This Unstoppable Robot Could Save Your Life

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. brian bersch

    brian bersch

    Prieš 2 val

    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

  2. Caden Renner

    Caden Renner

    Prieš 2 val

    Why didn’t the @Mark Rober

  3. 5Mr.Cartoon


    Prieš 4 val

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

  4. Ikraznek


    Prieš 7 val

    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?

  5. Vinny Real

    Vinny Real

    Prieš 9 val

    this is hilarious

  6. Saleem Musliar

    Saleem Musliar

    Prieš 10 val

    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

  7. Anelka Lee

    Anelka Lee

    Prieš 11 val

    Him: It could hold up to 1000kilograms. *robot burst So u r a 1000kilograms?

  8. Brian Lingden

    Brian Lingden

    Prieš 11 val

    So useful. This is what soft robotics is all about.

  9. Donavan B LoForte RPN, RCRT, LCRT

    Donavan B LoForte RPN, RCRT, LCRT

    Prieš 12 val

    I've seen this video weeks ago.

  10. Sleepy_Joe Biden

    Sleepy_Joe Biden

    Prieš 13 val

    *Му дiск when I take viаgга*

  11. Sanjeet Villa

    Sanjeet Villa

    Prieš 13 val

    Nice concept

  12. Arolema Prarath

    Arolema Prarath

    Prieš 16 val

    I hope this robot can find every hole in my body like what Hentai Tentacles would do🤤🤤🤤

  13. ebi


    Prieš 18 val

    _" 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...

  14. Alexandre Bouchard Dumais

    Alexandre Bouchard Dumais

    Prieš 23 val


  15. ItzMrFizz


    Prieš 23 val

    Finding the 10MM socket that i dropped in my engine bay!

    • soiung toiue

      soiung toiue

      Prieš 16 val

      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

  16. Edjumicated_ Gamer

    Edjumicated_ Gamer

    Prieš 23 val

    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

  17. Zefat Chowdhury

    Zefat Chowdhury

    Prieš dieną

    So basically a robot balloon that is unstoppable. Now we need to just add google eyes and then we get a robot snake.

  18. samuel


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    Is there a company that makes them?

  19. lou m

    lou m

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    This is not a robot it's air and plastic.

  20. Think Quickly

    Think Quickly

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  21. Landon plays

    Landon plays

    Prieš dieną

    It kinda looks like something from tremors

  22. Chapulinix


    Prieš dieną

    Other talk about robot: Me rewatching 9:58 :is that jesus ?

  23. Jippidyjappers


    Prieš dieną

    Coronary angiography, would be interesting to explore.

  24. Iván De León

    Iván De León

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    Looks pretty useless to be honest

  25. Doggo


    Prieš dieną

    my dog can do that

  26. Baby Bebbi

    Baby Bebbi

    Prieš dieną

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

  27. Martine


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    Apical dominance is the mechanism by which plants grow. 🤓

  28. Mr Peanut

    Mr Peanut

    Prieš dieną

    6:00 guys every morning

  29. Fish Season

    Fish Season

    Prieš dieną

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

  30. Markus


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    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)

  31. Watch The Social Dilemma

    Watch The Social Dilemma

    Prieš dieną

    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.

  32. aron canapa

    aron canapa

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    As someone whose been intubated 3 times that's cool

  33. Nana&Popo IceClimbers

    Nana&Popo IceClimbers

    Prieš dieną

    So a controllable worm or tentacle 🤔

  34. Sorta Cool Facts

    Sorta Cool Facts

    Prieš dieną

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

    • PartyPenguin78


      Prieš 6 val

      @Sorta Cool Facts oh. lovely.

    • Sorta Cool Facts

      Sorta Cool Facts

      Prieš 6 val

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

    • PartyPenguin78


      Prieš 18 val

      don’t tempt the geniuses, we don’t want tentacle hentai unless of course we do..

  35. Typical bamboozler

    Typical bamboozler

    Prieš dieną

    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.

  36. bocoy noiu

    bocoy noiu

    Prieš dieną

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

  37. Simon Anton Ehie

    Simon Anton Ehie

    Prieš 2 dienas

    This technique is used alot in practical movie effects!

  38. MarnZzZz


    Prieš 2 dienas

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

  39. Hunter the Parmesan Cheese Smoker

    Hunter the Parmesan Cheese Smoker

    Prieš 2 dienas

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

    • Hunter the Parmesan Cheese Smoker

      Hunter the Parmesan Cheese Smoker

      Prieš dieną

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

    • bocoy noiu

      bocoy noiu

      Prieš dieną

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

  40. Hunter the Parmesan Cheese Smoker

    Hunter the Parmesan Cheese Smoker

    Prieš 2 dienas

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

  41. Well Mefisto

    Well Mefisto

    Prieš 2 dienas

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

  42. Jay Antonio Lee

    Jay Antonio Lee

    Prieš 2 dienas


  43. Etiquette Gaming

    Etiquette Gaming

    Prieš 2 dienas

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

  44. Ethereal Joy

    Ethereal Joy

    Prieš 2 dienas

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

  45. Вадим Владимирович Тимофеев

    Вадим Владимирович Тимофеев

    Prieš 2 dienas

    Did you heard about LYAGULYALYULIN?



    Prieš 2 dienas

    The visual is insane lol!

  47. Jacques De Beauregard

    Jacques De Beauregard

    Prieš 2 dienas

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

  48. Stroys


    Prieš 2 dienas

    Combine thus technology with AI and 🤯

  49. Philip Hubbe

    Philip Hubbe

    Prieš 2 dienas

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

  50. Athol Dickson

    Athol Dickson

    Prieš 2 dienas

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

  51. Mithul Narayana

    Mithul Narayana

    Prieš 2 dienas

    The engineer looks like Howard from BBT

  52. Do Lut

    Do Lut

    Prieš 2 dienas

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

  53. Do Lut

    Do Lut

    Prieš 2 dienas

    7:27 long wiggly shaft in narrow shaft

  54. PhoenixEye


    Prieš 2 dienas

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

  55. Shannen Saez

    Shannen Saez

    Prieš 2 dienas

    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

  56. Ryan Bale

    Ryan Bale

    Prieš 2 dienas

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

  57. Roy HausdesMüllers

    Roy HausdesMüllers

    Prieš 2 dienas

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

  58. SwitchLite


    Prieš 2 dienas

    Run cables through a house.

  59. The Knightikins

    The Knightikins

    Prieš 2 dienas

    This is basically the coolest stupid looking machine.

  60. Sun Xiaoxin

    Sun Xiaoxin

    Prieš 2 dienas

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

  61. Christopher Shin

    Christopher Shin

    Prieš 2 dienas

    Nature inspires men. And men inspires technology.

  62. Artiom Timosenco

    Artiom Timosenco

    Prieš 2 dienas

    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 ?

  63. J B

    J B

    Prieš 2 dienas

    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.

  64. jeremy nom

    jeremy nom

    Prieš 2 dienas

    i guess some women found how to use it already

  65. Gerard Tan

    Gerard Tan

    Prieš 2 dienas

    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..

  66. The Hero

    The Hero

    Prieš 2 dienas

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

  67. Thomas Herd

    Thomas Herd

    Prieš 2 dienas

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

  68. ShakeyBoyzs


    Prieš 2 dienas

    Markiplier smarter cousin

  69. Judah Sh

    Judah Sh

    Prieš 2 dienas

    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.

  70. Stratonov16


    Prieš 3 dienas


  71. DatBoi TheGudBIAS

    DatBoi TheGudBIAS

    Prieš 3 dienas

    Wtf that robot is very strange XD

  72. Shivam 6000

    Shivam 6000

    Prieš 3 dienas

    Bhai Naya video dal na plzz

  73. J V

    J V

    Prieš 3 dienas

    Is my ham sandwich considered a robot too?

  74. vbddfy euuyt

    vbddfy euuyt

    Prieš 3 dienas

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

  75. Elliot Blake

    Elliot Blake

    Prieš 3 dienas

    Science man wears mask outside.

  76. Arnau Ampurdanès

    Arnau Ampurdanès

    Prieš 3 dienas

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

  77. Masud Hosein

    Masud Hosein

    Prieš 3 dienas

    This guy gives me Mark Rober vibes

    • vbddfy euuyt

      vbddfy euuyt

      Prieš 3 dienas

      Mmmmm tentacles

  78. reese :/

    reese :/

    Prieš 3 dienas

    Veritasium you know what you did YOU KNOW WHAT YOU DID

  79. hiccup1001


    Prieš 3 dienas

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

  80. Potato #754

    Potato #754

    Prieš 3 dienas

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

  81. Hannah Lack

    Hannah Lack

    Prieš 3 dienas

    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.

  82. CaptainBlagbird


    Prieš 3 dienas

    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?

  83. TheDtrein


    Prieš 3 dienas

    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).

  84. MiccaPhone


    Prieš 3 dienas

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

  85. Amialythis johnson

    Amialythis johnson

    Prieš 3 dienas

    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

  86. Daveja vu

    Daveja vu

    Prieš 3 dienas

    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.

  87. Mopantsu


    Prieš 3 dienas

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

  88. KapCapKapCap


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  89. Garl The Inventor

    Garl The Inventor

    Prieš 3 dienas

    I could do that

  90. mesa620


    Prieš 3 dienas

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

  91. Dewyu Nohmi

    Dewyu Nohmi

    Prieš 4 dienas

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

  92. Rewind OG

    Rewind OG

    Prieš 4 dienas

    Mmmmm tentacles

  93. PhilouDude


    Prieš 4 dienas

    this is the hardest feking d|ldo ever holy sheet

    • PhilouDude


      Prieš 4 dienas

      censor is insane shmoly shat

  94. Aaron Hicks

    Aaron Hicks

    Prieš 4 dienas

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

  95. Aaron Hicks

    Aaron Hicks

    Prieš 4 dienas

    This would be great in a horror movie

  96. Cameron Lin

    Cameron Lin

    Prieš 4 dienas

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

  97. Gustav Holmström

    Gustav Holmström

    Prieš 4 dienas

    I wonder if it could be helpful during avalanche rescues 🤔

  98. Ben Weigt

    Ben Weigt

    Prieš 4 dienas

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



    Prieš 4 dienas

    I feel violated

  100. zogworth


    Prieš 4 dienas

    Strong geoduck energy