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. -
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


  1. Jamie Duvenage

    Jamie Duvenage

    Soat oldin

    0:40 - 0:42 You’re welcome

  2. pranjali prasad

    pranjali prasad

    Soat oldin

    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

  3. Vishal S

    Vishal S

    Soat oldin

    You are just Awesome

  4. whalpah


    2 soat oldin

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

  5. Leon Dlamini

    Leon Dlamini

    2 soat oldin

    This is too nice 👌🏾

  6. Wobblyorbee


    3 soat oldin

    hello im hmmm

  7. Rifqi Maalik

    Rifqi Maalik

    4 soat oldin

    Hentai makers: 🤔😏

  8. kristal kerrick

    kristal kerrick

    4 soat oldin

    or kill us

  9. JaVon Wilson

    JaVon Wilson

    5 soat oldin

    The idea came from big max

  10. jessie_fun


    5 soat oldin

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

  11. smileblockbot


    6 soat oldin

    that is more like a worm

  12. Jeremy Quinlan

    Jeremy Quinlan

    7 soat oldin

    Something tells me air compressors don’t work on mars

  13. Tse Hong Ling

    Tse Hong Ling

    8 soat oldin

    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.

  14. Cris Blyth

    Cris Blyth

    10 soat oldin

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

  15. Буратино & золотой ключик

    Буратино & золотой ключик

    12 soat oldin


  16. Gacheru Mburu

    Gacheru Mburu

    14 soat oldin


  17. Кабаняра Клыков

    Кабаняра Клыков

    15 soat oldin

    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!

  18. Swarnika Singh

    Swarnika Singh

    16 soat oldin

    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.

  19. mazeg8tr a

    mazeg8tr a

    16 soat oldin

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

  20. mahesh singh

    mahesh singh

    17 soat oldin

    Nature is best engineer 😅🙏

  21. Ineng Ineng

    Ineng Ineng

    17 soat oldin

    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.



    18 soat oldin

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

  23. shieldgenerator7


    20 soat oldin

    wow this is incredible

  24. Edgar


    20 soat oldin

    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.

  25. Miguel Soriano

    Miguel Soriano

    23 soat oldin

    Oh its going into the holes!

  26. Edgar Montana

    Edgar Montana

    Kun oldin

    What are you doing, step bot?

  27. K. Ferhan Batıoğlu

    K. Ferhan Batıoğlu

    Kun oldin

    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.

  28. Uriel Septim

    Uriel Septim

    Kun oldin

    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.

  29. Kalpesh Kamble

    Kalpesh Kamble

    Kun oldin

    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?

  30. FurbyFondler


    Kun oldin

    the inspiration was DEFINITELY not plants - nah, it was waterfowl genetals

  31. King of Hueco Mundo

    King of Hueco Mundo

    Kun oldin

    Attack of the Saving Balloons!!!

  32. Rajeev Mathur

    Rajeev Mathur

    Kun oldin

    It can be used to open blocked arteries or veins maybe without the risk of rupturing them

  33. Ade Ra

    Ade Ra

    Kun oldin

    I need a robot like this to fix my throat and ear and back of the head

  34. fishyEplayz


    Kun oldin

    It will be pretty cool if they used a sonar device to track the path ways in unknown underground

  35. Micheal Futch

    Micheal Futch

    Kun oldin

    I understand that this is kind of a laucher video... and concept is cool. I can think of a few uses. Main one would be a weapon to disperse gas. Could be in a building or a mob of people. The recon aspect is awesome, it'll be cool if it can sustain itself longer without an air compressor. Second is on a larger scale... playing with the push some, could be used for some kind of airlock or exploration. Third, collecting water from a stream for camping, or collecting oxygen from plankton in the ocean.

  36. Piotr P.

    Piotr P.

    Kun oldin

    Where did the smart engineers go. I just see some idiots wearing masks outside.

  37. George Butcher

    George Butcher

    Kun oldin

    Man made octopus

  38. RIcky Rick

    RIcky Rick

    Kun oldin

    Nothing is unstoppable. Perpetual motion machines do not exist.

  39. g C

    g C

    Kun oldin

    Kind of like that water hose they invented

  40. Venancio Rivera zarazua

    Venancio Rivera zarazua

    Kun oldin

    Looks like it can be very helpful in plumbing and HVAC applications as well as other utilities

  41. Bong Jovi

    Bong Jovi

    Kun oldin

    Fleshlight 2.0 looks craaaazy

  42. John Boze

    John Boze

    Kun oldin

    Do Photons Have Mass? YES... I Sincerely Beg You To PROVE ME WRONG! ... and the Answer To The Universe Is -42 !!! The Mass of a Photon is Given by: m = (h/cλ) (kg) where, m = mass of a single photon c = speed of light, λ = wavelength of photon “Bozeon Constant” b is as follows: b = h/c (kg m) b =6.62607004x10^(-34) (kg m^2/s) / (299792458) (m/s) b = 2.210219x10^(-42) (kg m) The Mass of a Photon Is: m = b/λ (kg) or, m = 2.210219x10^(-42) / λ (kg) A typical Red photon with a wavelength of 700nm has the following mass: m = 2.210219x10^(-42) (kg m) / 7x10^(-7) (m) Mass of a 700 nm Red Photon: m = 3.1574557x10^(-36) (kg ) PROVE ME WRONG OR… Join The TTOE Team At BRAVE and Help Save Physics From Those With Warped Spacetime Minds: @BozeonResearchAndAEtherVerificationEtaireia Notes To Aid Understanding of what EM Dipoles Particles Are … The “Bozeon constant” “b” converts photon wavelength into the sum of all the masses of the “bozeons” or “God particles” that form the “quantum superfluid” in all particles. “Bozeon” is Polish for “God Particle”, the ethnicity of the Conceivor of EM Kinetic Dipole Theory, aka The Theory of Everything. There are trillions upon trillions of dipoles in a single photon. (more on the exact number later). Everything including all elementary particles are made of complex flows of EM Kinetic Dipoles. A Kinetic Dipole is a somewhat symmetric particle with one end that has more mass than the other. Bozeon’s are Electromagnetic Kinetic Dipole Particles that form the EM field. For better understanding you can pretend for now that the Planck Length is the RMS distance between kinetically colliding EM Dipoles (“Bozeons”). You can also pretend that the “size” of a EM Dipole is about 10^(-42) meters in length. The Dipole Mass Density Gradient in Vacuum determines the local force of gravity. Big “G” simply converts Dipole Mass Density Gradients into Acceleration. All forces EM, Gravity, Weak, Strong, are all calculated from the momentum transfers between kinetic collisions of these EM Dipole Particles. EM Dipoles in Vacuum are in a gaseous state and the “quantum superfluid” in all particles is liquefied EM Fields and are technically a Bose-Einstein Condensate of EM Kinetic Dipole Particles. Black holes are supersolids of EM Dipole Particles. Copyright 2021 John E. Boze

  43. paranoidandroid


    Kun oldin

    I'll be single for the rest of my life with this! 🐽

  44. The H

    The H

    Kun oldin

    This is genius 🤓🤓🙌🙌

  45. rmp5s


    Kun oldin

    We're being a bit liberal with the use of the word "robot", don't ya think?

  46. mayank _hey

    mayank _hey

    Kun oldin

    Would love to see a video about “Is beginner’s luck real?”

  47. yasio bolo

    yasio bolo

    Kun oldin

    What i see in the comments 15% memes talking about robot worms 76% hentai tentacles 9% talking about saving peoples

  48. Local TrashCanon

    Local TrashCanon

    Kun oldin

    Yall degenerates smh

  49. Anfo515


    Kun oldin

    it is amazing with how many innovations people come up.

  50. jen wright

    jen wright

    Kun oldin

    Now there going to search your colon with this before your flight

  51. Alexander


    Kun oldin

    Man, this video was great!! Thanks

    • yasio bolo

      yasio bolo

      Kun oldin

      Isn't this what they're using with those "Arse"-Exploration Camera (Medical) Procedures!? Sorry, but the Name escapes me, rt. now.

  52. すゆ


    Kun oldin


  53. Lord M3s

    Lord M3s

    Kun oldin

    This Technology was already hit by Japanizing Beam 🤣

  54. I would like to order A number 1 Big Mac meal

    I would like to order A number 1 Big Mac meal

    Kun oldin

    You can apply a lot of applications with this thing. We will see more of this in our future.

  55. mjc11493


    Kun oldin

    I see. Skynet is evolving

  56. Sapphire Gaming

    Sapphire Gaming

    Kun oldin


  57. Graham Cunningham

    Graham Cunningham

    Kun oldin

    Put a heat sensor into

  58. ashro101


    Kun oldin

    Can you stop calling it robot? It's A very useful tool! (Calling this tool a robot makes everything robot)

  59. Slewpo


    Kun oldin

    The year is 2121. You are an old grandpa and you're choking on your food. Your grandkids run at you at full force, and stuff a robot worm inside you, to save your life.

  60. Wojciech Ciech

    Wojciech Ciech

    Kun oldin

    Anyone who read this I wish you health and abundance. Let all your fears, problems, and worries disappear immediately!

  61. Nalmas Mohd

    Nalmas Mohd

    Kun oldin


  62. 4ur3n


    Kun oldin

    I feel like Dr. Elliot was not completely honest where he got the idea from for the robot.

  63. Neco


    Kun oldin

    Deli lan bu

  64. Biker


    Kun oldin

    Looks like water tubes used by oceanic under water creatures from a movie...



    Kun oldin

    Isn't this what they're using with those "Arse"--Exploration Camera (Medical)- Procedures!? Sorry, but the Name escapes me, rt. now.



    Kun oldin

    Do you think that Sand application would work with Constipation!??



    Kun oldin

    I've got it!! SPACE-ELEVATOR!



    Kun oldin

    Exploring the Oceans! The Marianas Trench. Deep sea Oil Platforms. Submarine Rescue? Laying Transatlantic Fiber optic cable! Exploring Inhospitable, Uninhabited-Jungles? Booby-Trapped Ordinance Detonation? I. E. D. 's?

  69. Ryx Ch.

    Ryx Ch.

    Kun oldin

    Damn rule 34 is coming

  70. CXD


    2 kun oldin

    This is just a bigger sized clown whistle bruh lmao UCSB really hyped this up and y’all are thinking this is the future

  71. Brad Schneider

    Brad Schneider

    2 kun oldin

    If you drop something important in a lake, river, ECT.... Does it work in moving water?

  72. qopoy dnon

    qopoy dnon

    2 kun oldin

    Imagine how many pp jokes were made during the production of this robot

  73. Michael Hoefler

    Michael Hoefler

    2 kun oldin

    That thing would make one hell of a Halloween decoration. Imagine one of those with some “snake skin” and a big hissing head on the end

  74. Jared R

    Jared R

    2 kun oldin

    So it's a inflated balloon?

  75. Jay Are

    Jay Are

    2 kun oldin

    hentai jokes aside, this is pretty fascinating.

  76. Nelson Aviles

    Nelson Aviles

    2 kun oldin

    This is the cure to constipation

    • qopoy dnon

      qopoy dnon

      2 kun oldin

      It's a good thing the only people watching this either never talk to girls or are smart enough not to tell them about this.

  77. Klonoa_TheCabbit Animations

    Klonoa_TheCabbit Animations

    2 kun oldin

    “KNACK || BABY!!”

  78. Srikiran Rai

    Srikiran Rai

    2 kun oldin

    My mind: "Don't do it... Don't do it... Don't do it... Don't. Make. That. Joke." Me: Lol is that a discount snake???! Hahahahahahahaha

  79. mpho mikosi

    mpho mikosi

    2 kun oldin

    Congratulations you have just created a 🐍

  80. Liam W.

    Liam W.

    2 kun oldin

    Benis :DDD

  81. Meu Canto Games

    Meu Canto Games

    2 kun oldin

    Those guys just created a functional sandworm prototype

  82. David Watt

    David Watt

    2 kun oldin

    Should send that into the Great Pyramid in Egypt to have a look inside.

  83. What are you

    What are you

    2 kun oldin

    can you please explain how developers put time in a machine for the first time and regulate it so it switch time exactly after a second

  84. Andrea Greenhill

    Andrea Greenhill

    2 kun oldin


  85. X Æ A-Xii

    X Æ A-Xii

    2 kun oldin

    GTA 5 train: Finally a worthy opponent! Our battle will be legendary!

  86. jay kicklighter

    jay kicklighter

    2 kun oldin

    All the reasons those weebs gave were lies. Lmao

  87. kristofor brown

    kristofor brown

    2 kun oldin

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

  88. Max Epstein

    Max Epstein

    2 kun oldin

    Wasn't there an xkcd comic about how engineers will say that something is for search and rescue when they actually have no idea what the practical applications might be and just think that it's cool

  89. Pineapaple


    2 kun oldin

    It’s like a snake Ssssssss Sssssssssssss Ssssssssss

  90. Cameron Accident

    Cameron Accident

    2 kun oldin

    It's a good thing the only people watching this either never talk to girls or are smart enough not to tell them about this.

    • Tse Hong Ling

      Tse Hong Ling

      8 soat oldin

      You are assuming girls dun watch this video either..

  91. Fediani4


    2 kun oldin

    That is just so perfect for some sci-fi movies for a very realistic death-worms or sort of mechanical tendril monster. It can have muscles to turn and can burrow into the sand(or maybe even dirt). Spectacular!

  92. Happe CJ

    Happe CJ

    2 kun oldin

    That one girl that bought the robot: God please forgive me

  93. flache


    2 kun oldin

    Its like super light weight as well... you can have like 10 ... 20 on a rover to plan the next 20 hours or so travel from actual images of the terrain completly breaking our current problem with delay of control. Also it would likely never break depending on the material. You can likely get any form of angle you want with a camera of the rover or of the terrain...

  94. Ice 487

    Ice 487

    2 kun oldin

    I'm sure the internet can think of multiple ways to use these robots.

  95. Ice 487

    Ice 487

    2 kun oldin

    Imagine being in a hospital and then getting deepthroated by a balloon.

    • trexmaster9000


      2 kun oldin

      yeah if only



    2 kun oldin

    Dis sounds like a futuristic strapon

  97. Cara Furry

    Cara Furry

    2 kun oldin

    9:45 the wacky inflatable tube Man?

  98. Mr MIPS

    Mr MIPS

    2 kun oldin

    Hello greetings from Chile. I speak to you through this medium since I do not know how to communicate with you anymore. I have something that might interest you, about prime numbers, since they have a great importance with respect to the laws that govern our universe, and it has been said that it is impossible to find a way to find them in a precise and linear way? and I discovered why, because we were always looking for the wrong part, we have to go to the most basic of life, how the most basic thing that keeps us all alive here works, our eye is a perfect circle that is capable of seeing Everything that touches the light, and the light will always form a triangle towards which it is projected, brings together these two basic principles, plus the fact that everything in the world repeats itself, over and over again, mixes these 3 basic principles of the LIFE, and what happens, you get the formula, if you draw a triangle, and a circle together, and you agree it with a pattern of movement, and in the top vertex you put the one, to the right or left with the other vertices you do the same same, but following a pattern, which is repeated, example: vertex up 1, left vertex 2, right vertex 3. and now it begins to go back, left vertex 4, vertex up 5, right vertex 6, and now backwards, vertex top 7, left vertex 8, right vertex 9, and ot backwards, left vertex 10, top vertex 11, right vertex 12, and backwards, repeat this pattern forever and you will have all the prime numbers arranged at the top, do you realize? It is what governs us at every moment, in the same way, our heart contracts to pump, everything in the world responds to the same effect, as no one has been able to see it before ... we all believe that the world just keeps moving forward, but no, we are in the present, past and present at the same time, I hope you are interested, it would be great if I am right someone takes it into account, greetings.



    2 kun oldin

    Koro sensei tenteciles?

  100. Akeem Dickson

    Akeem Dickson

    2 kun oldin

    Are we gonna get a ByMax soon ???......"big hero 6"