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. -
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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


  1. Sun Xiaoxin
    Sun Xiaoxin
    Před hodinou

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

  2. Christopher Shin
    Christopher Shin
    Před hodinou

    Nature inspires men. And men inspires technology.

  3. Artiom Timosenco
    Artiom Timosenco
    Před 2 hodinami

    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 ?

  4. J B
    J B
    Před 3 hodinami

    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.

  5. jeremy nom
    jeremy nom
    Před 4 hodinami

    i guess some women found how to use it already

  6. Gerard Tan
    Gerard Tan
    Před 4 hodinami

    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..

  7. The Hero
    The Hero
    Před 6 hodinami

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

  8. Thomas Herd
    Thomas Herd
    Před 6 hodinami

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

  9. ShakeyBoyzs
    Před 6 hodinami

    Markiplier smarter cousin

  10. Judah Sh
    Judah Sh
    Před 7 hodinami

    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.

  11. Stratonov16
    Před 11 hodinami


  12. DatBoi TheGudBIAS
    DatBoi TheGudBIAS
    Před 13 hodinami

    Wtf that robot is very strange XD

  13. Shivam 6000
    Shivam 6000
    Před 13 hodinami

    Bhai Naya video dal na plzz

  14. J V
    J V
    Před 13 hodinami

    Is my ham sandwich considered a robot too?

  15. vbddfy euuyt
    vbddfy euuyt
    Před 14 hodinami

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

  16. Elliot Blake
    Elliot Blake
    Před 15 hodinami

    Science man wears mask outside.

  17. Arnau Ampurdanès
    Arnau Ampurdanès
    Před 17 hodinami

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

  18. Masud Hosein
    Masud Hosein
    Před 17 hodinami

    This guy gives me Mark Rober vibes

    1. vbddfy euuyt
      vbddfy euuyt
      Před 14 hodinami

      Mmmmm tentacles

  19. reese :/
    reese :/
    Před 17 hodinami

    Veritasium you know what you did YOU KNOW WHAT YOU DID

  20. hiccup1001
    Před 17 hodinami

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

  21. Potato #754
    Potato #754
    Před 18 hodinami

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

  22. Hannah Lack
    Hannah Lack
    Před 19 hodinami

    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.

  23. CaptainBlagbird
    Před 19 hodinami

    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?

  24. TheDtrein
    Před 20 hodinami

    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).

  25. MiccaPhone
    Před 20 hodinami

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

  26. Amialythis johnson
    Amialythis johnson
    Před 22 hodinami

    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

  27. Daveja vu
    Daveja vu
    Před 23 hodinami

    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.

  28. Mopantsu
    Před dnem

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

  29. KapCapKapCap
    Před dnem


  30. Garl The Inventor
    Garl The Inventor
    Před dnem

    I could do that

  31. mesa620
    Před dnem

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

  32. Dewyu Nohmi
    Dewyu Nohmi
    Před dnem

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

  33. Rewind OG
    Rewind OG
    Před dnem

    Mmmmm tentacles

  34. PhilouDude
    Před dnem

    this is the hardest feking d|ldo ever holy sheet

    1. PhilouDude
      Před dnem

      censor is insane shmoly shat

  35. Aaron Hicks
    Aaron Hicks
    Před dnem

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

  36. Aaron Hicks
    Aaron Hicks
    Před dnem

    This would be great in a horror movie

  37. Cameron Lin
    Cameron Lin
    Před dnem

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

  38. Gustav Holmström
    Gustav Holmström
    Před dnem

    I wonder if it could be helpful during avalanche rescues 🤔

  39. Ben Weigt
    Ben Weigt
    Před dnem

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

    Před dnem

    I feel violated

  41. zogworth
    Před dnem

    Strong geoduck energy

  42. Mr Bruh
    Mr Bruh
    Před dnem

    best robot in the world You know what I mean

  43. A26lolheart
    Před dnem

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

  44. terence Sheehan
    terence Sheehan
    Před dnem

    Endless idea's for this. Amazing

  45. terence Sheehan
    terence Sheehan
    Před dnem

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

  46. Tactical Warblox
    Tactical Warblox
    Před dnem

    I wonder if girls would buy this

  47. D-y-l M
    D-y-l M
    Před dnem

    now, where do those ducks lead

  48. Jamie Duvenage
    Jamie Duvenage
    Před dnem

    0:40 - 0:42 You’re welcome

  49. pranjali prasad
    pranjali prasad
    Před dnem

    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

  50. Vishal S
    Vishal S
    Před dnem

    You are just Awesome

  51. whalpah
    Před 2 dny

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

  52. Leon Dlamini
    Leon Dlamini
    Před 2 dny

    This is too nice 👌🏾

  53. Wobblyorbee
    Před 2 dny

    hello im hmmm

  54. Rifqi Maalik
    Rifqi Maalik
    Před 2 dny

    Hentai makers: 🤔😏

  55. kristal kerrick
    kristal kerrick
    Před 2 dny

    or kill us

  56. JaVon Wilson
    JaVon Wilson
    Před 2 dny

    The idea came from big max

  57. jessie_fun
    Před 2 dny

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

  58. smileblockbot
    Před 2 dny

    that is more like a worm

  59. Jeremy Quinlan
    Jeremy Quinlan
    Před 2 dny

    Something tells me air compressors don’t work on mars

  60. Tse Hong Ling
    Tse Hong Ling
    Před 2 dny

    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.

  61. Cris Blyth
    Cris Blyth
    Před 2 dny

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

  62. Буратино & золотой ключик
    Буратино & золотой ключик
    Před 2 dny


  63. Gacheru Mburu
    Gacheru Mburu
    Před 2 dny


  64. Кабаняра Клыков
    Кабаняра Клыков
    Před 2 dny

    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!

  65. Swarnika Singh
    Swarnika Singh
    Před 2 dny

    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.

  66. mazeg8tr a
    mazeg8tr a
    Před 2 dny

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

  67. mahesh singh
    mahesh singh
    Před 2 dny

    Nature is best engineer 😅🙏

  68. Ineng Ineng
    Ineng Ineng
    Před 2 dny

    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.

    Před 2 dny

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

  70. shieldgenerator7
    Před 2 dny

    wow this is incredible

  71. Edgar
    Před 2 dny

    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.

  72. Miguel Soriano
    Miguel Soriano
    Před 2 dny

    Oh its going into the holes!

  73. Edgar Montana
    Edgar Montana
    Před 2 dny

    What are you doing, step bot?

  74. K. Ferhan Batıoğlu
    K. Ferhan Batıoğlu
    Před 2 dny

    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.

  75. Uriel Septim
    Uriel Septim
    Před 2 dny

    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.

  76. Kalpesh Kamble
    Kalpesh Kamble
    Před 2 dny

    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?

  77. FurbyFondler
    Před 3 dny

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

  78. King of Hueco Mundo
    King of Hueco Mundo
    Před 3 dny

    Attack of the Saving Balloons!!!

  79. Rajeev Mathur
    Rajeev Mathur
    Před 3 dny

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

  80. Ade Ra
    Ade Ra
    Před 3 dny

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

  81. fishyEplayz
    Před 3 dny

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

  82. Micheal Futch
    Micheal Futch
    Před 3 dny

    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.

  83. Piotr P.
    Piotr P.
    Před 3 dny

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

  84. George Butcher
    George Butcher
    Před 3 dny

    Man made octopus

  85. RIcky Rick
    RIcky Rick
    Před 3 dny

    Nothing is unstoppable. Perpetual motion machines do not exist.

  86. g C
    g C
    Před 3 dny

    Kind of like that water hose they invented

  87. Venancio Rivera zarazua
    Venancio Rivera zarazua
    Před 3 dny

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

  88. Bong Jovi
    Bong Jovi
    Před 3 dny

    Fleshlight 2.0 looks craaaazy

  89. John Boze
    John Boze
    Před 3 dny

    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

  90. paranoidandroid
    Před 3 dny

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

  91. The H
    The H
    Před 3 dny

    This is genius 🤓🤓🙌🙌

  92. rmp5s
    Před 3 dny

    We're being a bit liberal with the use of the word "robot", don't ya think?

  93. mayank _hey
    mayank _hey
    Před 3 dny

    Would love to see a video about “Is beginner’s luck real?”

  94. yasio bolo
    yasio bolo
    Před 3 dny

    What i see in the comments 15% memes talking about robot worms 76% hentai tentacles 9% talking about saving peoples

  95. Local TrashCanon
    Local TrashCanon
    Před 3 dny

    Yall degenerates smh

  96. Anfo515
    Před 3 dny

    it is amazing with how many innovations people come up.

  97. jen wright
    jen wright
    Před 3 dny

    Now there going to search your colon with this before your flight

  98. Alexander
    Před 3 dny

    Man, this video was great!! Thanks

    1. yasio bolo
      yasio bolo
      Před 3 dny

      Isn't this what they're using with those "Arse"-Exploration Camera (Medical) Procedures!? Sorry, but the Name escapes me, rt. now.

  99. すゆ
    Před 3 dny