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., & 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


  1. bocoy noiu

    bocoy noiu

    6 perccel

    Plant: grows toward sun This guy: I suddenly feel inspired to create a robot that expands out of itself so as to move

  2. Simon Anton Ehie

    Simon Anton Ehie

    11 perccel

    This technique is used alot in practical movie effects!

  3. MarnZzZz



    Imagine being stuck in debris after a earthquake and you jsut see a giant plastic worm craeling towards you

  4. Hunter the Parmesan Cheese Smoker

    Hunter the Parmesan Cheese Smoker


    You forgot the morning brew link I don't see it in the description?

    • Hunter the Parmesan Cheese Smoker

      Hunter the Parmesan Cheese Smoker

      2 perccel

      @bocoy noiu it is when you add all the sensors, cameras and intelligent features..

    • bocoy noiu

      bocoy noiu

      5 perccel

      Honestly this is very cool but I’m not shure if you can call a inflating tube a robot

  5. Hunter the Parmesan Cheese Smoker

    Hunter the Parmesan Cheese Smoker


    They need to take this to the pyramid of Giza and travel through those tiny shafts

  6. Well Mefisto

    Well Mefisto

    2 órája

    People who make any difference. Hats off for these guys. 👋👋👋👋

  7. Jay Antonio Lee

    Jay Antonio Lee

    3 órája


  8. Etiquette Gaming

    Etiquette Gaming

    3 órája

    check Linus tech tips, You definitely look like the metahuman on the right

  9. Ethereal Joy

    Ethereal Joy

    3 órája

    9:44 Excuse you! They're called "Wacky Waving Inflatable Arm flailing Tube Men" and they deserve your respect.

  10. Вадим Владимирович Тимофеев

    Вадим Владимирович Тимофеев

    3 órája

    Did you heard about LYAGULYALYULIN?



    4 órája

    The visual is insane lol!

  12. Jacques De Beauregard

    Jacques De Beauregard

    6 órája

    The first utility that come to my mind is to help the house building industry to draw electrical or data cable into tight spaces

  13. Stroys


    6 órája

    Combine thus technology with AI and 🤯

  14. Philip Hubbe

    Philip Hubbe

    6 órája

    When it came out of the sewer drain it was kinda creepy

  15. Athol Dickson

    Athol Dickson

    7 órája

    They could use it to repair leaking pipes. Send it down the pipe, then leave it there as a liner.

  16. Mithul Narayana

    Mithul Narayana

    8 órája

    The engineer looks like Howard from BBT

  17. Do Lut

    Do Lut

    9 órája

    9:40 oh please...we all know what it really looks like

  18. Do Lut

    Do Lut

    9 órája

    7:27 long wiggly shaft in narrow shaft

  19. PhoenixEye


    10 órája

    Honestly this is very cool but I’m not shure if you can call a inflating tube a robot

  20. Shannen Saez

    Shannen Saez

    11 órája

    Really cool applications for this! I know a lot of people will think hentai robots but what... If it can sell these prototypes as they develop and reach into mainstream markets then everyone benefits

  21. Ryan Bale

    Ryan Bale

    12 órája

    So we can finally send something up our ass m straight out our mouths, science is amazing

  22. Roy HausdesMüllers

    Roy HausdesMüllers

    12 órája

    Please tell the people to create such robots for medical endoskopie. I am a doctor in this field and we need such innovations.

  23. SwitchLite


    14 órája

    Run cables through a house.

  24. The Knightikins

    The Knightikins

    15 órája

    This is basically the coolest stupid looking machine.

  25. Sun Xiaoxin

    Sun Xiaoxin

    16 órája

    All I’m wondering is what is jumping /flying on the water in the background at 9:58 to 10:00

  26. Christopher Shin

    Christopher Shin

    17 órája

    Nature inspires men. And men inspires technology.

  27. Artiom Timosenco

    Artiom Timosenco

    17 órája

    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 ?

  28. J B

    J B

    18 órája

    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.

  29. jeremy nom

    jeremy nom

    19 órája

    i guess some women found how to use it already

  30. Gerard Tan

    Gerard Tan

    19 órája

    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..

  31. The Hero

    The Hero

    21 órája

    You know what, I really wasn’t expecting steerable inflatable tubes. I really wasn’t.

  32. Thomas Herd

    Thomas Herd

    21 órája

    Isn’t it interesting that such a brilliant idea was Mimicked from nature!?

  33. ShakeyBoyzs


    22 órája

    Markiplier smarter cousin

  34. Judah Sh

    Judah Sh

    22 órája

    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.

  35. Stratonov16




  36. DatBoi TheGudBIAS

    DatBoi TheGudBIAS


    Wtf that robot is very strange XD

  37. Shivam 6000

    Shivam 6000


    Bhai Naya video dal na plzz

  38. J V

    J V


    Is my ham sandwich considered a robot too?

  39. vbddfy euuyt

    vbddfy euuyt


    When the Dr said where he got the idea from I'm sure vine sounded better than blowing down a McDonald's straw wrapper 🤣

  40. Elliot Blake

    Elliot Blake


    Science man wears mask outside.

  41. Arnau Ampurdanès

    Arnau Ampurdanès


    "So where did the idea for this device come from?" Slenderman, just Slenderman.

  42. Masud Hosein

    Masud Hosein


    This guy gives me Mark Rober vibes

    • vbddfy euuyt

      vbddfy euuyt


      Mmmmm tentacles

  43. reese :/

    reese :/


    Veritasium you know what you did YOU KNOW WHAT YOU DID

  44. hiccup1001



    Imagine a game show where you had to hide in a maze from three people controlling a vine robot each.

  45. Potato #754

    Potato #754


    Now I'm worried that some sort of balloon is gonna come out the toilet while I'm on it..

  46. Hannah Lack

    Hannah Lack


    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.

  47. CaptainBlagbird



    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?

  48. TheDtrein



    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).

  49. MiccaPhone



    Why is the title of this video in German???

  50. Amialythis johnson

    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

  51. Daveja vu

    Daveja vu


    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.

  52. Mopantsu



    This could be a less painful way to do bowel exams.

  53. KapCapKapCap




  54. Garl The Inventor

    Garl The Inventor


    I could do that

  55. mesa620



    Hope to see this on Jackass 4......

  56. Dewyu Nohmi

    Dewyu Nohmi

    2 napja

    I thought I was watching a plant growing from inside a plastic tube, time lapsed.

  57. Rewind OG

    Rewind OG

    2 napja

    Mmmmm tentacles

  58. PhilouDude


    2 napja

    this is the hardest feking d|ldo ever holy sheet

    • PhilouDude


      2 napja

      censor is insane shmoly shat

  59. Aaron Hicks

    Aaron Hicks

    2 napja

    The section about burrowing in sand explains how the sand worms in dune could work!

  60. Aaron Hicks

    Aaron Hicks

    2 napja

    This would be great in a horror movie

  61. Cameron Lin

    Cameron Lin

    2 napja

    “And what else can you think of to do with it” 😏

  62. Gustav Holmström

    Gustav Holmström

    2 napja

    I wonder if it could be helpful during avalanche rescues 🤔

  63. Ben Weigt

    Ben Weigt

    2 napja

    Any one else make these with the wrappers from those long frozen ice pops as a kid?



    2 napja

    I feel violated

  65. zogworth


    2 napja

    Strong geoduck energy

  66. Mr Bruh

    Mr Bruh

    2 napja

    best robot in the world You know what I mean

  67. A26lolheart


    2 napja

    I have a feeling there's going to be someone who uses it as, not intubation, but a "urethral catheder"

  68. terence Sheehan

    terence Sheehan

    2 napja

    Endless idea's for this. Amazing

  69. terence Sheehan

    terence Sheehan

    2 napja

    Be great for exploring caves and tombs etc. Brill idea.

  70. Tactical Warblox

    Tactical Warblox

    2 napja

    I wonder if girls would buy this

  71. D-y-l M

    D-y-l M

    2 napja

    now, where do those ducks lead

  72. Jamie Duvenage

    Jamie Duvenage

    2 napja

    0:40 - 0:42 You’re welcome

  73. pranjali prasad

    pranjali prasad

    2 napja

    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

  74. Vishal S

    Vishal S

    2 napja

    You are just Awesome

  75. whalpah


    2 napja

    Hentai fans : Oh no I'm in a vunlerable position hopefully no robot would abuse this time to do something

  76. Leon Dlamini

    Leon Dlamini

    2 napja

    This is too nice 👌🏾

  77. Wobblyorbee


    2 napja

    hello im hmmm

  78. Rifqi Maalik

    Rifqi Maalik

    2 napja

    Hentai makers: 🤔😏

  79. kristal kerrick

    kristal kerrick

    2 napja

    or kill us

  80. JaVon Wilson

    JaVon Wilson

    2 napja

    The idea came from big max

  81. jessie_fun


    2 napja

    This could finally finally satisfy my gf bcoz my 8inch long one just cannot.

  82. smileblockbot


    2 napja

    that is more like a worm

  83. Jeremy Quinlan

    Jeremy Quinlan

    2 napja

    Something tells me air compressors don’t work on mars

  84. Tse Hong Ling

    Tse Hong Ling

    2 napja

    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.

  85. Cris Blyth

    Cris Blyth

    2 napja

    I feel this will lead to the scariest form of robot porn...

  86. Буратино & золотой ключик

    Буратино & золотой ключик

    3 napja


  87. Gacheru Mburu

    Gacheru Mburu

    3 napja


  88. Кабаняра Клыков

    Кабаняра Клыков

    3 napja

    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!

  89. Swarnika Singh

    Swarnika Singh

    3 napja

    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.

  90. mazeg8tr a

    mazeg8tr a

    3 napja

    Ahhh yes........:)

  91. mahesh singh

    mahesh singh

    3 napja

    Nature is best engineer 😅🙏

  92. Ineng Ineng

    Ineng Ineng

    3 napja

    I just watched Into The Spider-Verse earlier and I realized that Doc Ock's inflatable tentacles there are actually more plausible in real life than the classic metal arms. I immediately thought of this video again and it's such a cool thought overall.



    3 napja

    1:33 Me: That looks like a lo(DEMONOITZATION)

  94. shieldgenerator7


    3 napja

    wow this is incredible

  95. Edgar


    3 napja

    This would be perfect for underwater/ cave exploration. Some of these well off people that go around the world and explore these places then die.

  96. Miguel Soriano

    Miguel Soriano

    3 napja

    Oh its going into the holes!

  97. Edgar Montana

    Edgar Montana

    3 napja

    What are you doing, step bot?

  98. K. Ferhan Batıoğlu

    K. Ferhan Batıoğlu

    3 napja

    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.

  99. Uriel Septim

    Uriel Septim

    3 napja

    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.

  100. Kalpesh Kamble

    Kalpesh Kamble

    3 napja

    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?