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

  • A bike inner tube hooked up to a air compressor without and tire lol

    Boogeyjosh563yeahhBoogeyjosh563yeahhAcum 4 ore
  • 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.

    dwatts64dwatts64Acum 6 ore
  • 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

    I like OrangesI like OrangesAcum 10 ore
  • hentacle tentai....

    CrowF10CrowF10Acum 10 ore
  • I’d like to put it up my

    Pqu1tryPqu1tryAcum 12 ore
  • 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

    brian berschbrian berschAcum 14 ore
  • Why didn’t the @Mark Rober

    Caden RennerCaden RennerAcum 14 ore
  • This helped save those kids stuck in a Cave in Malaysia or Indonesia (I don't remember) after Elon Musk tweeted about it.

    5Mr.Cartoon5Mr.CartoonAcum 17 ore
  • 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?

    IkraznekIkraznekAcum 19 ore
  • this is hilarious

    Vinny RealVinny RealAcum 21 oră
  • 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

    Saleem MusliarSaleem MusliarAcum 22 ore
  • Him: It could hold up to 1000kilograms. *robot burst So u r a 1000kilograms?

    Anelka LeeAnelka LeeAcum 23 ore
  • So useful. This is what soft robotics is all about.

    Brian LingdenBrian LingdenAcum o Zi
  • I've seen this video weeks ago.

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  • *Му дiск when I take viаgга*

    Sleepy_Joe BidenSleepy_Joe BidenAcum o Zi
  • Nice concept

    Sanjeet VillaSanjeet VillaAcum o Zi
  • I hope this robot can find every hole in my body like what Hentai Tentacles would do🤤🤤🤤

    Arolema PrarathArolema PrarathAcum o Zi
  • _" 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...

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  • Emma_rose

    Alexandre Bouchard DumaisAlexandre Bouchard DumaisAcum o Zi
  • Finding the 10MM socket that i dropped in my engine bay!

    ItzMrFizzItzMrFizzAcum o Zi
    • 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

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  • 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

    Edjumicated_ GamerEdjumicated_ GamerAcum o Zi
  • So basically a robot balloon that is unstoppable. Now we need to just add google eyes and then we get a robot snake.

    Zefat ChowdhuryZefat ChowdhuryAcum o Zi
  • Is there a company that makes them?

    samuelsamuelAcum o Zi
  • This is not a robot it's air and plastic.

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  • Inflatables

    Think QuicklyThink QuicklyAcum o Zi
  • It kinda looks like something from tremors

    Landon playsLandon playsAcum o Zi
  • Other talk about robot: Me rewatching 9:58 :is that jesus ?

    ChapulinixChapulinixAcum o Zi
  • Coronary angiography, would be interesting to explore.

    JippidyjappersJippidyjappersAcum o Zi
  • Looks pretty useless to be honest

    Iván De LeónIván De LeónAcum o Zi
  • my dog can do that

    DoggoDoggoAcum 2 Zile
  • I’ve gotten so used to seeing people with masks on I didn’t even notice they had masks on at first-

    Baby BebbiBaby BebbiAcum 2 Zile
  • Apical dominance is the mechanism by which plants grow. 🤓

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  • 6:00 guys every morning

    Mr PeanutMr PeanutAcum 2 Zile
  • On a smaller level maybe battle ants? I'm currently battling ants...

    Fish SeasonFish SeasonAcum 2 Zile
  • 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)

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  • 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.

    Watch The Social DilemmaWatch The Social DilemmaAcum 2 Zile
  • As someone whose been intubated 3 times that's cool

    aron canapaaron canapaAcum 2 Zile
  • So a controllable worm or tentacle 🤔

    Nana&Popo IceClimbersNana&Popo IceClimbersAcum 2 Zile
  • Now imagine if that robot was a fully sentient being: that’s literally the furure of AI :O

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    • @Sorta Cool Facts oh. lovely.

      PartyPenguin78PartyPenguin78Acum 18 ore
    • @PartyPenguin78 I have to confess: I’m actually a tentacle robot in real life 😎

      Sorta Cool FactsSorta Cool FactsAcum 18 ore
    • don’t tempt the geniuses, we don’t want tentacle hentai unless of course we do..

      PartyPenguin78PartyPenguin78Acum o Zi
  • 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.

    Typical bamboozlerTypical bamboozlerAcum 2 Zile
  • Plant: grows toward sun This guy: I suddenly feel inspired to create a robot that expands out of itself so as to move

    bocoy noiubocoy noiuAcum 2 Zile
  • This technique is used alot in practical movie effects!

    Simon Anton EhieSimon Anton EhieAcum 2 Zile
  • Imagine being stuck in debris after a earthquake and you jsut see a giant plastic worm craeling towards you

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

    Hunter the Parmesan Cheese SmokerHunter the Parmesan Cheese SmokerAcum 2 Zile
    • @bocoy noiu it is when you add all the sensors, cameras and intelligent features..

      Hunter the Parmesan Cheese SmokerHunter the Parmesan Cheese SmokerAcum 2 Zile
    • Honestly this is very cool but I’m not shure if you can call a inflating tube a robot

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

    Hunter the Parmesan Cheese SmokerHunter the Parmesan Cheese SmokerAcum 2 Zile
  • People who make any difference. Hats off for these guys. 👋👋👋👋

    Well MefistoWell MefistoAcum 2 Zile
  • UCSB!!!!

    Jay Antonio LeeJay Antonio LeeAcum 2 Zile
  • check Linus tech tips, You definitely look like the metahuman on the right

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

    Ethereal JoyEthereal JoyAcum 2 Zile
  • Did you heard about LYAGULYALYULIN?

    Вадим Владимирович ТимофеевВадим Владимирович ТимофеевAcum 2 Zile
  • 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

    Jacques De BeauregardJacques De BeauregardAcum 2 Zile
  • Combine thus technology with AI and 🤯

    StroysStroysAcum 2 Zile
  • When it came out of the sewer drain it was kinda creepy

    Philip HubbePhilip HubbeAcum 2 Zile
  • They could use it to repair leaking pipes. Send it down the pipe, then leave it there as a liner.

    Athol DicksonAthol DicksonAcum 2 Zile
  • The engineer looks like Howard from BBT

    Mithul NarayanaMithul NarayanaAcum 2 Zile
  • 9:40 oh please...we all know what it really looks like

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  • 7:27 long wiggly shaft in narrow shaft

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

    PhoenixEyePhoenixEyeAcum 2 Zile
  • 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 2 Zile
  • So we can finally send something up our ass m straight out our mouths, science is amazing

    Ryan BaleRyan BaleAcum 3 Zile
  • 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 3 Zile
  • Run cables through a house.

    SwitchLiteSwitchLiteAcum 3 Zile
  • This is basically the coolest stupid looking machine.

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

    Sun XiaoxinSun XiaoxinAcum 3 Zile
  • Nature inspires men. And men inspires technology.

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  • 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 3 Zile
  • 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.

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  • i guess some women found how to use it already

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

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

    Thomas HerdThomas HerdAcum 3 Zile
  • Markiplier smarter cousin

    ShakeyBoyzsShakeyBoyzsAcum 3 Zile
  • 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.

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  • Nice

    Stratonov16Stratonov16Acum 3 Zile
  • Wtf that robot is very strange XD

    DatBoi TheGudBIASDatBoi TheGudBIASAcum 3 Zile
  • Bhai Naya video dal na plzz

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  • Is my ham sandwich considered a robot too?

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  • 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 3 Zile
  • This guy gives me Mark Rober vibes

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    • 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.

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

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  • 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.

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  • 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?

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  • 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).

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

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  • 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 4 Zile
  • 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.

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

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  • 6:48

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  • I could do that

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

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

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  • Mmmmm tentacles

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

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    • censor is insane shmoly shat

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

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  • This would be great in a horror movie

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