This Unstoppable Robot Could Save Your Life

70 517 Weergaven 7 mln.

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


  1. Miguel Soriano
    Miguel Soriano
    2 uur geleden

    Oh its going into the holes!

  2. Edgar Montana
    Edgar Montana
    3 uur geleden

    What are you doing, step bot?

  3. K. Ferhan Batıoğlu
    K. Ferhan Batıoğlu
    3 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.

  4. Uriel Septim
    Uriel Septim
    3 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.

  5. Kalpesh Kamble
    Kalpesh Kamble
    3 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?

  6. FurbyFondler
    4 uur geleden

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

  7. King of Hueco Mundo
    King of Hueco Mundo
    4 uur geleden

    Attack of the Saving Balloons!!!

  8. Rajeev Mathur
    Rajeev Mathur
    4 uur geleden

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

  9. Ade Ra
    Ade Ra
    5 uur geleden

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

  10. fishyEplayz
    6 uur geleden

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

  11. Micheal Futch
    Micheal Futch
    6 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.

  12. Piotr P.
    Piotr P.
    6 uur geleden

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

  13. George Butcher
    George Butcher
    6 uur geleden

    Man made octopus

  14. RIcky Rick
    RIcky Rick
    9 uur geleden

    Nothing is unstoppable. Perpetual motion machines do not exist.

  15. g C
    g C
    9 uur geleden

    Kind of like that water hose they invented

  16. Venancio Rivera zarazua
    Venancio Rivera zarazua
    9 uur geleden

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

  17. Bong Jovi
    Bong Jovi
    10 uur geleden

    Fleshlight 2.0 looks craaaazy

  18. John Boze
    John Boze
    10 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

  19. paranoidandroid
    10 uur geleden

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

  20. The H
    The H
    12 uur geleden

    This is genius 🤓🤓🙌🙌

  21. rmp5s
    13 uur geleden

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

  22. mayank _hey
    mayank _hey
    14 uur geleden

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

  23. yasio bolo
    yasio bolo
    14 uur geleden

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

  24. Local TrashCanon
    Local TrashCanon
    14 uur geleden

    Yall degenerates smh

  25. Anfo515
    14 uur geleden

    it is amazing with how many innovations people come up.

  26. jen wright
    jen wright
    14 uur geleden

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

  27. Alexander
    15 uur geleden

    Man, this video was great!! Thanks

    1. yasio bolo
      yasio bolo
      14 uur geleden

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

  28. すゆ
    16 uur geleden


  29. Lord M3s
    Lord M3s
    17 uur geleden

    This Technology was already hit by Japanizing Beam 🤣

  30. I would like to order A number 1 Big Mac meal
    I would like to order A number 1 Big Mac meal
    17 uur geleden

    You can apply a lot of applications with this thing. We will see more of this in our future.

  31. mjc11493
    19 uur geleden

    I see. Skynet is evolving

  32. Sapphire Gaming
    Sapphire Gaming
    21 uur geleden


  33. Graham Cunningham
    Graham Cunningham
    21 uur geleden

    Put a heat sensor into

  34. ashro101
    22 uur geleden

    Can you stop calling it robot? It's A very useful tool! (Calling this tool a robot makes everything robot)

  35. Slewpo
    22 uur 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.

  36. Wojciech Ciech
    Wojciech Ciech
    22 uur geleden

    Anyone who read this I wish you health and abundance. Let all your fears, problems, and worries disappear immediately!

  37. Nalmas Mohd
    Nalmas Mohd
    23 uur geleden


  38. 4ur3n
    23 uur geleden

    I feel like Dr. Elliot was not completely honest where he got the idea from for the robot.

  39. Neco
    Dag geleden

    Deli lan bu

  40. Biker
    Dag geleden

    Looks like water tubes used by oceanic under water creatures from a movie...

    Dag geleden

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

    Dag geleden

    Do you think that Sand application would work with Constipation!??

    Dag geleden

    I've got it!! SPACE-ELEVATOR!

    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?

  45. Ryx Ch.
    Ryx Ch.
    Dag geleden

    Damn rule 34 is coming

  46. 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

  47. Brad Schneider
    Brad Schneider
    Dag geleden

    If you drop something important in a lake, river, ECT.... Does it work in moving water?

  48. qopoy dnon
    qopoy dnon
    Dag geleden

    Imagine how many pp jokes were made during the production of this robot

  49. 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

  50. Jared R
    Jared R
    Dag geleden

    So it's a inflated balloon?

  51. Jay Are
    Jay Are
    Dag geleden

    hentai jokes aside, this is pretty fascinating.

  52. Nelson Aviles
    Nelson Aviles
    Dag geleden

    This is the cure to constipation

    1. 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.

  53. Klonoa_TheCabbit Animations
    Klonoa_TheCabbit Animations
    Dag geleden

    “KNACK || BABY!!”

  54. 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

  55. mpho mikosi
    mpho mikosi
    Dag geleden

    Congratulations you have just created a 🐍

  56. Liam W.
    Liam W.
    Dag geleden

    Benis :DDD

  57. Meu Canto Games
    Meu Canto Games
    Dag geleden

    Those guys just created a functional sandworm prototype

  58. David Watt
    David Watt
    Dag geleden

    Should send that into the Great Pyramid in Egypt to have a look inside.

  59. 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

  60. Andrea Greenhill
    Andrea Greenhill
    Dag geleden


  61. X Æ A-Xii
    X Æ A-Xii
    Dag geleden

    GTA 5 train: Finally a worthy opponent! Our battle will be legendary!

  62. jay kicklighter
    jay kicklighter
    Dag geleden

    All the reasons those weebs gave were lies. Lmao

  63. 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 🤣

  64. 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

  65. Pineapaple
    Dag geleden

    It’s like a snake Ssssssss Sssssssssssss Ssssssssss

  66. 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.

  67. Fediani4
    Dag 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!

  68. Dee Snuts
    Dee Snuts
    Dag geleden

    That one girl that bought the robot: God please forgive me

  69. flache
    Dag 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...

  70. Ice 487
    Ice 487
    Dag geleden

    I'm sure the internet can think of multiple ways to use these robots.

  71. Ice 487
    Ice 487
    Dag geleden

    Imagine being in a hospital and then getting deepthroated by a balloon.

    1. trexmaster9000
      Dag geleden

      yeah if only

    Dag geleden

    Dis sounds like a futuristic strapon

  73. Cara Furry
    Cara Furry
    Dag geleden

    9:45 the wacky inflatable tube Man?

  74. Mr MIPS
    Mr MIPS
    Dag 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.

    Dag geleden

    Koro sensei tenteciles?

  76. Akeem Dickson
    Akeem Dickson
    Dag geleden

    Are we gonna get a ByMax soon ???......"big hero 6"

  77. JMS MasterPanda
    JMS MasterPanda
    Dag geleden

    Hentai tentacle are becoming real.... Oh no

  78. Hoang Minh
    Hoang Minh
    Dag geleden


  79. andrea barone
    andrea barone
    Dag geleden


  80. Travel WithoutMoving
    Travel WithoutMoving
    Dag geleden

    Making a Robot is hard so i will just make a long baloon.

  81. Nijeguhz
    Dag geleden

    Matt Powell has a giant inflatable banana in his backyard, that he names Dr. Peel.

  82. tehlarsie
    Dag 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.

  83. Francesco Spagnolo
    Francesco Spagnolo
    Dag geleden

    I just can't stop thinking of the un-scientific uses for something like that

  84. Curiosity Seeker
    Curiosity Seeker
    Dag geleden

    Anyone else’s snake anxiety kicking in??

  85. Dominic Lovato
    Dominic Lovato
    Dag 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.

  86. FedRengar
    Dag geleden

    Tentecal 😶

  87. Tregeta
    Dag geleden

    Tip extention joke.

    Dag geleden

    US military be like: bomb on end of robot. Robot grow into bunker.

  89. YeaDatWun YT
    YeaDatWun YT
    Dag geleden

    I've heard "Just the tip" so many times in this video🤣🤣🤣

  90. Phillip Gertz
    Phillip Gertz
    Dag geleden

    What are you doing step-robot

  91. Daniel Hodge
    Daniel Hodge
    Dag geleden

    These guys are gonna be billionaires

  92. H2O
    Dag geleden


  93. Antonio Farina
    Antonio Farina
    Dag geleden

    It really can go deep into anything...

  94. Felix Mizioznikov
    Felix Mizioznikov
    Dag geleden

    And unclog your toilet.

  95. Crackli'nBraap
    Dag geleden

    So this robot can save lives huh? Can I tell it my problems and will it fix it?

  96. max ten
    max ten
    Dag geleden

    Make a really long one Attach it to a submarine Go as deep we can in submarine Tell me wtf is at the bottom of the ocean.

  97. emily
    Dag geleden

    This is so interesting! There's actually a practice called biomimicry, and I think this is a fine example of biomimicry.

  98. Alexander Panchenko
    Alexander Panchenko
    2 dagen geleden

    Never thought an air balloon would be called a robot.

  99. Stephen Schmitt
    Stephen Schmitt
    2 dagen geleden

    The rise of iron dlc in destiny told me to get rid of this stuff fast

  100. Chance
    2 dagen geleden

    Was expecting immature comments...was not deceived