This Unstoppable Robot Could Save Your Life

16 apr. 2021
7 423 649 Weergaven

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

  • Put bristle scrubbers on the tips and let the tentacles scrub the hulls of boats with the passing of each wave while moored at the dock.

    nonsquidnonsquid4 uur geleden
  • The year is 2202 the unstoppable robots have killed more than 89% of the humans on earth by entering every possible hole there is. I write this diary for the future generations on the hopes that they develop a time travel machine before they do. Humanity must survive no matter what and our holes must stay open...

    Weslley SantosWeslley Santos4 uur geleden
  • This could easily be used to help constipation

    NoScopeRequired •NoScopeRequired •11 uur geleden
  • okay, okay, so what if I swallow it?

    UltraWolfUltraWolf11 uur geleden
  • “inflatable kinda-like playdough structures you see at car lots” *YOU MEAN TO TELL ME !!!!* *THIS GUY DOESN’T KNOW!?!?*

    OMG!! xXK1T3EK4TXxOMG!! xXK1T3EK4TXx13 uur geleden
  • "everything can be dildo if you brave enough'

    OlkusiowyOlkusiowy13 uur geleden
  • Went to UCSB!! had classes in that building!

    Dave PDave P14 uur geleden
  • Why y'all wearing masks outdoors? You look stupid.

    Joe RoscoeJoe Roscoe15 uur geleden
  • You know what is going to happen. It WILL happen. You know what I mean. Don't lie.

    Rainbow Dash is Da BestRainbow Dash is Da Best17 uur geleden
  • anal probe alert lol

    No BoNo Bo19 uur geleden
  • Cool New tool for hookers 🤔

    Skipper MaySkipper May19 uur geleden
  • *aight, not gonna lie, it looks like a worm*

    surkid101 bsurkid101 b20 uur geleden
  • Doc ock?

    DragazoidYTDragazoidYT20 uur geleden
  • That won’t save someone from choking that’s jus gonna make it worse

    YeetchengYeetcheng20 uur geleden
  • Have they never seen the fkin Venom movie?

    Khris09phKhris09ph21 uur geleden
  • I don't think that a plant inspired this robot...but anyway, interesting invention.

    Florin PandeleFlorin Pandele21 uur geleden
  • I wonder what inspired these guys 😏

    Robert AndersenRobert Andersen22 uur geleden
  • "and what else can you think of to do with it" a certain black and orange adult website: hold my beer

    RO-gaming ftwRO-gaming ftw22 uur geleden
  • In india we can use it to save children who accidently falls inside unclosed pit/borrow holes by modifying design of yhese robots and making some improvization 👍 it could save lives now 😉❤️

    Madhan TMadhan TDag geleden
  • Would be so exciting to see the intubation device make its way into the hospitals!

    RN JohnRN JohnDag geleden
  • tentacle bot when

    Crazydog 330Crazydog 330Dag geleden
  • Like Donnie Darko

    loudawgloudawgDag geleden
  • Hentai fans: *i could use this for another application ;)*

    BoxedIn or Muhammad NafisBoxedIn or Muhammad NafisDag geleden
  • Could be used in places like minefields as its a cheap alternative to the expensive drones used now

    aarryaarryDag geleden
  • This could be a really efficient and easy way to connect bases together in lava caves on Mars or the moon via pressurized paths within the tube

    Squeeker SkeletonSqueeker SkeletonDag geleden
  • It's not a robot, it's a tube

    radradroadbotradradroadbotDag geleden
  • hentacle tentai is becoming real

    Ron NanagadRon NanagadDag geleden
  • The fact it’s called unstoppable robot and they want us to feel safe with it in our arteries right next to our heart? Yeah ok

    Michael TreppelinMichael TreppelinDag geleden
  • Unstoppable eh 🤔

    Anthony MedinaAnthony MedinaDag geleden
  • yo what the bloody hell

    FalkFalkDag geleden
  • It's a plastic bag calling it a robot is highly optimistic.

    Tlaw GasoTlaw GasoDag geleden
  • the thumbnail looks like a pickle

    Catgamer1kittyCatgamer1kittyDag geleden
  • When your remote falls into the underbelly of your couch, pull out the vine.

    SemiMonoSemiMonoDag geleden
  • Unstoppable robot worm < school nurse with a bag of ice

    Bruh what's thatBruh what's thatDag geleden
  • I legit accidentally tried to like this 4 times whilst watching

    Steff MorganSteff MorganDag geleden
  • Yeah yeah, inspired by a vine...

    x_0eufx_0euf2 dagen geleden
  • They get idea from somewhere else I believe

    Vytautas RamanauskasVytautas Ramanauskas2 dagen geleden
  • Hmm I wonder if you could make the air pressure strong enough so it “punches” out and can be used as a weird prank device to bonk people with lol

    Daniel P.Daniel P.2 dagen geleden
  • It could, but why would it do that?

    Gamer LifeGamer Life2 dagen geleden
  • Maybe this could be used as customizable mattress or pillow.

    dbc680dbc6802 dagen geleden
  • Fast repair of main arteries that have been severed.

    Chris DChris D2 dagen geleden
  • The applications are endless!

    Danger DobermanDanger Doberman2 dagen geleden
  • Or it could take your life. Flip the coin 🪙

    My Human ExperienceMy Human Experience2 dagen geleden
  • Oh god… Japan is gonna turn this into porn isn’t it

    Captn' DCaptn' D2 dagen geleden
  • I also grow out from the tip

    Lil YeetLil Yeet2 dagen geleden
  • Fire... Project over

    Lil YeetLil Yeet2 dagen geleden
  • This also unfortunately attracts the attention of R34 enthusiasts.

    Cherry OakholdCherry Oakhold2 dagen geleden
  • i dont want a snake to come in my throat thats like my biggest nightmare

    spice micespice mice2 dagen geleden
  • 9:58 Jesus, is it you?

    Max MadusMax Madus2 dagen geleden
  • this is reminding me of foreskin :/ anyone else?

    AwesomeSword001AwesomeSword0012 dagen geleden
  • Funniest Comment Section i have ever seen 😂😂😂

    FroesterFroester2 dagen geleden
  • This looks (and works) like the tentacles of alien ship from war of the worlds

    Navdeep SinghNavdeep Singh2 dagen geleden
  • .

    Ezeckel ReichertEzeckel Reichert2 dagen geleden
  • This reminds me of a........

    Soljarag5Soljarag52 dagen geleden
  • Ocean exploration

    Carrot GodCarrot God2 dagen geleden
  • Vascular stents seems like an obvious application.

    Nathan BerriganNathan Berrigan2 dagen geleden
  • thing is, is that nature always seems to be the best option. wings for planes? efficient bullet trains? this robot?

    AnymAnym3 dagen geleden
    • I’d like to put it up my

      ceerw butyceerw buty2 dagen geleden
  • I saw a video from Brave Wilderness where they caught Bloodworms, and they do exactly what these machines do

    Meelek EditsMeelek Edits3 dagen geleden
  • I feel like this would make running wires behind a wall soooo much easier.

    Alex GilbreathAlex Gilbreath3 dagen geleden
    • That's actually genius

      Jacob WeiheJacob WeiheDag geleden
  • narrator: "what else can you think of to do with it?" narrator after video uploads: "shouldn't have said that. i should NOT have said that"

    pixelatorpixelator3 dagen geleden
  • Oh no...

    Dylan JanosDylan Janos3 dagen geleden
  • Tentacle robots? I could get used to that.

    AwfulMusikAwfulMusik3 dagen geleden
  • Masks make anything lame

    David ManskeDavid Manske3 dagen geleden
  • robot?

    akhtar razzanakhtar razzan3 dagen geleden
  • For the sever constipated patients. With a little lube or soap aaand, walahhh! 💩

    Luis RaposoLuis Raposo3 dagen geleden
  • Attack of the Triphids

    Bob OakshieldsBob Oakshields3 dagen geleden
  • A bike inner tube hooked up to a air compressor without and tire lol

    Boogeyjosh563yeahhBoogeyjosh563yeahh3 dagen geleden
  • 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.

    dwatts64dwatts643 dagen geleden
  • 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 Oranges3 dagen geleden
  • hentacle tentai....

    CrowF10CrowF103 dagen geleden
  • I’d like to put it up my

    Pqu1tryPqu1try4 dagen geleden
  • 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 bersch4 dagen geleden
  • Why didn’t the @Mark Rober

    Caden RennerCaden Renner4 dagen geleden
  • 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.Cartoon4 dagen geleden
    • That was actually in Thailand

      Davi BritoDavi Brito2 dagen geleden
  • 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?

    IkraznekIkraznek4 dagen geleden
  • this is hilarious

    Vinny RealVinny Real4 dagen geleden
  • 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 Musliar4 dagen geleden
  • Him: It could hold up to 1000kilograms. *robot burst So u r a 1000kilograms?

    Anelka LeeAnelka Lee4 dagen geleden
  • So useful. This is what soft robotics is all about.

    Tyrus MadsdenTyrus Madsden4 dagen geleden
  • I've seen this video weeks ago.

    Donavan B LoForte RPN, RCRT, LCRTDonavan B LoForte RPN, RCRT, LCRT4 dagen geleden
  • *Му дiск when I take viаgга*

    Sleepy_Joe BidenSleepy_Joe Biden4 dagen geleden
  • Nice concept

    Sanjeet VillaSanjeet Villa4 dagen geleden
  • I hope this robot can find every hole in my body like what Hentai Tentacles would do🤤🤤🤤

    Arolema PrarathArolema Prarath4 dagen geleden
  • _" 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...

    ebiebi4 dagen geleden
  • Emma_rose

    Alexandre Bouchard DumaisAlexandre Bouchard Dumais4 dagen geleden
  • Finding the 10MM socket that i dropped in my engine bay!

    ItzMrFizzItzMrFizz5 dagen geleden
    • 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

      soiung toiuesoiung toiue4 dagen geleden
  • 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_ Gamer5 dagen geleden
  • 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 Chowdhury5 dagen geleden
  • Is there a company that makes them?

    samuelsamuel5 dagen geleden
  • This is not a robot it's air and plastic.

    lou mlou m5 dagen geleden
  • Inflatables

    Think QuicklyThink Quickly5 dagen geleden
  • It kinda looks like something from tremors

    Landon playsLandon plays5 dagen geleden
  • Other talk about robot: Me rewatching 9:58 :is that jesus ?

    ChapulinixChapulinix5 dagen geleden
  • Coronary angiography, would be interesting to explore.

    JippidyjappersJippidyjappers5 dagen geleden
  • Looks pretty useless to be honest

    Iván De LeónIván De León5 dagen geleden
  • my dog can do that

    DoggoDoggo5 dagen geleden
  • I’ve gotten so used to seeing people with masks on I didn’t even notice they had masks on at first-

    Baby BebbiBaby Bebbi5 dagen geleden
  • Apical dominance is the mechanism by which plants grow. 🤓

    MartineMartine5 dagen geleden
  • 6:00 guys every morning

    Mr PeanutMr Peanut5 dagen geleden