This Unstoppable Robot Could Save Your Life

Publicerades den 16 apr 2021
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:
Make your own Vine Robot! -
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. -
Special thanks to Patreon supporters: Anna, Mac Malkawi, Michael Schneider, Oleksii Leonov, Jim Osmun, Tyson McDowell, Ludovic Robillard, jim buckmaster, fanime96, Juan Benet, Ruslan Khroma, Robert Blum, Richard Sundvall, Lee Redden, Vincent, Marinus Kuivenhoven, Alfred Wallace, Arjun Chakroborty, Joar Wandborg, Clayton Greenwell, Pindex, Michael Krugman, Cy 'kkm' K'Nelson, Sam Lutfi, Ron Neal

Edited by Trenton Oliver
Animation by Ivan Tello
Filmed by Derek Muller
Thumbnail by Ignat Berbeci
Music by Jonny Hyman and from Epidemic Sound


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

  • 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)

  • 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.

  • As someone whose been intubated 3 times that's cool

  • So a controllable worm or tentacle 🤔

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

  • 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.

  • Plant: grows toward sun This guy: I suddenly feel inspired to create a robot that expands out of itself so as to move

  • This technique is used alot in practical movie effects!

  • Imagine being stuck in debris after a earthquake and you jsut see a giant plastic worm craeling towards you

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

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

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

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

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

  • UCSB!!!!

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

  • 9:44 Excuse you! They're called "Wacky Waving Inflatable Arm flailing Tube Men" and they deserve your respect.

  • Did you heard about LYAGULYALYULIN?

  • The visual is insane lol!

  • The first utility that come to my mind is to help the house building industry to draw electrical or data cable into tight spaces

  • Combine thus technology with AI and 🤯

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

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

  • The engineer looks like Howard from BBT

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

  • 7:27 long wiggly shaft in narrow shaft

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

  • 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

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

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

  • Run cables through a house.

  • This is basically the coolest stupid looking machine.

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

  • Nature inspires men. And men inspires technology.

  • 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 ?

  • 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.

  • i guess some women found how to use it already

  • 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..

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

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

  • Markiplier smarter cousin

  • 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.

  • Nice

  • Wtf that robot is very strange XD

  • Bhai Naya video dal na plzz

  • Is my ham sandwich considered a robot too?

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

  • Science man wears mask outside.

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

  • This guy gives me Mark Rober vibes

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

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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).

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

  • 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

  • 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.

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

  • 6:48

  • I could do that

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

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

  • Mmmmm tentacles

  • this is the hardest feking d|ldo ever holy sheet

    • censor is insane shmoly shat

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

  • This would be great in a horror movie

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

  • I wonder if it could be helpful during avalanche rescues 🤔

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

  • I feel violated

  • Strong geoduck energy

  • best robot in the world You know what I mean

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

  • Endless idea's for this. Amazing

  • Be great for exploring caves and tombs etc. Brill idea.

  • I wonder if girls would buy this

  • now, where do those ducks lead

  • 0:40 - 0:42 You’re welcome

  • 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

  • You are just Awesome

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

  • This is too nice 👌🏾

  • hello im hmmm

  • Hentai makers: 🤔😏

  • or kill us

  • The idea came from big max

  • This could finally finally satisfy my gf bcoz my 8inch long one just cannot.

  • that is more like a worm

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

  • 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.

  • I feel this will lead to the scariest form of robot porn...

  • Змея

  • 🤔

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Ahhh yes........:)

  • Nature is best engineer 😅🙏

  • 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.

  • 1:33 Me: That looks like a lo(DEMONOITZATION)