
Saleem Musliar Dag siden
There are thousands of bedridden patients to whom enema is given to remove their stool, this enema works only in the lower side of large intestines. After giving enema probably this robot could be used to pullout the hard stools from Transverse colons. We recently faced with this issue with our mother
Anelka Lee
Anelka Lee Dag siden
Him: It could hold up to 1000kilograms. *robot burst So u r a 1000kilograms?
Brian Lingden
Brian Lingden Dag siden
So useful. This is what soft robotics is all about.
Donavan B LoForte RPN, RCRT, LCRT
Donavan B LoForte RPN, RCRT, LCRT Dag siden
I've seen this video weeks ago.
Sleepy_Joe Biden
Sleepy_Joe Biden Dag siden
*Му дiск when I take viаgга*
Sanjeet Villa
Sanjeet Villa Dag siden
Nice concept
Arolema Prarath
Arolema Prarath Dag siden
I hope this robot can find every hole in my body like what Hentai Tentacles would do🤤🤤🤤
ebi Dag siden
_" and what else can you think of to do with it?"_ i could tell you, but i don't think you'd like to know...
Alexandre Bouchard Dumais
Alexandre Bouchard Dumais 2 dager siden
ItzMrFizz 2 dager siden
Finding the 10MM socket that i dropped in my engine bay!
soiung toiue
soiung toiue Dag siden
pandemic makes one thing abundantly clear: Your health needs to be a priority. Not just someday, but right now. Did you know... Obesity, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, type 2
Edjumicated_ Gamer
Edjumicated_ Gamer 2 dager siden
I have better ideas than this onnthe daily. And you do you if youre a free thinker. Go for it! Change your life by writing your idead down
Zefat Chowdhury
Zefat Chowdhury 2 dager siden
So basically a robot balloon that is unstoppable. Now we need to just add google eyes and then we get a robot snake.
samuel 2 dager siden
Is there a company that makes them?
lou m
lou m 2 dager siden
This is not a robot it's air and plastic.
Think Quickly
Think Quickly 2 dager siden
Landon plays
Landon plays 2 dager siden
It kinda looks like something from tremors
Chapulinix 2 dager siden
Other talk about robot: Me rewatching 9:58 :is that jesus ?
Jippidyjappers 2 dager siden
Coronary angiography, would be interesting to explore.
Iván De León
Iván De León 2 dager siden
Looks pretty useless to be honest
Doggo 2 dager siden
my dog can do that
Baby Bebbi
Baby Bebbi 2 dager siden
I’ve gotten so used to seeing people with masks on I didn’t even notice they had masks on at first-
Martine 2 dager siden
Apical dominance is the mechanism by which plants grow. 🤓
Mr Peanut
Mr Peanut 2 dager siden
6:00 guys every morning
Fish Season
Fish Season 3 dager siden
On a smaller level maybe battle ants? I'm currently battling ants...
Markus 3 dager siden
tbh we use these kinds of low preassure air cushions for decades in fire service all over europe to lift things (we also have high preassure variants for other applications)
Watch The Social Dilemma
Watch The Social Dilemma 3 dager siden
Hi. I recommend you watch the documentary "Processed People". I'm not a troll, just someone who wants to spread awareness. Why? Well, because: "A deadly global pandemic makes one thing abundantly clear: Your health needs to be a priority. Not just someday, but right now. Did you know... Obesity, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, type 2 diabetes, cancer, and other chronic illnesses are all fueled by diet and lifestyle choices - and they make infections more dangerous." This was a quote from the "Food Revolution Summit Website", which you can visit. Please just consider it, it won't cost you anymore than a little bit of time, and you could actually benefit from it. Thanks.
aron canapa
aron canapa 3 dager siden
As someone whose been intubated 3 times that's cool
Nana&Popo IceClimbers
Nana&Popo IceClimbers 3 dager siden
So a controllable worm or tentacle 🤔
Sorta Cool Facts
Sorta Cool Facts 3 dager siden
Now imagine if that robot was a fully sentient being: that’s literally the furure of AI :O
PartyPenguin78 Dag siden
@Sorta Cool Facts oh. lovely.
Sorta Cool Facts
Sorta Cool Facts Dag siden
@PartyPenguin78 I have to confess: I’m actually a tentacle robot in real life 😎
PartyPenguin78 Dag siden
don’t tempt the geniuses, we don’t want tentacle hentai unless of course we do..
Typical bamboozler
Typical bamboozler 3 dager siden
I mean to make it able to change direction what if you had like 4 strands of thin like fishing line inside the device as it grows. you could pull each one individually to change its direction? Idk 🤷🏻‍♂️ just a thought haha if it works I want some royalties 😂 lol seriously though this is interesting.
bocoy noiu
bocoy noiu 3 dager siden
Plant: grows toward sun This guy: I suddenly feel inspired to create a robot that expands out of itself so as to move
Simon Anton Ehie
Simon Anton Ehie 3 dager siden
This technique is used alot in practical movie effects!
MarnZzZz 3 dager siden
Imagine being stuck in debris after a earthquake and you jsut see a giant plastic worm craeling towards you
Hunter the Parmesan Cheese Smoker
Hunter the Parmesan Cheese Smoker 3 dager siden
You forgot the morning brew link I don't see it in the description?
Hunter the Parmesan Cheese Smoker
Hunter the Parmesan Cheese Smoker 3 dager siden
@bocoy noiu it is when you add all the sensors, cameras and intelligent features..
bocoy noiu
bocoy noiu 3 dager siden
Honestly this is very cool but I’m not shure if you can call a inflating tube a robot
Hunter the Parmesan Cheese Smoker
Hunter the Parmesan Cheese Smoker 3 dager siden
They need to take this to the pyramid of Giza and travel through those tiny shafts
Well Mefisto
Well Mefisto 3 dager siden
People who make any difference. Hats off for these guys. 👋👋👋👋
Jay Antonio Lee
Jay Antonio Lee 3 dager siden
Etiquette Gaming
Etiquette Gaming 3 dager siden
check Linus tech tips, You definitely look like the metahuman on the right
Ethereal Joy
Ethereal Joy 3 dager siden
9:44 Excuse you! They're called "Wacky Waving Inflatable Arm flailing Tube Men" and they deserve your respect.
Вадим Владимирович Тимофеев
Вадим Владимирович Тимофеев 3 dager siden
Did you heard about LYAGULYALYULIN?
AGRICULTURA Y Mas 3 dager siden
The visual is insane lol!
Jacques De Beauregard
Jacques De Beauregard 3 dager siden
The first utility that come to my mind is to help the house building industry to draw electrical or data cable into tight spaces
Stroys 3 dager siden
Combine thus technology with AI and 🤯
Philip Hubbe
Philip Hubbe 3 dager siden
When it came out of the sewer drain it was kinda creepy
Athol Dickson
Athol Dickson 3 dager siden
They could use it to repair leaking pipes. Send it down the pipe, then leave it there as a liner.
Mithul Narayana
Mithul Narayana 3 dager siden
The engineer looks like Howard from BBT
Do Lut
Do Lut 3 dager siden
9:40 oh please...we all know what it really looks like
Do Lut
Do Lut 3 dager siden
7:27 long wiggly shaft in narrow shaft
PhoenixEye 3 dager siden
Honestly this is very cool but I’m not shure if you can call a inflating tube a robot
Shannen Saez
Shannen Saez 3 dager siden
Really cool applications for this! I know a lot of people will think hentai robots but what... If it can sell these prototypes as they develop and reach into mainstream markets then everyone benefits
Ryan Bale
Ryan Bale 3 dager siden
So we can finally send something up our ass m straight out our mouths, science is amazing
Roy HausdesMüllers
Roy HausdesMüllers 3 dager siden
Please tell the people to create such robots for medical endoskopie. I am a doctor in this field and we need such innovations.
SwitchLite 3 dager siden
Run cables through a house.
The Knightikins
The Knightikins 3 dager siden
This is basically the coolest stupid looking machine.
Sun Xiaoxin
Sun Xiaoxin 3 dager siden
All I’m wondering is what is jumping /flying on the water in the background at 9:58 to 10:00
Christopher Shin
Christopher Shin 3 dager siden
Nature inspires men. And men inspires technology.
Artiom Timosenco
Artiom Timosenco 3 dager siden
i have a question if a bullet is traveling a long enough distance for it to be weak and slow will it hurt the same way a regular punch to the face does and how far does it have to travel to achieve this result and is it even possible ?
J B 3 dager siden
i went to texas a&m and i couldn't help but think of how useful this device would've been during the 1999 bonfire collapse. a big problem that the firefighters had was trying to get inflatable pillows to the people trapped under the logs so that the logs wouldn't crush them as much. because there were so many tightly-packed logs, it was hard for the firefighters to find a path to the victims and bring the pillows to them, but if this machine existed back then, they could've gotten the pillows to the people much quicker and with less concern about causing further collapse when crawling through the pile. they wouldn't have had to find human-sized tunnels through the logs, this machine could find it's way through, and along with the pillows, the machine could've brought medical supplies to the victims as well. though i wish we had this technology back then, i'm glad that disasters like the bonfire collapse will be handled much better in the future.
jeremy nom
jeremy nom 3 dager siden
i guess some women found how to use it already
Gerard Tan
Gerard Tan 3 dager siden
The fourth law of robotics: A robot shall only serve its original mode of purpose except where it would conflict with the first 3 laws..
The Hero
The Hero 4 dager siden
You know what, I really wasn’t expecting steerable inflatable tubes. I really wasn’t.
Thomas Herd
Thomas Herd 4 dager siden
Isn’t it interesting that such a brilliant idea was Mimicked from nature!?
ShakeyBoyzs 4 dager siden
Markiplier smarter cousin
Judah Sh
Judah Sh 4 dager siden
its an interesting thing, but when you run out of material, that's its limit. this robot could also be used underwater, just replace the air pressure with water and there you go, diving to where you need it.
Stratonov16 4 dager siden
DatBoi TheGudBIAS
DatBoi TheGudBIAS 4 dager siden
Wtf that robot is very strange XD
Shivam 6000
Shivam 6000 4 dager siden
Bhai Naya video dal na plzz
J V 4 dager siden
Is my ham sandwich considered a robot too?
vbddfy euuyt
vbddfy euuyt 4 dager siden
When the Dr said where he got the idea from I'm sure vine sounded better than blowing down a McDonald's straw wrapper 🤣
Elliot Blake
Elliot Blake 4 dager siden
Science man wears mask outside.
Arnau Ampurdanès
Arnau Ampurdanès 4 dager siden
"So where did the idea for this device come from?" Slenderman, just Slenderman.
Masud Hosein
Masud Hosein 4 dager siden
This guy gives me Mark Rober vibes
vbddfy euuyt
vbddfy euuyt 4 dager siden
Mmmmm tentacles
reese :/
reese :/ 4 dager siden
Veritasium you know what you did YOU KNOW WHAT YOU DID
hiccup1001 4 dager siden
Imagine a game show where you had to hide in a maze from three people controlling a vine robot each.
Potato #754
Potato #754 4 dager siden
Now I'm worried that some sort of balloon is gonna come out the toilet while I'm on it..
Hannah Lack
Hannah Lack 4 dager siden
Guy talks about how hard intubation is then admits he has no training in intubation. Like a doctor wouldn't be yanking the intubation device around on an actual patient, don't make people scared of important medical practises.
CaptainBlagbird 4 dager siden
How is the camera attached to the front? As I understand it, the the tip is always "replaced" by the next part of the inside tube. So how is the camera kept on the front?
TheDtrein 4 dager siden
This could help in nature conservation and wild life management. For instance, using the robot to lift a beached whale from off the sand can make it easier to move back into the sea. Or the darting of a large mammal such as an elephant in the middle of nowhere ( where time is crutial).
MiccaPhone 4 dager siden
Why is the title of this video in German???
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