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

  • Smart idea

    Junior EspinozaJunior Espinoza2 órája
  • Imagine the robot instead of entering the trachea, it enters the esophagus Nevermind

    Die Nosor PoDie Nosor Po2 órája
  • Reminds me of that one part of the 2005 war of the worlds

    Dale G.Dale G.3 órája
  • This would be great for feeding wires through walls.

    KyleKyle3 órája
  • And i was thinking, where I saw this technology before, then in comments section my gender fellows helped me remind 🤔 ! The technology which booming the population since exist

    Ab khanAb khan3 órája
  • And men using growing robot since exist! Using to find its way without problem 🙃

    Ab khanAb khan3 órája
  • What else could you do with it? Weaponise it probobally The sound of a robot that can be deployed anywhere seems INCREDIBLY useful in combat

    Eagan _Eagan _3 órája
  • My dog can do that.

    PP4 órája
  • Maybe to help the weak sperms of some unfortunate men... 🤔

    Stanislaus BöhmeStanislaus Böhme6 órája
  • Legit idea: I work in the sewer maintenance industry and we have a camera for inspecting residential sewer services. It is basically a camera on the end of a rigid cable that you push down the line to the problem area (roots, grease, utilities bored through, etc..) For short distances it works great, but in some instances the distance needed to "travel" down the pipe is greater than the length of cable, or the increasing friction of the cable against the pipe as the distance grows (especially if the pipe makes multiple turns), causes it to be impossible to push further. This seems like it could go way further down the pipe in those cases, so long as there aren't areas holding water (maybe it would pass through that as well?). Interesting!

    Stephen White, Jr.Stephen White, Jr.7 órája
  • To the pyramids

    SmudgyTVSmudgyTV7 órája
  • Pipe repair companies use something similar to repair rather than replace large old drains

    KurtKurt8 órája
  • Is that a state-of-the-art, complex, multi-functional inflatable robot or are you just happy to see me?

    MrAtaguasMrAtaguas12 órája
  • 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.

    nonsquidnonsquid16 órája
  • 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 Santos16 órája
  • This could easily be used to help constipation

    NoScopeRequired •NoScopeRequired •23 órája
  • okay, okay, so what if I swallow it?

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

    OMG!! xXK1T3EK4TXxOMG!! xXK1T3EK4TXxNapja
  • "everything can be dildo if you brave enough'

  • Went to UCSB!! had classes in that building!

    Dave PDave PNapja
  • Why y'all wearing masks outdoors? You look stupid.

    Joe RoscoeJoe RoscoeNapja
  • 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 BestNapja
  • anal probe alert lol

    No BoNo BoNapja
  • Cool New tool for hookers 🤔

    Skipper MaySkipper MayNapja
  • *aight, not gonna lie, it looks like a worm*

    surkid101 bsurkid101 bNapja
  • Doc ock?

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

  • Have they never seen the fkin Venom movie?

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

    Florin PandeleFlorin PandeleNapja
  • I wonder what inspired these guys 😏

    Robert AndersenRobert AndersenNapja
  • "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 ftwNapja
  • 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 TNapja
  • Would be so exciting to see the intubation device make its way into the hospitals!

    RN JohnRN JohnNapja
  • tentacle bot when

    Crazydog 330Crazydog 330Napja
  • Like Donnie Darko

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

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

    aarryaarry2 napja
  • 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 Skeleton2 napja
  • It's not a robot, it's a tube

    radradroadbotradradroadbot2 napja
  • hentacle tentai is becoming real

    Ron NanagadRon Nanagad2 napja
  • 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 Treppelin2 napja
  • Unstoppable eh 🤔

    Anthony MedinaAnthony Medina2 napja
  • yo what the bloody hell

    FalkFalk2 napja
  • It's a plastic bag calling it a robot is highly optimistic.

    Tlaw GasoTlaw Gaso2 napja
  • the thumbnail looks like a pickle

    Catgamer1kittyCatgamer1kitty2 napja
  • When your remote falls into the underbelly of your couch, pull out the vine.

    SemiMonoSemiMono2 napja
  • Unstoppable robot worm < school nurse with a bag of ice

    Bruh what's thatBruh what's that2 napja
  • I legit accidentally tried to like this 4 times whilst watching

    Steff MorganSteff Morgan2 napja
  • Yeah yeah, inspired by a vine...

    x_0eufx_0euf2 napja
  • They get idea from somewhere else I believe

    Vytautas RamanauskasVytautas Ramanauskas2 napja
  • 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 napja
  • It could, but why would it do that?

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

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

    Chris DChris D2 napja
  • The applications are endless!

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

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

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

    Lil YeetLil Yeet2 napja
  • Fire... Project over

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

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

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

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

    AwesomeSword001AwesomeSword0013 napja
  • Funniest Comment Section i have ever seen 😂😂😂

    FroesterFroester3 napja
  • This looks (and works) like the tentacles of alien ship from war of the worlds

    Navdeep SinghNavdeep Singh3 napja
  • .

    Ezeckel ReichertEzeckel Reichert3 napja
  • This reminds me of a........

    Soljarag5Soljarag53 napja
  • Ocean exploration

    Carrot GodCarrot God3 napja
  • Vascular stents seems like an obvious application.

    Nathan BerriganNathan Berrigan3 napja
  • thing is, is that nature always seems to be the best option. wings for planes? efficient bullet trains? this robot?

    AnymAnym3 napja
    • I’d like to put it up my

      ceerw butyceerw buty3 napja
  • I saw a video from Brave Wilderness where they caught Bloodworms, and they do exactly what these machines do

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

    Alex GilbreathAlex Gilbreath3 napja
    • That's actually genius

      Jacob WeiheJacob Weihe2 napja
  • 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 napja
  • Oh no...

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

    AwfulMusikAwfulMusik3 napja
  • Masks make anything lame

    David ManskeDavid Manske3 napja
  • robot?

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

    Luis RaposoLuis Raposo3 napja
  • Attack of the Triphids

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

    Boogeyjosh563yeahhBoogeyjosh563yeahh4 napja
  • 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.

    dwatts64dwatts644 napja
  • 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 Oranges4 napja
  • hentacle tentai....

    CrowF10CrowF104 napja
  • I’d like to put it up my

    Pqu1tryPqu1try4 napja
  • 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 napja
  • Why didn’t the @Mark Rober

    Caden RennerCaden Renner4 napja
  • 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 napja
    • That was actually in Thailand

      Davi BritoDavi Brito2 napja
  • 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 napja
  • this is hilarious

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

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

    Tyrus MadsdenTyrus Madsden5 napja
  • I've seen this video weeks ago.

    Donavan B LoForte RPN, RCRT, LCRTDonavan B LoForte RPN, RCRT, LCRT5 napja
  • *Му дiск when I take viаgга*

    Sleepy_Joe BidenSleepy_Joe Biden5 napja
  • Nice concept

    Sanjeet VillaSanjeet Villa5 napja
  • I hope this robot can find every hole in my body like what Hentai Tentacles would do🤤🤤🤤

    Arolema PrarathArolema Prarath5 napja
  • _" 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...

    ebiebi5 napja
  • Emma_rose

    Alexandre Bouchard DumaisAlexandre Bouchard Dumais5 napja
  • Finding the 10MM socket that i dropped in my engine bay!

    ItzMrFizzItzMrFizz5 napja
    • 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

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