This Unstoppable Robot Could Save Your Life 

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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. -
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

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Gacheru Mburu
Gacheru Mburu 2 uur geleden
Кабаняра Клыков
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 uur geleden
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.
mazeg8tr a
mazeg8tr a 3 uur geleden
Ahhh yes........:)
mahesh singh
mahesh singh 4 uur geleden
Nature is best engineer 😅🙏
Ineng Ineng
Ineng Ineng 5 uur geleden
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.
ITZSQUISHY_YT 5 uur geleden
1:33 Me: That looks like a lo(DEMONOITZATION)
shieldgenerator7 7 uur geleden
wow this is incredible
Edgar 7 uur geleden
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 10 uur geleden
Oh its going into the holes!
Edgar Montana
Edgar Montana 12 uur geleden
What are you doing, step bot?
K. Ferhan Batıoğlu
K. Ferhan Batıoğlu 12 uur geleden
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 12 uur geleden
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 12 uur geleden
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 13 uur geleden
the inspiration was DEFINITELY not plants - nah, it was waterfowl genetals
King of Hueco Mundo
King of Hueco Mundo 13 uur geleden
Attack of the Saving Balloons!!!
Rajeev Mathur
Rajeev Mathur 13 uur geleden
It can be used to open blocked arteries or veins maybe without the risk of rupturing them
Ade Ra
Ade Ra 14 uur geleden
I need a robot like this to fix my throat and ear and back of the head
fishyEplayz 15 uur geleden
It will be pretty cool if they used a sonar device to track the path ways in unknown underground
Micheal Futch
Micheal Futch 15 uur geleden
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. 15 uur geleden
Where did the smart engineers go. I just see some idiots wearing masks outside.
George Butcher
George Butcher 15 uur geleden
Man made octopus
RIcky Rick
RIcky Rick 18 uur geleden
Nothing is unstoppable. Perpetual motion machines do not exist.
g C
g C 18 uur geleden
Kind of like that water hose they invented
Venancio Rivera zarazua
Looks like it can be very helpful in plumbing and HVAC applications as well as other utilities
Bong Jovi
Bong Jovi 18 uur geleden
Fleshlight 2.0 looks craaaazy
John Boze
John Boze 19 uur geleden
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
paranoidandroid 19 uur geleden
I'll be single for the rest of my life with this! 🐽
The H
The H 21 uur geleden
This is genius 🤓🤓🙌🙌
rmp5s 22 uur geleden
We're being a bit liberal with the use of the word "robot", don't ya think?
mayank _hey
mayank _hey 23 uur geleden
Would love to see a video about “Is beginner’s luck real?”
yasio bolo
yasio bolo 23 uur geleden
What i see in the comments 15% memes talking about robot worms 76% hentai tentacles 9% talking about saving peoples
Local TrashCanon
Local TrashCanon 23 uur geleden
Yall degenerates smh
Anfo515 23 uur geleden
it is amazing with how many innovations people come up.
jen wright
jen wright 23 uur geleden
Now there going to search your colon with this before your flight
Alexander Dag geleden
Man, this video was great!! Thanks
yasio bolo
yasio bolo 23 uur geleden
Isn't this what they're using with those "Arse"-Exploration Camera (Medical) Procedures!? Sorry, but the Name escapes me, rt. now.
すゆ Dag geleden
Lord M3s
Lord M3s Dag geleden
This Technology was already hit by Japanizing Beam 🤣
I would like to order A number 1 Big Mac meal
You can apply a lot of applications with this thing. We will see more of this in our future.
mjc11493 Dag geleden
I see. Skynet is evolving
Sapphire Gaming
Sapphire Gaming Dag geleden
Graham Cunningham
Graham Cunningham Dag geleden
Put a heat sensor into
ashro101 Dag geleden
Can you stop calling it robot? It's A very useful tool! (Calling this tool a robot makes everything robot)
Slewpo Dag geleden
The year is 2121. You are an old grandpa and you're choking on your food. Your grandkids run at you at full force, and stuff a robot worm inside you, to save your life.
Wojciech Ciech
Wojciech Ciech Dag geleden
Anyone who read this I wish you health and abundance. Let all your fears, problems, and worries disappear immediately!
Nalmas Mohd
Nalmas Mohd Dag geleden
4ur3n Dag geleden
I feel like Dr. Elliot was not completely honest where he got the idea from for the robot.
Neco Dag geleden
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Biker Dag geleden
Looks like water tubes used by oceanic under water creatures from a movie...
MY 2RUE-SENSE Dag geleden
Isn't this what they're using with those "Arse"--Exploration Camera (Medical)- Procedures!? Sorry, but the Name escapes me, rt. now.
MY 2RUE-SENSE Dag geleden
Do you think that Sand application would work with Constipation!??
MY 2RUE-SENSE Dag geleden
I've got it!! SPACE-ELEVATOR!
MY 2RUE-SENSE Dag geleden
Exploring the Oceans! The Marianas Trench. Deep sea Oil Platforms. Submarine Rescue? Laying Transatlantic Fiber optic cable! Exploring Inhospitable, Uninhabited-Jungles? Booby-Trapped Ordinance Detonation? I. E. D. 's?
Ryx Ch.
Ryx Ch. Dag geleden
Damn rule 34 is coming
CXD Dag geleden
This is just a bigger sized clown whistle bruh lmao UCSB really hyped this up and y’all are thinking this is the future
Brad Schneider
Brad Schneider Dag geleden
If you drop something important in a lake, river, ECT.... Does it work in moving water?
qopoy dnon
qopoy dnon Dag geleden
Imagine how many pp jokes were made during the production of this robot
Michael Hoefler
Michael Hoefler Dag geleden
That thing would make one hell of a Halloween decoration. Imagine one of those with some “snake skin” and a big hissing head on the end
Jared R
Jared R Dag geleden
So it's a inflated balloon?
Jay Are
Jay Are Dag geleden
hentai jokes aside, this is pretty fascinating.
Nelson Aviles
Nelson Aviles Dag geleden
This is the cure to constipation
qopoy dnon
qopoy dnon Dag geleden
It's a good thing the only people watching this either never talk to girls or are smart enough not to tell them about this.
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Srikiran Rai
Srikiran Rai Dag geleden
My mind: "Don't do it... Don't do it... Don't do it... Don't. Make. That. Joke." Me: Lol is that a discount snake???! Hahahahahahahaha
mpho mikosi
mpho mikosi Dag geleden
Congratulations you have just created a 🐍
Liam W.
Liam W. Dag geleden
Benis :DDD
Meu Canto Games
Meu Canto Games Dag geleden
Those guys just created a functional sandworm prototype
David Watt
David Watt Dag geleden
Should send that into the Great Pyramid in Egypt to have a look inside.
What are you
What are you Dag geleden
can you please explain how developers put time in a machine for the first time and regulate it so it switch time exactly after a second
Andrea Greenhill
Andrea Greenhill Dag geleden
X Æ A-Xii
X Æ A-Xii Dag geleden
GTA 5 train: Finally a worthy opponent! Our battle will be legendary!
jay kicklighter
jay kicklighter Dag geleden
All the reasons those weebs gave were lies. Lmao
kristofor brown
kristofor brown Dag geleden
When the Dr said where he got the idea from I'm sure vine sounded better than blowing down a McDonald's straw wrapper 🤣
Max Epstein
Max Epstein Dag geleden
Wasn't there an xkcd comic about how engineers will say that something is for search and rescue when they actually have no idea what the practical applications might be and just think that it's cool
Pineapaple Dag geleden
It’s like a snake Ssssssss Sssssssssssss Ssssssssss
Cameron Accident
Cameron Accident Dag geleden
It's a good thing the only people watching this either never talk to girls or are smart enough not to tell them about this.
Fediani4 2 dagen geleden
That is just so perfect for some sci-fi movies for a very realistic death-worms or sort of mechanical tendril monster. It can have muscles to turn and can burrow into the sand(or maybe even dirt). Spectacular!
Happe CJ
Happe CJ 2 dagen geleden
That one girl that bought the robot: God please forgive me
flache 2 dagen geleden
Its like super light weight as well... you can have like 10 ... 20 on a rover to plan the next 20 hours or so travel from actual images of the terrain completly breaking our current problem with delay of control. Also it would likely never break depending on the material. You can likely get any form of angle you want with a camera of the rover or of the terrain...
Ice 487
Ice 487 2 dagen geleden
I'm sure the internet can think of multiple ways to use these robots.
Ice 487
Ice 487 2 dagen geleden
Imagine being in a hospital and then getting deepthroated by a balloon.
trexmaster9000 2 dagen geleden
yeah if only
OMARESZ 2 dagen geleden
Dis sounds like a futuristic strapon
Cara Furry
Cara Furry 2 dagen geleden
9:45 the wacky inflatable tube Man?
Mr MIPS 2 dagen geleden
Hello greetings from Chile. I speak to you through this medium since I do not know how to communicate with you anymore. I have something that might interest you, about prime numbers, since they have a great importance with respect to the laws that govern our universe, and it has been said that it is impossible to find a way to find them in a precise and linear way? and I discovered why, because we were always looking for the wrong part, we have to go to the most basic of life, how the most basic thing that keeps us all alive here works, our eye is a perfect circle that is capable of seeing Everything that touches the light, and the light will always form a triangle towards which it is projected, brings together these two basic principles, plus the fact that everything in the world repeats itself, over and over again, mixes these 3 basic principles of the LIFE, and what happens, you get the formula, if you draw a triangle, and a circle together, and you agree it with a pattern of movement, and in the top vertex you put the one, to the right or left with the other vertices you do the same same, but following a pattern, which is repeated, example: vertex up 1, left vertex 2, right vertex 3. and now it begins to go back, left vertex 4, vertex up 5, right vertex 6, and now backwards, vertex top 7, left vertex 8, right vertex 9, and ot backwards, left vertex 10, top vertex 11, right vertex 12, and backwards, repeat this pattern forever and you will have all the prime numbers arranged at the top, do you realize? It is what governs us at every moment, in the same way, our heart contracts to pump, everything in the world responds to the same effect, as no one has been able to see it before ... we all believe that the world just keeps moving forward, but no, we are in the present, past and present at the same time, I hope you are interested, it would be great if I am right someone takes it into account, greetings.
OMARESZ 2 dagen geleden
Koro sensei tenteciles?
Akeem Dickson
Akeem Dickson 2 dagen geleden
Are we gonna get a ByMax soon ???......"big hero 6"
JMS MasterPanda
JMS MasterPanda 2 dagen geleden
Hentai tentacle are becoming real.... Oh no
Hoang Minh
Hoang Minh 2 dagen geleden
andrea barone
andrea barone 2 dagen geleden
Travel WithoutMoving
Travel WithoutMoving 2 dagen geleden
Making a Robot is hard so i will just make a long baloon.
Nijeguhz 2 dagen geleden
Matt Powell has a giant inflatable banana in his backyard, that he names Dr. Peel.
tehlarsie 2 dagen geleden
The jet of air on the tip could be useful for avalanche victims too right? Similar to intubation you'd get a tube of oxygen down to a victim while they're being dug out.
Francesco Spagnolo
Francesco Spagnolo 2 dagen geleden
I just can't stop thinking of the un-scientific uses for something like that
Curiosity Seeker
Curiosity Seeker 2 dagen geleden
Anyone else’s snake anxiety kicking in??
Dominic Lovato
Dominic Lovato 2 dagen geleden
Lol they grow from the top. Now they just need to design a robot to blow. She can do the monitoring of where the tips going. The guy just jus sits back and does ALL the work. Well female does the easy stuff.
FedRengar 2 dagen geleden
Tentecal 😶
Tregeta 2 dagen geleden
Tip extention joke.
ARTHEMY 2 dagen geleden
US military be like: bomb on end of robot. Robot grow into bunker.
YeaDatWun YT
YeaDatWun YT 2 dagen geleden
I've heard "Just the tip" so many times in this video🤣🤣🤣
Phillip Gertz
Phillip Gertz 2 dagen geleden
What are you doing step-robot
Making transparent wood
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