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
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 epidemicsound.com

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Apr 16, 2021




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Michael Treppelin
Michael Treppelin 50 minutes ago
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
Anthony Medina
Anthony Medina 3 hours ago
Unstoppable eh 🤔
Falk 3 hours ago
yo what the bloody hell
Tlaw Gaso
Tlaw Gaso 4 hours ago
It's a plastic bag calling it a robot is highly optimistic.
Catgamer1kitty 6 hours ago
the thumbnail looks like a pickle
SemiMono 6 hours ago
When your remote falls into the underbelly of your couch, pull out the vine.
Bruh what's that
Bruh what's that 6 hours ago
Unstoppable robot worm < school nurse with a bag of ice
Steff Morgan
Steff Morgan 6 hours ago
I legit accidentally tried to like this 4 times whilst watching
x_0euf 7 hours ago
Yeah yeah, inspired by a vine...
Vytautas Ramanauskas
They get idea from somewhere else I believe
Daniel P.
Daniel P. 8 hours ago
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
Gamer Life
Gamer Life 8 hours ago
It could, but why would it do that?
dbc680 9 hours ago
Maybe this could be used as customizable mattress or pillow.
Chris D
Chris D 12 hours ago
Fast repair of main arteries that have been severed.
Danger Doberman
Danger Doberman 12 hours ago
The applications are endless!
My Human Experience
My Human Experience 13 hours ago
Or it could take your life. Flip the coin 🪙
Captn' D
Captn' D 15 hours ago
Oh god… Japan is gonna turn this into porn isn’t it
Lil Yeet
Lil Yeet 16 hours ago
I also grow out from the tip
Lil Yeet
Lil Yeet 16 hours ago
Fire... Project over
Cherry Oakhold
Cherry Oakhold 17 hours ago
This also unfortunately attracts the attention of R34 enthusiasts.
spice mice
spice mice 17 hours ago
i dont want a snake to come in my throat thats like my biggest nightmare
Max Madus
Max Madus 18 hours ago
9:58 Jesus, is it you?
AwesomeSword001 23 hours ago
this is reminding me of foreskin :/ anyone else?
Froester 23 hours ago
Funniest Comment Section i have ever seen 😂😂😂
Navdeep Singh
This looks (and works) like the tentacles of alien ship from war of the worlds
Soljarag5 Day ago
This reminds me of a........
Carrot God
Carrot God Day ago
Ocean exploration
Nathan Berrigan
Vascular stents seems like an obvious application.
Anym Day ago
thing is, is that nature always seems to be the best option. wings for planes? efficient bullet trains? this robot?
ceerw buty
ceerw buty Day ago
I’d like to put it up my
Meelek Edits
Meelek Edits Day ago
I saw a video from Brave Wilderness where they caught Bloodworms, and they do exactly what these machines do
Alex Gilbreath
I feel like this would make running wires behind a wall soooo much easier.
pixelator Day ago
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"
Dylan Janos
Dylan Janos Day ago
Oh no...
AwfulMusik Day ago
Tentacle robots? I could get used to that.
David Manske
David Manske Day ago
Masks make anything lame
akhtar razzan
Luis Raposo
Luis Raposo Day ago
For the sever constipated patients. With a little lube or soap aaand, walahhh! 💩
Bob Oakshields
Attack of the Triphids
A bike inner tube hooked up to a air compressor without and tire lol
dwatts64 2 days ago
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.
I like Oranges
I like Oranges 2 days ago
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
CrowF10 2 days ago
hentacle tentai....
Pqu1try 2 days ago
I’d like to put it up my
brian bersch
brian bersch 2 days ago
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
Caden Renner
Caden Renner 2 days ago
Why didn’t the @Mark Rober
5Mr.Cartoon 2 days ago
This helped save those kids stuck in a Cave in Malaysia or Indonesia (I don't remember) after Elon Musk tweeted about it.
Davi Brito
Davi Brito 14 hours ago
That was actually in Thailand
Ikraznek 2 days ago
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?
Vinny Real
Vinny Real 2 days ago
this is hilarious
Saleem Musliar
Saleem Musliar 2 days ago
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
Anelka Lee
Anelka Lee 2 days ago
Him: It could hold up to 1000kilograms. *robot burst So u r a 1000kilograms?
Brian Lingden
Brian Lingden 2 days ago
So useful. This is what soft robotics is all about.
Donavan B LoForte RPN, RCRT, LCRT
I've seen this video weeks ago.
Sleepy_Joe Biden
Sleepy_Joe Biden 2 days ago
*Му дiск when I take viаgга*
Sanjeet Villa
Sanjeet Villa 2 days ago
Nice concept
Arolema Prarath
Arolema Prarath 3 days ago
I hope this robot can find every hole in my body like what Hentai Tentacles would do🤤🤤🤤
ebi 3 days ago
_" 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...
Alexandre Bouchard Dumais
ItzMrFizz 3 days ago
Finding the 10MM socket that i dropped in my engine bay!
soiung toiue
soiung toiue 3 days ago
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
Edjumicated_ Gamer
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
Zefat Chowdhury
Zefat Chowdhury 3 days ago
So basically a robot balloon that is unstoppable. Now we need to just add google eyes and then we get a robot snake.
samuel 3 days ago
Is there a company that makes them?
lou m
lou m 3 days ago
This is not a robot it's air and plastic.
Think Quickly
Think Quickly 3 days ago
Landon plays
Landon plays 3 days ago
It kinda looks like something from tremors
Chapulinix 3 days ago
Other talk about robot: Me rewatching 9:58 :is that jesus ?
Jippidyjappers 3 days ago
Coronary angiography, would be interesting to explore.
Iván De León
Iván De León 3 days ago
Looks pretty useless to be honest
Doggo 3 days ago
my dog can do that
Baby Bebbi
Baby Bebbi 4 days ago
I’ve gotten so used to seeing people with masks on I didn’t even notice they had masks on at first-
Martine 4 days ago
Apical dominance is the mechanism by which plants grow. 🤓
Mr Peanut
Mr Peanut 4 days ago
6:00 guys every morning
Fish Season
Fish Season 4 days ago
On a smaller level maybe battle ants? I'm currently battling ants...
Markus 4 days 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 4 days 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 4 days ago
Now imagine if that robot was a fully sentient being: that’s literally the furure of AI :O
PartyPenguin78 2 days ago
@Sorta Cool Facts oh. lovely.
Sorta Cool Facts
Sorta Cool Facts 2 days ago
@PartyPenguin78 I have to confess: I’m actually a tentacle robot in real life 😎
PartyPenguin78 3 days ago
don’t tempt the geniuses, we don’t want tentacle hentai unless of course we do..
Typical bamboozler
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 4 days 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 4 days ago
This technique is used alot in practical movie effects!
MarnZzZz 4 days 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 4 days 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 4 days ago
People who make any difference. Hats off for these guys. 👋👋👋👋
Jay Antonio Lee
Jay Antonio Lee 4 days ago
Etiquette Gaming
Etiquette Gaming 4 days ago
check Linus tech tips, You definitely look like the metahuman on the right
Ethereal Joy
Ethereal Joy 4 days 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?
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 4 days ago
Combine thus technology with AI and 🤯
Philip Hubbe
Philip Hubbe 4 days ago
When it came out of the sewer drain it was kinda creepy
Athol Dickson
Athol Dickson 4 days 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 4 days ago
The engineer looks like Howard from BBT
Do Lut
Do Lut 4 days ago
9:40 oh please...we all know what it really looks like
Do Lut
Do Lut 4 days ago
7:27 long wiggly shaft in narrow shaft
PhoenixEye 4 days ago
Honestly this is very cool but I’m not shure if you can call a inflating tube a robot
Shannen Saez
Shannen Saez 4 days 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
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