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., \u0026 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., ... \u0026 Okamura, A. M. (2019). Vine robots: Design, teleoperation, and deployment for navigation and exploration. IEEE Robotics \u0026 Automation Magazine, 27(3), 120-132. -

Blumenschein, L. H., Coad, M. M., Haggerty, D. A., Okamura, A. M., \u0026 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., \u0026 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., \u0026 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

  • Baba Is you
    Baba Is you

    Idk why, but that ballons look very familiar to me

  • Dani Dinew
    Dani Dinew

    the henti is comming for me

  • GigaBoost

    Very cool, but betting this never gets out of prototype/ideas stage.

  • Killer Macchiato
    Killer Macchiato

    Extends from the tip, gets way bigger than original form, can fit in tight spaces, and go over sticky surfaces.... Hey ive got one of those 🤔

  • Peace?

    All the intelligent applications that are suggested by the développers is really impressive. Congratulations. I wish I was part of that brilliant team

  • The Trident Dragon
    The Trident Dragon


  • The Unlaughable
    The Unlaughable

    9:56 So we’re not going to notice the animal in the back running on *water?*

  • Andrew Bledsoe
    Andrew Bledsoe

    But would it make a difference if it was 1000kg of steel or a 1000 kilograms of feathers?

  • Baldski


  • TheLupineFriend -lastname-
    TheLupineFriend -lastname-

    Veritasium: "Different applications from archeology to search and rescue, or intabation to space exploration. What else can you think of to do with it?" Me: EXTENDABLE LAMP!

  • TheLupineFriend -lastname-
    TheLupineFriend -lastname-

    Vertasium: "High tech unstoppable robot for many uses!" Me: "PARTY BALLOON!"

  • Josh

    Discord mods after finding a minor on their server:

  • Jolly Green
    Jolly Green

    I think I'll buy up every single one of these things and sell them all on gay toy sites. I'll make a fortune!

  • CrazyGaming

    This snake robot reminds me scarily of the snake scene from Prometheus. Holy hell, this is some creepy .... We need to put an AI into this. Or even better apply this technique to snake DNA so we can become true engineers. Imagine snakes that can enter anything, unstoppable.

  • The Horizon
    The Horizon

    Man, people are really gonna have fun with this one...

    • Fppd47

      @dangernoodle wtf

    • dangernoodle

      Even more fun with the family!

    • Caleb Maness
      Caleb Maness

      In the bedroom

    • ToxifTick

      hey love your videos man

  • mich sles
    mich sles

    someone will turn it into a bong..

  • mike benjamin
    mike benjamin

    I laughed like a little girl through this whole video

  • Toha

    i thought this was already a thing i saw this somewhere years ago

    • TheLupineFriend -lastname-
      TheLupineFriend -lastname-

      Probably at a party!

  • ChannelEmpty

    Its mostlikely not gonna be used to help and morelikel to destroy,

  • Dani

    Extremely simple yet effective. I love it!

  • Blitzeld

    No one Boys when waking up:

  • chiron van de Graaf
    chiron van de Graaf

    Is it weird when I say that I'm quite disturbed of this robotXD

  • Mr Brightside
    Mr Brightside

    Surely a piece of soft fabric isn't going to hold a person's airway open though?

  • Peter Boekel
    Peter Boekel

    It is a nice idea. And certainitly has it's uses. but calling it a robot is bit of stretch it's more like a delivery or transport idea. missed one important point how do you steer it?

    • TheLupineFriend -lastname-
      TheLupineFriend -lastname-

      Inflatable muscles. (did you finish the video?)

  • Truth chan
    Truth chan

    Where did you get the idea? "HENTAI FLASHBACK"

  • Bird

    Whacky waving inflatable arm flailing tube men who have aged and cannot perform in the bedroom for their whacky waving inflatable arm flailing tube wives anymore finally have a solution in this whacky growing inflatable phallic firm penetrating tube device! edit 9:45 this abomination of a man just called them "inflatable PLAYDOUGH structures from carlots"

  • SPeterJamesN

    I can think of a few fun uses for these.

  • Starrett


  • stonedboss

    Imagine being burried inside a colapsed building, pitch black and feeling a giant tentacle touching you

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    good grief

    This is the start to doc octopus

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  • J London
    J London

    I liked the antenna use, if it was a stand alone system that would be awesome for quick radio setups in the bush. No more throwing lines and rigging. That is more building structure though and doesn’t really need to be a robot…although it could be used to scale trees, buildings or other objects to setup your own antenna in a more discrete fashion. Would help spelunking. If portable enough, could be drug along and used to explore smaller cracks or crevices. Put a display head on the end and you have a following monitor. Have a few for security cameras on a property. If sensors pick up a noise, can deploy to investigate. We will probably make large, I mean HUGE, versions of the dancing flower. Remember the little guy in his pot, sunglasses on and ready to boogie? Well, celebrate spring with a giant sunflower who “lights up” your garden display with dance routines!

  • Platinum_T

    I would put 8 of these on my back.

  • J London
    J London

    Talk about a person who plays snakes being important. You wouldn’t need the large pad. Just loop the robot to make the shape. We’ve all had that long snake and needed to fold in next to itself.

  • Yury Komarinskiy
    Yury Komarinskiy

    It shall be beneficial to use it for aircraft. Currently aircrafts are overweighted because of planty of revision hatches all over the plane. With this "thing" in mind future aircraft design can be lighter this more fuel efficient.

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  • Mrskep Flam
    Mrskep Flam


  • Shane Cateriny
    Shane Cateriny

    This could mean huge profits for condom manufacturers.

  • ???

    What y'all be callin this??

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  • JaFe

    "so my balance is not great as you can see" "TrY StAnDinG oN It"

    • GigaBoost

      @J London sitting is easier you goofball

    • J London
      J London

      Though, which would be easier? Sitting crossed legged on a yoga ball or standing on one? With CL your center of mass is low, but your mobility is limited. Standing up, you have a greater range of motion while having a center of mass further from your balance point. I wonder how it would turn out? More of a tiktok challenge and less of a mythbusters idea though, unfortunately.

  • Priklad geniye
    Priklad geniye

    I would use it for spying

  • Ali Addas
    Ali Addas

    The only thing i can think of is a good ol' fashioned colonoscopy

  • Dgisch

    Isnt this just inflating a tube?

  • Dgisch

    Hentai robot

  • Wagomu S
    Wagomu S

    They look like tape worms, robot-ised

  • Yosef Yochanan Ben Hershel
    Yosef Yochanan Ben Hershel

    How about unclogging vessels and artieries

  • Jacob Hendrickson
    Jacob Hendrickson

    This gives me Farenheit 451 vibes

  • Leo Karasinski
    Leo Karasinski

    Real life tremors....pass!

  • khalid Qurashi
    khalid Qurashi

    What I made this with a air in a can

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    Mike Mohler

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  • keel 0
    keel 0

    oh sure buddy "a plant"...

  • Darragh Talorgan
    Darragh Talorgan

    I know this is gonna get lost in here but I had an idea about the movement of the robot. Curently using the air bladders is quite cumbersome and I'd say limits the robots ability to squeese itself through small places. Would it make sense instead to use that fabric that constricts with current? Set out in an array with toggle switches along the sides of the tentacle would it not give the operators much more control? I don't know enough about this subject to know whether or not this idea has merit but hopefully someone can let me know either way.

  • John Kim
    John Kim

    forbidden condom

  • Captain Kyogre
    Captain Kyogre

    The more control the better the safety in trying to get to someone that could be in a cave, or in a locked room, or in a fire or flood.

  • Elijah Centolella
    Elijah Centolella

    Who else thought that it was a pickle with spikes sticking out of it

  • Jason Perry
    Jason Perry


  • Frank Yenchick
    Frank Yenchick

    Use this in a colonoscopy or to view the whole length of the digestive system.

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    Nancy Rodriguez

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  • Hunter 2106
    Hunter 2106

    Imagine someone under a collapsed building and the robot touches his/her butt The Robot - "I see we got another hole to push through"

  • Jar

    6:02 bro same actually

  • Aurora Lushi
    Aurora Lushi

    My cousin will love this

  • TheeMrRoboto

    Penetrating Endoscopic Navigation Intelligent System robot...or PENIS robot.

  • Mønkey

    Pretty amazing!

  • French Smith
    French Smith

    6:02 ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

  • Xavier Myers
    Xavier Myers

    The intubation guy sounded like he was doing a Nicholas cage impression at the beginning

  • Umbra Highwind
    Umbra Highwind

    I grow from the tip. That's what she said

  • Timberwolfe

    :( Great Great :( Now I can imaginea death of someone with that "Incubation" device. Just cover mouth and activate.

  • Dorian Pérez Morga
    Dorian Pérez Morga

    It's not really a robot..

  • Over Stand
    Over Stand

    He maybe Dr Oct and peter maybe there. Hmm

  • Hashtag Boi
    Hashtag Boi

    Big Hero 6 much ?

  • Anarkey

    Me: Watched the video and something clicked in my mind Me when reading the comments: I am not disappointed 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  • Adam Hofman
    Adam Hofman

    Now I’m curious as to how those off shoot tunnels were dug three and half thousand years ago, if the tunnels are to small for a human...

  • Anna Buet
    Anna Buet

    This is so cool !!!

  • Nick nielsen
    Nick nielsen

    Massive shlong

  • River Rice
    River Rice


  • outlander

    Can it find the missing 10 mm in the engine bay that never plinko to the ground ?

  • Carlos Lopez
    Carlos Lopez

    I practice critical care medicine and I want desperately to play with the intubation robot. This could save tons of lives and reduce complications from airway trauma in the field. Its so brilliant.

  • ztoob8898

    I'm thinking how this kind of gizmo could work its way around a serpentine radiation barrier (overlapping walls of lead would stop straight-line radiation particals and waves) and allow inspection of hot environments like Chernobyl or Fukushima Daiichi. Have it drag a fiber-optic bundle behind it for sending images past the barrier. The operator and electronics could stay safely behind the barrier while inspecting a rad-hot environment. I can also foresee a day when a vine robot will be usable to a minimally trained operator, just like defib robots are saving lives today. This is heady stuff!

  • ShayoRest

    smash it into a tv. right now. do it.

  • shawz10

    This video suffers from innuendo overload.

  • Jeanetta m Decou
    Jeanetta m Decou

    A robot 🤣🤣🤣

  • Lord_Falcon

    Some may call it a soft robot, I like to call it a growing tentacle😩

  • Rafael

    The Condomnator P.S-69.

  • ramza675

    The clown from scary movie

  • Nathan Watson
    Nathan Watson

    3:37 That has fire industry uses! If you can make it capable of lifting 1-2 tons, that is.

    • Nicholas Imhoff
      Nicholas Imhoff

      We have something very similar already. Inflatable Kevlar airbags to lift things like vehicles off people. Quick to deploy, very powerful, relatively thin. But not as smart!

  • Youth_ful

    I have such a dirty mind...

  • Ingrid Ramirez
    Ingrid Ramirez

    This may be good for a science project!

  • Glided Guy
    Glided Guy

    But? Can it enter a b hole? Or even...

  • Jorge Martin
    Jorge Martin

    And thus, Hentai robots were born.

  • Undead_Inside


  • Ahmad Saeed
    Ahmad Saeed

    3.5k people don't want their lives saved apparently

  • Hannah Ni
    Hannah Ni

    this is my school!!!!

  • Lolypop B333
    Lolypop B333

    This emphasizes my sex-repulsed asexuality. I am very concerned for the allos. Are you all okay?

  • Jaybie De Jesus
    Jaybie De Jesus

    It's like snek. 🐍🐍🐍

  • Sniff.

    Yeah the human race is not going to live through this.

  • VideoHub

    Thank you for discovering this robot

  • _tenfictions_

    but can it be longer than my co-