This Unstoppable Robot Could Save Your Life
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

  • 5Mr.Cartoon

    This helped save those kids stuck in a Cave in Malaysia or Indonesia (I don't remember) after Elon Musk tweeted about it.

  • Ikraznek

    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

    this is hilarious

  • Saleem Musliar
    Saleem Musliar

    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

    Him: It could hold up to 1000kilograms. *robot burst So u r a 1000kilograms?

  • Brian Lingden
    Brian Lingden

    So useful. This is what soft robotics is all about.

  • Donavan B LoForte RPN, RCRT, LCRT
    Donavan B LoForte RPN, RCRT, LCRT

    I've seen this video weeks ago.

  • Sleepy_Joe Biden
    Sleepy_Joe Biden

    *Му дiск when I take viаgга*

  • Sanjeet Villa
    Sanjeet Villa

    Nice concept

  • Arolema Prarath
    Arolema Prarath

    I hope this robot can find every hole in my body like what Hentai Tentacles would do🤤🤤🤤

  • ebi

    _" 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


  • ItzMrFizz

    Finding the 10MM socket that i dropped in my engine bay!

    • soiung toiue
      soiung toiue

      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

    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

    So basically a robot balloon that is unstoppable. Now we need to just add google eyes and then we get a robot snake.

  • samuel

    Is there a company that makes them?

  • lou m
    lou m

    This is not a robot it's air and plastic.

  • Think Quickly
    Think Quickly


  • Landon plays
    Landon plays

    It kinda looks like something from tremors

  • Chapulinix

    Other talk about robot: Me rewatching 9:58 :is that jesus ?

  • Jippidyjappers

    Coronary angiography, would be interesting to explore.

  • Iván De León
    Iván De León

    Looks pretty useless to be honest

  • Doggo

    my dog can do that

  • Baby Bebbi
    Baby Bebbi

    I’ve gotten so used to seeing people with masks on I didn’t even notice they had masks on at first-

  • Martine

    Apical dominance is the mechanism by which plants grow. 🤓

  • Mr Peanut
    Mr Peanut

    6:00 guys every morning

  • Fish Season
    Fish Season

    On a smaller level maybe battle ants? I'm currently battling ants...

  • Markus

    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

    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

    As someone whose been intubated 3 times that's cool

  • Nana&Popo IceClimbers
    Nana&Popo IceClimbers

    So a controllable worm or tentacle 🤔

  • Sorta Cool Facts
    Sorta Cool Facts

    Now imagine if that robot was a fully sentient being: that’s literally the furure of AI :O

    • PartyPenguin78

      @Sorta Cool Facts oh. lovely.

    • Sorta Cool Facts
      Sorta Cool Facts

      @PartyPenguin78 I have to confess: I’m actually a tentacle robot in real life 😎

    • PartyPenguin78

      don’t tempt the geniuses, we don’t want tentacle hentai unless of course we do..

  • Typical bamboozler
    Typical bamboozler

    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

    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

    This technique is used alot in practical movie effects!

  • MarnZzZz

    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

    You forgot the morning brew link I don't see it in the description?

    • Hunter the Parmesan Cheese Smoker
      Hunter the Parmesan Cheese Smoker

      @bocoy noiu it is when you add all the sensors, cameras and intelligent features..

    • bocoy noiu
      bocoy noiu

      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

    They need to take this to the pyramid of Giza and travel through those tiny shafts

  • Well Mefisto
    Well Mefisto

    People who make any difference. Hats off for these guys. 👋👋👋👋

  • Jay Antonio Lee
    Jay Antonio Lee


  • Etiquette Gaming
    Etiquette Gaming

    check Linus tech tips, You definitely look like the metahuman on the right

  • Ethereal Joy
    Ethereal Joy

    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

    Did you heard about LYAGULYALYULIN?


    The visual is insane lol!

  • Jacques De Beauregard
    Jacques De Beauregard

    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

    Combine thus technology with AI and 🤯

  • Philip Hubbe
    Philip Hubbe

    When it came out of the sewer drain it was kinda creepy

  • Athol Dickson
    Athol Dickson

    They could use it to repair leaking pipes. Send it down the pipe, then leave it there as a liner.

  • Mithul Narayana
    Mithul Narayana

    The engineer looks like Howard from BBT

  • Do Lut
    Do Lut

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

  • Do Lut
    Do Lut

    7:27 long wiggly shaft in narrow shaft

  • PhoenixEye

    Honestly this is very cool but I’m not shure if you can call a inflating tube a robot

  • Shannen Saez
    Shannen Saez

    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

    So we can finally send something up our ass m straight out our mouths, science is amazing

  • Roy HausdesMüllers
    Roy HausdesMüllers

    Please tell the people to create such robots for medical endoskopie. I am a doctor in this field and we need such innovations.

  • SwitchLite

    Run cables through a house.

  • The Knightikins
    The Knightikins

    This is basically the coolest stupid looking machine.

  • Sun Xiaoxin
    Sun Xiaoxin

    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

    Nature inspires men. And men inspires technology.

  • Artiom Timosenco
    Artiom Timosenco

    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
    J B

    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

    i guess some women found how to use it already

  • Gerard Tan
    Gerard Tan

    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

    You know what, I really wasn’t expecting steerable inflatable tubes. I really wasn’t.

  • Thomas Herd
    Thomas Herd

    Isn’t it interesting that such a brilliant idea was Mimicked from nature!?

  • ShakeyBoyzs

    Markiplier smarter cousin

  • Judah Sh
    Judah Sh

    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


  • DatBoi TheGudBIAS
    DatBoi TheGudBIAS

    Wtf that robot is very strange XD

  • Shivam 6000
    Shivam 6000

    Bhai Naya video dal na plzz

  • J V
    J V

    Is my ham sandwich considered a robot too?

  • vbddfy euuyt
    vbddfy euuyt

    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

    Science man wears mask outside.

  • Arnau Ampurdanès
    Arnau Ampurdanès

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

  • Masud Hosein
    Masud Hosein

    This guy gives me Mark Rober vibes

    • vbddfy euuyt
      vbddfy euuyt

      Mmmmm tentacles

  • reese :/
    reese :/

    Veritasium you know what you did YOU KNOW WHAT YOU DID

  • hiccup1001

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

  • Potato #754
    Potato #754

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

  • Hannah Lack
    Hannah Lack

    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

    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

    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

    Why is the title of this video in German???

  • Amialythis johnson
    Amialythis johnson

    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

  • Daveja vu
    Daveja vu

    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.

  • Mopantsu

    This could be a less painful way to do bowel exams.

  • KapCapKapCap


  • Garl The Inventor
    Garl The Inventor

    I could do that

  • mesa620

    Hope to see this on Jackass 4......

  • Dewyu Nohmi
    Dewyu Nohmi

    I thought I was watching a plant growing from inside a plastic tube, time lapsed.

  • Rewind OG
    Rewind OG

    Mmmmm tentacles

  • PhilouDude

    this is the hardest feking d|ldo ever holy sheet

    • PhilouDude

      censor is insane shmoly shat

  • Aaron Hicks
    Aaron Hicks

    The section about burrowing in sand explains how the sand worms in dune could work!

  • Aaron Hicks
    Aaron Hicks

    This would be great in a horror movie

  • Cameron Lin
    Cameron Lin

    “And what else can you think of to do with it” 😏

  • Gustav Holmström
    Gustav Holmström

    I wonder if it could be helpful during avalanche rescues 🤔

  • Ben Weigt
    Ben Weigt

    Any one else make these with the wrappers from those long frozen ice pops as a kid?


    I feel violated

  • zogworth

    Strong geoduck energy

  • Mr Bruh
    Mr Bruh

    best robot in the world You know what I mean

  • A26lolheart

    I have a feeling there's going to be someone who uses it as, not intubation, but a "urethral catheder"