This Unstoppable Robot Could Save Your Life

16 apr. 2021
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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:
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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

  • another robot another jobless person

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  • Lll0pplllllllllllll LLP 0ppl

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  • when "geniuses" don't realize they've invented an already invented plumbing tool.....

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  • this could also help with heart surgery

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  • The human body ,,,, is not big.

    Jodi F. CobbJodi F. CobbAcum 6 ore
  • Peru! Really? Novel invention!!!

    Jodi F. CobbJodi F. CobbAcum 6 ore
  • Would it work as well (or better) if it used a liquid instead of air to pressurise it? Hydraulic pressures can be very high but without the risk of explosion that you get with compressed gases.

    MrDino1953MrDino1953Acum 7 ore
  • It would be scary using it on a person if too much pressure is used it could really hurt you and if it’s popped then all of that pressure is just blowing into you

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  • Not sure if it's going to fit.

    Novadestroyer The Sun destroyerNovadestroyer The Sun destroyerAcum 10 ore
  • I am sure that my ex-wife already has at least one of these things.

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  • Looks like a moving d1ld0. 😅😅😅

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  • Colonoscopies I guess??

    xeflatio93xeflatio93Acum 15 ore
  • This looks... Very familiar for some reason...

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  • This is My Daily Video Channel to watch from now on until on and on

    Alex WebberAlex WebberAcum 16 ore
  • Talking about applications this thing gonna be how the terminators kill us. We won't be able to hide from this as it crawls into our ears or nose then suffocates us

    Xander MichaelXander MichaelAcum 16 ore
  • Wow

    This is FaizanThis is FaizanAcum 18 ore
  • he really have to end it with "and what else can you think of to do with it ?"

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  • The bouncy lier aetiologically regret because eight mechanically store minus a unadvised sunday. red, panicky shoe

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  • It actually is such a great technology it's surprising why it not existed till now given its simplicity compared to complex robots

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  • my immediate thought is incredibly large cable runs, the current methodology is to use wire and just pull the cable through, then you have to reset the wire by pulling it back through the other way, this would completely remove the setup and reset portions of a run, and even cooler you could run large bundles of wire at the same time.

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  • Weebs: Interesting

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  • * immediately goes to comments and finds exactly what I expected *

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  • This type of technology I saw being used for renewing existing old drain plumbing like in city sewers. I saw this on TV news about 20 years ago or so..

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  • I honestly don’t think this is a good idea

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  • Would be cool to see these pour underground concrete pipes without having to tear out the landscaping first. Or lift a foundation that has erosion under it, leaving behind filler as it withdraws.

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  • I used to get them things from the dollar store

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  • Yes sure go ahead and make a robot with sensors, steering, camera thats literally unstoppable

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  • It's just good business, otherwise you know what you know.

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  • 他不說實話,其實是從觸手play想到的

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  • I will give you a pineapple with three faces. Let's see your robot do that.

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  • The 1st human tests would need to be an expert at that...

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  • someone will do inappropriate things with that long unstoppable stiff thing Edit: yeah, I'm pretty late, I saw some when I scrolled down

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  • Smart idea

    Junior EspinozaJunior EspinozaAcum o Zi
  • Imagine the robot instead of entering the trachea, it enters the esophagus Nevermind

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  • Reminds me of that one part of the 2005 war of the worlds

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  • This would be great for feeding wires through walls.

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  • And i was thinking, where I saw this technology before, then in comments section my gender fellows helped me remind 🤔 ! The technology which booming the population since exist

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  • And men using growing robot since exist! Using to find its way without problem 🙃

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  • What else could you do with it? Weaponise it probobally The sound of a robot that can be deployed anywhere seems INCREDIBLY useful in combat

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  • My dog can do that.

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  • Maybe to help the weak sperms of some unfortunate men... 🤔

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  • Legit idea: I work in the sewer maintenance industry and we have a camera for inspecting residential sewer services. It is basically a camera on the end of a rigid cable that you push down the line to the problem area (roots, grease, utilities bored through, etc..) For short distances it works great, but in some instances the distance needed to "travel" down the pipe is greater than the length of cable, or the increasing friction of the cable against the pipe as the distance grows (especially if the pipe makes multiple turns), causes it to be impossible to push further. This seems like it could go way further down the pipe in those cases, so long as there aren't areas holding water (maybe it would pass through that as well?). Interesting!

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  • To the pyramids

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  • Pipe repair companies use something similar to repair rather than replace large old drains

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  • Is that a state-of-the-art, complex, multi-functional inflatable robot or are you just happy to see me?

    MrAtaguasMrAtaguasAcum 2 Zile
  • Put bristle scrubbers on the tips and let the tentacles scrub the hulls of boats with the passing of each wave while moored at the dock.

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  • The year is 2202 the unstoppable robots have killed more than 89% of the humans on earth by entering every possible hole there is. I write this diary for the future generations on the hopes that they develop a time travel machine before they do. Humanity must survive no matter what and our holes must stay open...

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  • This could easily be used to help constipation

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  • okay, okay, so what if I swallow it?

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  • “inflatable kinda-like playdough structures you see at car lots” *YOU MEAN TO TELL ME !!!!* *THIS GUY DOESN’T KNOW!?!?*

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  • "everything can be dildo if you brave enough'

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  • Went to UCSB!! had classes in that building!

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  • Why y'all wearing masks outdoors? You look stupid.

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  • You know what is going to happen. It WILL happen. You know what I mean. Don't lie.

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  • anal probe alert lol

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  • Cool New tool for hookers 🤔

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  • *aight, not gonna lie, it looks like a worm*

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  • Doc ock?

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  • That won’t save someone from choking that’s jus gonna make it worse

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  • Have they never seen the fkin Venom movie?

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  • I don't think that a plant inspired this robot...but anyway, interesting invention.

    Florin PandeleFlorin PandeleAcum 3 Zile
  • I wonder what inspired these guys 😏

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  • "and what else can you think of to do with it" a certain black and orange adult website: hold my beer

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  • In india we can use it to save children who accidently falls inside unclosed pit/borrow holes by modifying design of yhese robots and making some improvization 👍 it could save lives now 😉❤️

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  • Would be so exciting to see the intubation device make its way into the hospitals!

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  • tentacle bot when

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  • Like Donnie Darko

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  • Hentai fans: *i could use this for another application ;)*

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  • Could be used in places like minefields as its a cheap alternative to the expensive drones used now

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  • This could be a really efficient and easy way to connect bases together in lava caves on Mars or the moon via pressurized paths within the tube

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  • It's not a robot, it's a tube

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  • hentacle tentai is becoming real

    Ron NanagadRon NanagadAcum 3 Zile
  • 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

    Michael TreppelinMichael TreppelinAcum 4 Zile
  • Unstoppable eh 🤔

    Anthony MedinaAnthony MedinaAcum 4 Zile
  • yo what the bloody hell

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  • It's a plastic bag calling it a robot is highly optimistic.

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  • the thumbnail looks like a pickle

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  • When your remote falls into the underbelly of your couch, pull out the vine.

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  • Unstoppable robot worm < school nurse with a bag of ice

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  • I legit accidentally tried to like this 4 times whilst watching

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  • Yeah yeah, inspired by a vine...

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  • They get idea from somewhere else I believe

    Vytautas RamanauskasVytautas RamanauskasAcum 4 Zile
  • 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

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  • It could, but why would it do that?

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  • Maybe this could be used as customizable mattress or pillow.

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  • Fast repair of main arteries that have been severed.

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  • The applications are endless!

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  • Or it could take your life. Flip the coin 🪙

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  • Oh god… Japan is gonna turn this into porn isn’t it

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  • I also grow out from the tip

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  • Fire... Project over

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  • This also unfortunately attracts the attention of R34 enthusiasts.

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  • i dont want a snake to come in my throat thats like my biggest nightmare

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  • 9:58 Jesus, is it you?

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  • this is reminding me of foreskin :/ anyone else?

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  • Funniest Comment Section i have ever seen 😂😂😂

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  • This looks (and works) like the tentacles of alien ship from war of the worlds

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  • .

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  • This reminds me of a........

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