This Unstoppable Robot Could Save Your Life

Birt 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

  • Do Lut

    Do Lut

    6 klukkustundum síðan

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

  • Do Lut

    Do Lut

    6 klukkustundum síðan

    7:27 long wiggly shaft in narrow shaft

  • PhoenixEye


    7 klukkustundum síðan

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

  • Shannen Saez

    Shannen Saez

    8 klukkustundum síðan

    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

    9 klukkustundum síðan

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

  • Roy HausdesMüllers

    Roy HausdesMüllers

    9 klukkustundum síðan

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

  • SwitchLite


    11 klukkustundum síðan

    Run cables through a house.

  • The Knightikins

    The Knightikins

    12 klukkustundum síðan

    This is basically the coolest stupid looking machine.

  • Sun Xiaoxin

    Sun Xiaoxin

    13 klukkustundum síðan

    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

    13 klukkustundum síðan

    Nature inspires men. And men inspires technology.

  • Artiom Timosenco

    Artiom Timosenco

    14 klukkustundum síðan

    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

    15 klukkustundum síðan

    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

    16 klukkustundum síðan

    i guess some women found how to use it already

  • Gerard Tan

    Gerard Tan

    16 klukkustundum síðan

    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

    18 klukkustundum síðan

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

  • Thomas Herd

    Thomas Herd

    18 klukkustundum síðan

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

  • ShakeyBoyzs


    18 klukkustundum síðan

    Markiplier smarter cousin

  • Judah Sh

    Judah Sh

    19 klukkustundum síðan

    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


    23 klukkustundum síðan


  • DatBoi TheGudBIAS

    DatBoi TheGudBIAS

    Degi Síðan síðan

    Wtf that robot is very strange XD

  • Shivam 6000

    Shivam 6000

    Degi Síðan síðan

    Bhai Naya video dal na plzz

  • J V

    J V

    Degi Síðan síðan

    Is my ham sandwich considered a robot too?

  • vbddfy euuyt

    vbddfy euuyt

    Degi Síðan síðan

    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

    Degi Síðan síðan

    Science man wears mask outside.

  • Arnau Ampurdanès

    Arnau Ampurdanès

    Degi Síðan síðan

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

  • Masud Hosein

    Masud Hosein

    Degi Síðan síðan

    This guy gives me Mark Rober vibes

    • vbddfy euuyt

      vbddfy euuyt

      Degi Síðan síðan

      Mmmmm tentacles

  • reese :/

    reese :/

    Degi Síðan síðan

    Veritasium you know what you did

  • hiccup1001


    Degi Síðan síðan

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

  • Potato #754

    Potato #754

    Degi Síðan síðan

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

  • Hannah Lack

    Hannah Lack

    Degi Síðan síðan

    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


    Degi Síðan síðan

    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


    Degi Síðan síðan

    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


    Degi Síðan síðan

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

  • Amialythis johnson

    Amialythis johnson

    Degi Síðan síðan

    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

    Degi Síðan síðan

    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


    Degi Síðan síðan

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

  • KapCapKapCap


    Degi Síðan síðan


  • Garl The Inventor

    Garl The Inventor

    Degi Síðan síðan

    I could do that

  • mesa620


    Degi Síðan síðan

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

  • Dewyu Nohmi

    Dewyu Nohmi

    Degi Síðan síðan

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

  • Rewind OG

    Rewind OG

    Degi Síðan síðan

    Mmmmm tentacles

  • PhilouDude


    2 dögum síðan

    this is the hardest feking d|ldo ever holy sheet

    • PhilouDude


      2 dögum síðan

      censor is insane shmoly shat

  • Aaron Hicks

    Aaron Hicks

    2 dögum síðan

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

  • Aaron Hicks

    Aaron Hicks

    2 dögum síðan

    This would be great in a horror movie

  • Cameron Lin

    Cameron Lin

    2 dögum síðan

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

  • Gustav Holmström

    Gustav Holmström

    2 dögum síðan

    I wonder if it could be helpful during avalanche rescues 🤔

  • Ben Weigt

    Ben Weigt

    2 dögum síðan

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



    2 dögum síðan

    I feel violated

  • zogworth


    2 dögum síðan

    Strong geoduck energy

  • Mr Bruh

    Mr Bruh

    2 dögum síðan

    best robot in the world

    You know what I mean

  • A26lolheart


    2 dögum síðan

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

  • terence Sheehan

    terence Sheehan

    2 dögum síðan

    Endless idea's for this. Amazing

  • terence Sheehan

    terence Sheehan

    2 dögum síðan

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

  • Tactical Warblox

    Tactical Warblox

    2 dögum síðan

    I wonder if girls would buy this

  • D-y-l M

    D-y-l M

    2 dögum síðan

    now, where do those ducks lead

  • Jamie Duvenage

    Jamie Duvenage

    2 dögum síðan

    0:40 - 0:42
    You’re welcome

  • pranjali prasad

    pranjali prasad

    2 dögum síðan

    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

  • Vishal S

    Vishal S

    2 dögum síðan

    You are just Awesome

  • whalpah


    2 dögum síðan

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

  • Leon Dlamini

    Leon Dlamini

    2 dögum síðan

    This is too nice 👌🏾

  • Wobblyorbee


    2 dögum síðan

    hello im hmmm

  • Rifqi Maalik

    Rifqi Maalik

    2 dögum síðan

    Hentai makers: 🤔😏

  • kristal kerrick

    kristal kerrick

    2 dögum síðan

    or kill us

  • JaVon Wilson

    JaVon Wilson

    2 dögum síðan

    The idea came from big max

  • jessie_fun


    2 dögum síðan

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

  • smileblockbot


    2 dögum síðan

    that is more like a worm

  • Jeremy Quinlan

    Jeremy Quinlan

    2 dögum síðan

    Something tells me air compressors don’t work on mars

  • Tse Hong Ling

    Tse Hong Ling

    2 dögum síðan

    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.

  • Cris Blyth

    Cris Blyth

    2 dögum síðan

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

  • Буратино & золотой ключик

    Буратино & золотой ключик

    2 dögum síðan


  • Gacheru Mburu

    Gacheru Mburu

    3 dögum síðan


  • Кабаняра Клыков

    Кабаняра Клыков

    3 dögum síðan

    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!

  • Swarnika Singh

    Swarnika Singh

    3 dögum síðan

    This is too good
    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.

  • mazeg8tr a

    mazeg8tr a

    3 dögum síðan

    Ahhh yes........:)

  • mahesh singh

    mahesh singh

    3 dögum síðan

    Nature is best engineer 😅🙏

  • Ineng Ineng

    Ineng Ineng

    3 dögum síðan

    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.



    3 dögum síðan

    Me: That looks like a lo(DEMONOITZATION)

  • shieldgenerator7


    3 dögum síðan

    wow this is incredible

  • Edgar


    3 dögum síðan

    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.

  • Miguel Soriano

    Miguel Soriano

    3 dögum síðan

    Oh its going into the holes!

  • Edgar Montana

    Edgar Montana

    3 dögum síðan

    What are you doing, step bot?

  • K. Ferhan Batıoğlu

    K. Ferhan Batıoğlu

    3 dögum síðan

    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.

  • Uriel Septim

    Uriel Septim

    3 dögum síðan

    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.

  • Kalpesh Kamble

    Kalpesh Kamble

    3 dögum síðan

    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?

  • FurbyFondler


    3 dögum síðan

    the inspiration was DEFINITELY not plants - nah, it was waterfowl genetals

  • King of Hueco Mundo

    King of Hueco Mundo

    3 dögum síðan

    Attack of the Saving Balloons!!!

  • Rajeev Mathur

    Rajeev Mathur

    3 dögum síðan

    It can be used to open blocked arteries or veins maybe without the risk of rupturing them

  • Ade Ra

    Ade Ra

    3 dögum síðan

    I need a robot like this to fix my throat and ear and back of the head

  • fishyEplayz


    3 dögum síðan

    It will be pretty cool if they used a sonar device to track the path ways in unknown underground

  • Micheal Futch

    Micheal Futch

    3 dögum síðan

    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.

  • Piotr P.

    Piotr P.

    3 dögum síðan

    Where did the smart engineers go. I just see some idiots wearing masks outside.

  • George Butcher

    George Butcher

    3 dögum síðan

    Man made octopus

  • RIcky Rick

    RIcky Rick

    3 dögum síðan

    Nothing is unstoppable. Perpetual motion machines do not exist.

  • g C

    g C

    3 dögum síðan

    Kind of like that water hose they invented

  • Venancio Rivera zarazua

    Venancio Rivera zarazua

    3 dögum síðan

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

  • Bong Jovi

    Bong Jovi

    3 dögum síðan

    Fleshlight 2.0 looks craaaazy

  • John Boze

    John Boze

    3 dögum síðan

    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)
    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)
    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 )
    Join The TTOE Team At BRAVE and Help Save Physics From Those With Warped Spacetime Minds:

    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

  • paranoidandroid


    3 dögum síðan

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

  • The H

    The H

    3 dögum síðan

    This is genius 🤓🤓🙌🙌