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: ve42.co/mb
Make your own Vine Robot! - www.vinerobots.org
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 ve42.co/HawkesLab, and ve42.co/CHARM
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) ve42.co/VineVideos, and from Stanford University ve42.co/StanfordVideo
Additional info on the intubation vine robot here: www.wardenchem.com/vine
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). - ve42.co/Hawkes2017
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. - ve42.co/Coad2019
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. - ve42.co/Blumenschein2020
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. - ve42.co/Haggerty2019
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. - ve42.co/Naclerio19
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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 epidemicsound.com

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Apr 16, 2021




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Doggo 21 minute ago
my dog can do that
Baby Bebbi
Baby Bebbi 5 hours ago
I’ve gotten so used to seeing people with masks on I didn’t even notice they had masks on at first-
Martine 5 hours ago
Apical dominance is the mechanism by which plants grow. 🤓
Mr Peanut
Mr Peanut 5 hours ago
6:00 guys every morning
Fish Season
Fish Season 8 hours ago
On a smaller level maybe battle ants? I'm currently battling ants...
Markus 9 hours ago
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)
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aron canapa
aron canapa 10 hours ago
As someone whose been intubated 3 times that's cool
Nana&Popo IceClimbers
So a controllable worm or tentacle 🤔
Sorta Cool Facts
Sorta Cool Facts 11 hours ago
Now imagine if that robot was a fully sentient being: that’s literally the furure of AI :O
Typical bamboozler
Typical bamboozler 11 hours ago
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.
bocoy noiu
bocoy noiu 12 hours ago
Plant: grows toward sun This guy: I suddenly feel inspired to create a robot that expands out of itself so as to move
Simon Anton Ehie
Simon Anton Ehie 12 hours ago
This technique is used alot in practical movie effects!
MarnZzZz 13 hours ago
Imagine being stuck in debris after a earthquake and you jsut see a giant plastic worm craeling towards you
Hunter the Parmesan Cheese Smoker
You forgot the morning brew link I don't see it in the description?
Hunter the Parmesan Cheese Smoker
@bocoy noiu it is when you add all the sensors, cameras and intelligent features..
bocoy noiu
bocoy noiu 12 hours ago
Honestly this is very cool but I’m not shure if you can call a inflating tube a robot
Hunter the Parmesan Cheese Smoker
They need to take this to the pyramid of Giza and travel through those tiny shafts
Well Mefisto
Well Mefisto 14 hours ago
People who make any difference. Hats off for these guys. 👋👋👋👋
Jay Antonio Lee
Jay Antonio Lee 15 hours ago
Etiquette Gaming
Etiquette Gaming 15 hours ago
check Linus tech tips, You definitely look like the metahuman on the right
Ethereal Joy
Ethereal Joy 15 hours ago
9:44 Excuse you! They're called "Wacky Waving Inflatable Arm flailing Tube Men" and they deserve your respect.
Вадим Владимирович Тимофеев
Did you heard about LYAGULYALYULIN?
AGRICULTURA Y Mas 16 hours ago
The visual is insane lol!
Jacques De Beauregard
The first utility that come to my mind is to help the house building industry to draw electrical or data cable into tight spaces
Stroys 18 hours ago
Combine thus technology with AI and 🤯
Philip Hubbe
Philip Hubbe 19 hours ago
When it came out of the sewer drain it was kinda creepy
Athol Dickson
Athol Dickson 20 hours ago
They could use it to repair leaking pipes. Send it down the pipe, then leave it there as a liner.
Mithul Narayana
Mithul Narayana 20 hours ago
The engineer looks like Howard from BBT
Do Lut
Do Lut 21 hour ago
9:40 oh please...we all know what it really looks like
Do Lut
Do Lut 21 hour ago
7:27 long wiggly shaft in narrow shaft
PhoenixEye 23 hours ago
Honestly this is very cool but I’m not shure if you can call a inflating tube a robot
Shannen Saez
Shannen Saez 23 hours ago
Really cool applications for this! I know a lot of people will think hentai robots but seriously....so what... If it can sell these prototypes as they develop and reach into mainstream markets then everyone benefits
Ryan Bale
Ryan Bale Day ago
So we can finally send something up our ass m straight out our mouths, science is amazing
Roy HausdesMüllers
Please tell the people to create such robots for medical endoskopie. I am a doctor in this field and we need such innovations.
SwitchLite Day ago
Run cables through a house.
The Knightikins
This is basically the coolest stupid looking machine.
Sun Xiaoxin
Sun Xiaoxin Day ago
All I’m wondering is what is jumping /flying on the water in the background at 9:58 to 10:00
Christopher Shin
Nature inspires men. And men inspires technology.
Artiom Timosenco
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 ?
J B Day ago
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.
jeremy nom
jeremy nom Day ago
i guess some women found how to use it already
Gerard Tan
Gerard Tan Day ago
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..
The Hero
The Hero Day ago
You know what, I really wasn’t expecting steerable inflatable tubes. I really wasn’t.
Thomas Herd
Thomas Herd Day ago
Isn’t it interesting that such a brilliant idea was Mimicked from nature!?
ShakeyBoyzs Day ago
Markiplier smarter cousin
Judah Sh
Judah Sh Day ago
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.
Stratonov16 Day ago
DatBoi TheGudBIAS
Wtf that robot is very strange XD
Shivam 6000
Shivam 6000 Day ago
Bhai Naya video dal na plzz
J V Day ago
Is my ham sandwich considered a robot too?
vbddfy euuyt
vbddfy euuyt Day ago
When the Dr said where he got the idea from I'm sure vine sounded better than blowing down a McDonald's straw wrapper 🤣
Elliot Blake
Elliot Blake Day ago
Science man wears mask outside.
Arnau Ampurdanès
"So where did the idea for this device come from?" Slenderman, just Slenderman.
Masud Hosein
Masud Hosein Day ago
This guy gives me Mark Rober vibes
vbddfy euuyt
vbddfy euuyt Day ago
Mmmmm tentacles
reese :/
reese :/ Day ago
Veritasium you know what you did YOU KNOW WHAT YOU DID
hiccup1001 Day ago
Imagine a game show where you had to hide in a maze from three people controlling a vine robot each.
Potato #754
Potato #754 Day ago
Now I'm worried that some sort of balloon is gonna come out the toilet while I'm on it..
Hannah Lack
Hannah Lack Day ago
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.
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?
TheDtrein Day ago
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).
MiccaPhone 2 days ago
Why is the title of this video in German???
Amialythis johnson
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
Daveja vu
Daveja vu 2 days ago
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.
Mopantsu 2 days ago
This could be a less painful way to do bowel exams.
KapCapKapCap 2 days ago
Garl The Inventor
I could do that
mesa620 2 days ago
Hope to see this on Jackass 4......
Dewyu Nohmi
Dewyu Nohmi 2 days ago
I thought I was watching a plant growing from inside a plastic tube, time lapsed.
Rewind OG
Rewind OG 2 days ago
Mmmmm tentacles
PhilouDude 2 days ago
this is the hardest feking d|ldo ever holy sheet
PhilouDude 2 days ago
censor is insane shmoly shat
Aaron Hicks
Aaron Hicks 2 days ago
The section about burrowing in sand explains how the sand worms in dune could work!
Aaron Hicks
Aaron Hicks 2 days ago
This would be great in a horror movie
Cameron Lin
Cameron Lin 2 days ago
“And what else can you think of to do with it” 😏
Gustav Holmström
I wonder if it could be helpful during avalanche rescues 🤔
Ben Weigt
Ben Weigt 2 days ago
Any one else make these with the wrappers from those long frozen ice pops as a kid?
CRIDDER_FACE 2 days ago
I feel violated
zogworth 2 days ago
Strong geoduck energy
Mr Bruh
Mr Bruh 2 days ago
best robot in the world You know what I mean
A26lolheart 2 days ago
I have a feeling there's going to be someone who uses it as, not intubation, but a "urethral catheder"
terence Sheehan
terence Sheehan 2 days ago
Endless idea's for this. Amazing
terence Sheehan
terence Sheehan 2 days ago
Be great for exploring caves and tombs etc. Brill idea.
Tactical Warblox
Tactical Warblox 3 days ago
I wonder if girls would buy this
D-y-l M
D-y-l M 3 days ago
now, where do those ducks lead
Jamie Duvenage
Jamie Duvenage 3 days ago
0:40 - 0:42 You’re welcome
pranjali prasad
pranjali prasad 3 days ago
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
Vishal S
Vishal S 3 days ago
You are just Awesome
whalpah 3 days ago
Hentai fans : Oh no I'm in a vunlerable position hopefully no robot would abuse this time to do something
Leon Dlamini
Leon Dlamini 3 days ago
This is too nice 👌🏾
Wobblyorbee 3 days ago
hello im hmmm
Rifqi Maalik
Rifqi Maalik 3 days ago
Hentai makers: 🤔😏
kristal kerrick
kristal kerrick 3 days ago
or kill us
JaVon Wilson
JaVon Wilson 3 days ago
The idea came from big max
jessie_fun 3 days ago
This could finally finally satisfy my gf bcoz my 8inch long one just cannot.
smileblockbot 3 days ago
that is more like a worm
Jeremy Quinlan
Jeremy Quinlan 3 days ago
Something tells me air compressors don’t work on mars
Tse Hong Ling
Tse Hong Ling 3 days ago
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.
Cris Blyth
Cris Blyth 3 days ago
I feel this will lead to the scariest form of robot porn...
Gacheru Mburu
Gacheru Mburu 3 days ago
Кабаняра Клыков
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!
Swarnika Singh
Swarnika Singh 3 days ago
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.