This Unstoppable Robot Could Save Your Life

16 apr. 2021
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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

  • 9:40 oh please...we all know what it really looks like

    Do LutDo LutAcum 2 ore
  • 7:27 long wiggly shaft in narrow shaft

    Do LutDo LutAcum 3 ore
  • Honestly this is very cool but I’m not shure if you can call a inflating tube a robot

    PhoenixEyePhoenixEyeAcum 4 ore
  • 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

    Shannen SaezShannen SaezAcum 5 ore
  • So we can finally send something up our ass m straight out our mouths, science is amazing

    Ryan BaleRyan BaleAcum 5 ore
  • Please tell the people to create such robots for medical endoskopie. I am a doctor in this field and we need such innovations.

    Roy HausdesMüllersRoy HausdesMüllersAcum 6 ore
  • Run cables through a house.

    SwitchLiteSwitchLiteAcum 7 ore
  • This is basically the coolest stupid looking machine.

    The KnightikinsThe KnightikinsAcum 8 ore
  • All I’m wondering is what is jumping /flying on the water in the background at 9:58 to 10:00

    Sun XiaoxinSun XiaoxinAcum 10 ore
  • Nature inspires men. And men inspires technology.

    Christopher ShinChristopher ShinAcum 10 ore
  • 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 ?

    Artiom TimosencoArtiom TimosencoAcum 11 ore
  • 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.

    J BJ BAcum 12 ore
  • i guess some women found how to use it already

    jeremy nomjeremy nomAcum 12 ore
  • 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..

    Gerard TanGerard TanAcum 13 ore
  • You know what, I really wasn’t expecting steerable inflatable tubes. I really wasn’t.

    The HeroThe HeroAcum 14 ore
  • Isn’t it interesting that such a brilliant idea was Mimicked from nature!?

    Thomas HerdThomas HerdAcum 15 ore
  • Markiplier smarter cousin

    ShakeyBoyzsShakeyBoyzsAcum 15 ore
  • 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.

    Judah ShJudah ShAcum 16 ore
  • Nice

    Stratonov16Stratonov16Acum 20 ore
  • Wtf that robot is very strange XD

    DatBoi TheGudBIASDatBoi TheGudBIASAcum 21 oră
  • Bhai Naya video dal na plzz

    Shivam 6000Shivam 6000Acum 22 ore
  • Is my ham sandwich considered a robot too?

    J VJ VAcum 22 ore
  • When the Dr said where he got the idea from I'm sure vine sounded better than blowing down a McDonald's straw wrapper 🤣

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  • Science man wears mask outside.

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  • "So where did the idea for this device come from?" Slenderman, just Slenderman.

    Arnau AmpurdanèsArnau AmpurdanèsAcum o Zi
  • This guy gives me Mark Rober vibes

    Masud HoseinMasud HoseinAcum o Zi
    • Mmmmm tentacles

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  • Veritasium you know what you did YOU KNOW WHAT YOU DID

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  • Imagine a game show where you had to hide in a maze from three people controlling a vine robot each.

    hiccup1001hiccup1001Acum o Zi
  • Now I'm worried that some sort of balloon is gonna come out the toilet while I'm on it..

    Potato #754Potato #754Acum o Zi
  • 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.

    Hannah LackHannah LackAcum o Zi
  • 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?

    CaptainBlagbirdCaptainBlagbirdAcum o Zi
  • 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).

    TheDtreinTheDtreinAcum o Zi
  • Why is the title of this video in German???

    MiccaPhoneMiccaPhoneAcum o Zi
  • It technically * could * save my life but as soon as cops get a hold of them the're gonna be used to slither up peoples butt holes and taze their colons

    Amialythis johnsonAmialythis johnsonAcum o Zi
  • Relating not to this vid, but vid you did on luck. Can you continue this, that personality, and good looks also plays a big part on who gets more luck.

    Daveja vuDaveja vuAcum o Zi
  • This could be a less painful way to do bowel exams.

    MopantsuMopantsuAcum o Zi
  • 6:48

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  • I could do that

    Garl The InventorGarl The InventorAcum o Zi
  • Hope to see this on Jackass 4......

    mesa620mesa620Acum o Zi
  • I thought I was watching a plant growing from inside a plastic tube, time lapsed.

    Dewyu NohmiDewyu NohmiAcum o Zi
  • Mmmmm tentacles

    Rewind OGRewind OGAcum o Zi
  • this is the hardest feking d|ldo ever holy sheet

    PhilouDudePhilouDudeAcum o Zi
    • censor is insane shmoly shat

      PhilouDudePhilouDudeAcum o Zi
  • The section about burrowing in sand explains how the sand worms in dune could work!

    Aaron HicksAaron HicksAcum o Zi
  • This would be great in a horror movie

    Aaron HicksAaron HicksAcum o Zi
  • “And what else can you think of to do with it” 😏

    Cameron LinCameron LinAcum o Zi
  • I wonder if it could be helpful during avalanche rescues 🤔

    Gustav HolmströmGustav HolmströmAcum o Zi
  • Any one else make these with the wrappers from those long frozen ice pops as a kid?

    Ben WeigtBen WeigtAcum 2 Zile
  • I feel violated

  • Strong geoduck energy

    zogworthzogworthAcum 2 Zile
  • best robot in the world You know what I mean

    Mr BruhMr BruhAcum 2 Zile
  • I have a feeling there's going to be someone who uses it as, not intubation, but a "urethral catheder"

    A26lolheartA26lolheartAcum 2 Zile
  • Endless idea's for this. Amazing

    terence Sheehanterence SheehanAcum 2 Zile
  • Be great for exploring caves and tombs etc. Brill idea.

    terence Sheehanterence SheehanAcum 2 Zile
  • I wonder if girls would buy this

    Tactical WarbloxTactical WarbloxAcum 2 Zile
  • now, where do those ducks lead

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  • 0:40 - 0:42 You’re welcome

    Jamie DuvenageJamie DuvenageAcum 2 Zile
  • I remember when a few months ago your videos did not get the views they deserved. But now you have been consistent and have improved the quality even more, so you are getting views! Feels good to see your success

    pranjali prasadpranjali prasadAcum 2 Zile
  • You are just Awesome

    Vishal SVishal SAcum 2 Zile
  • Hentai fans : Oh no I'm in a vunlerable position hopefully no robot would abuse this time to do something

    whalpahwhalpahAcum 2 Zile
  • This is too nice 👌🏾

    Leon DlaminiLeon DlaminiAcum 2 Zile
  • hello im hmmm

    WobblyorbeeWobblyorbeeAcum 2 Zile
  • Hentai makers: 🤔😏

    Rifqi MaalikRifqi MaalikAcum 2 Zile
  • or kill us

    kristal kerrickkristal kerrickAcum 2 Zile
  • The idea came from big max

    JaVon WilsonJaVon WilsonAcum 2 Zile
  • This could finally finally satisfy my gf bcoz my 8inch long one just cannot.

    jessie_funjessie_funAcum 2 Zile
  • that is more like a worm

    smileblockbotsmileblockbotAcum 2 Zile
  • Something tells me air compressors don’t work on mars

    Jeremy QuinlanJeremy QuinlanAcum 2 Zile
  • I recall there was a case where some ppl are trapped in underground caves and there water inside. the robot could go under the water and probe to find where the trapped survivors are,.. going through narrow spaces and such.. if it reach them.. it can essential provide them with air via the tube and other things like drinking water.

    Tse Hong LingTse Hong LingAcum 2 Zile
  • I feel this will lead to the scariest form of robot porn...

    Cris BlythCris BlythAcum 2 Zile
  • Змея

    Буратино & золотой ключикБуратино & золотой ключикAcum 2 Zile
  • 🤔

    Gacheru MburuGacheru MburuAcum 2 Zile
  • I'm from Russia and I watch your videos, but I watch your videos from another channel that does Russian voice acting. But I still go to your channel looking for the right video and put a like. It was you who instilled in me a love for physics and I would like to say a huge thank you! You probably won't even read this comment, but I still want to write it. Thanks!

    Кабаняра КлыковКабаняра КлыковAcum 2 Zile
  • This is too good Appreciate This is how science should be used we need robots like this rather robots like Sophia and her other relative clans who claim to teach humans one day and may certainly become a threat to their masters it self.

    Swarnika SinghSwarnika SinghAcum 2 Zile
  • Ahhh yes........:)

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  • Nature is best engineer 😅🙏

    mahesh singhmahesh singhAcum 2 Zile
  • I just watched Into The Spider-Verse earlier and I realized that Doc Ock's inflatable tentacles there are actually more plausible in real life than the classic metal arms. I immediately thought of this video again and it's such a cool thought overall.

    Ineng InengIneng InengAcum 3 Zile
  • 1:33 Me: That looks like a lo(DEMONOITZATION)

  • wow this is incredible

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  • This would be perfect for underwater/ cave exploration. Some of these well off people that go around the world and explore these places then die.

    EdgarEdgarAcum 3 Zile
  • Oh its going into the holes!

    Miguel SorianoMiguel SorianoAcum 3 Zile
  • What are you doing, step bot?

    Edgar MontanaEdgar MontanaAcum 3 Zile
  • It would puncture the lung because it needs air pressure. Need some more development. But still a very good idea. My father could be alive today if there was this thing in the ambulance. It took so long to make him breathe.

    K. Ferhan BatıoğluK. Ferhan BatıoğluAcum 3 Zile
  • I bet some randy person will be tje first person to die since that one man got his dream to get railed by a horse which destroyed his whole intestines.

    Uriel SeptimUriel SeptimAcum 3 Zile
  • This doubt has blown my mind hard.... Plz answer me😩 As we all know, in transverse and longitudinal waves, the medium it self dosen't moves forward, it just moves back-forth /up-down and energy travels through these waves. And this energy is transfered by the above mentioned specefic movement of particles of medium. Now, The question is, to "move" the particles of medium in that way, Some energy is must required. So, dose that means the energy traveling through a wave gose on decreasing slowly? And one thing more, what is the state of this energy which is travelling through the wave and moving through the particles of the medium? of Course it is not solid, fluid, plasma. It Seems similar to gaseous state. So, is energy a gas without any molecular structure? In Dominoes game, when we apply force or give energy to the first Dominoe, it falls on other dominoe and transfers that energy to it. 2nd dominoe falls on 3rd, 3rd falls on 4th and so on. We see the transfere of energy. But we what actually we See is the effect or the work done by energy, we don't see "energy". So, How dose "pure energy" looks like?. We can fill a tank with pure oxygen, can we fill a tank with pure energy?

    Kalpesh KambleKalpesh KambleAcum 3 Zile
  • the inspiration was DEFINITELY not plants - nah, it was waterfowl genetals

    FurbyFondlerFurbyFondlerAcum 3 Zile
  • Attack of the Saving Balloons!!!

    King of Hueco MundoKing of Hueco MundoAcum 3 Zile
  • It can be used to open blocked arteries or veins maybe without the risk of rupturing them

    Rajeev MathurRajeev MathurAcum 3 Zile
  • I need a robot like this to fix my throat and ear and back of the head

    Ade RaAde RaAcum 3 Zile
  • It will be pretty cool if they used a sonar device to track the path ways in unknown underground

    fishyEplayzfishyEplayzAcum 3 Zile
  • I understand that this is kind of a laucher video... and concept is cool. I can think of a few uses. Main one would be a weapon to disperse gas. Could be in a building or a mob of people. The recon aspect is awesome, it'll be cool if it can sustain itself longer without an air compressor. Second is on a larger scale... playing with the push some, could be used for some kind of airlock or exploration. Third, collecting water from a stream for camping, or collecting oxygen from plankton in the ocean.

    Micheal FutchMicheal FutchAcum 3 Zile
  • Where did the smart engineers go. I just see some idiots wearing masks outside.

    Piotr P.Piotr P.Acum 3 Zile
  • Man made octopus

    George ButcherGeorge ButcherAcum 3 Zile
  • Nothing is unstoppable. Perpetual motion machines do not exist.

    RIcky RickRIcky RickAcum 3 Zile
  • Kind of like that water hose they invented

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  • Looks like it can be very helpful in plumbing and HVAC applications as well as other utilities

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  • Fleshlight 2.0 looks craaaazy

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  • Do Photons Have Mass? YES... I Sincerely Beg You To PROVE ME WRONG! ... and the Answer To The Universe Is -42 !!! The Mass of a Photon is Given by: m = (h/cλ) (kg) where, m = mass of a single photon c = speed of light, λ = wavelength of photon “Bozeon Constant” b is as follows: b = h/c (kg m) b =6.62607004x10^(-34) (kg m^2/s) / (299792458) (m/s) b = 2.210219x10^(-42) (kg m) The Mass of a Photon Is: m = b/λ (kg) or, m = 2.210219x10^(-42) / λ (kg) A typical Red photon with a wavelength of 700nm has the following mass: m = 2.210219x10^(-42) (kg m) / 7x10^(-7) (m) Mass of a 700 nm Red Photon: m = 3.1574557x10^(-36) (kg ) PROVE ME WRONG OR… Join The TTOE Team At BRAVE and Help Save Physics From Those With Warped Spacetime Minds: @BozeonResearchAndAEtherVerificationEtaireia Notes To Aid Understanding of what EM Dipoles Particles Are … The “Bozeon constant” “b” converts photon wavelength into the sum of all the masses of the “bozeons” or “God particles” that form the “quantum superfluid” in all particles. “Bozeon” is Polish for “God Particle”, the ethnicity of the Conceivor of EM Kinetic Dipole Theory, aka The Theory of Everything. There are trillions upon trillions of dipoles in a single photon. (more on the exact number later). Everything including all elementary particles are made of complex flows of EM Kinetic Dipoles. A Kinetic Dipole is a somewhat symmetric particle with one end that has more mass than the other. Bozeon’s are Electromagnetic Kinetic Dipole Particles that form the EM field. For better understanding you can pretend for now that the Planck Length is the RMS distance between kinetically colliding EM Dipoles (“Bozeons”). You can also pretend that the “size” of a EM Dipole is about 10^(-42) meters in length. The Dipole Mass Density Gradient in Vacuum determines the local force of gravity. Big “G” simply converts Dipole Mass Density Gradients into Acceleration. All forces EM, Gravity, Weak, Strong, are all calculated from the momentum transfers between kinetic collisions of these EM Dipole Particles. EM Dipoles in Vacuum are in a gaseous state and the “quantum superfluid” in all particles is liquefied EM Fields and are technically a Bose-Einstein Condensate of EM Kinetic Dipole Particles. Black holes are supersolids of EM Dipole Particles. Copyright 2021 John E. Boze

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  • I'll be single for the rest of my life with this! 🐽

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  • This is genius 🤓🤓🙌🙌

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