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. The H

    The H

    31 minuut geleden

    This is genius 🤓🤓🙌🙌

  2. rmp5s


    Uur geleden

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

  3. mayank _hey

    mayank _hey

    2 uur geleden

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

  4. yasio bolo

    yasio bolo

    2 uur geleden

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

  5. Local TrashCanon

    Local TrashCanon

    2 uur geleden

    Yall degenerates smh

  6. Anfo515


    2 uur geleden

    it is amazing with how many innovations people come up.

  7. jen wright

    jen wright

    2 uur geleden

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

  8. Alexander


    4 uur geleden

    Man, this video was great!! Thanks

    • yasio bolo

      yasio bolo

      2 uur geleden

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

  9. すゆ


    4 uur geleden


  10. Lord M3s

    Lord M3s

    5 uur geleden

    This Technology was already hit by Japanizing Beam 🤣

  11. phillip wall

    phillip wall

    5 uur geleden

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

  12. mjc11493


    7 uur geleden

    I see. Skynet is evolving

  13. Sapphire Gaming

    Sapphire Gaming

    9 uur geleden


  14. Graham Cunningham

    Graham Cunningham

    10 uur geleden

    Put a heat sensor into

  15. ashro101


    10 uur geleden

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

  16. Slewpo


    10 uur geleden

    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.

  17. Wojciech Ciech

    Wojciech Ciech

    10 uur geleden

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

  18. Nalmas Mohd

    Nalmas Mohd

    12 uur geleden


  19. 4ur3n


    12 uur geleden

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

  20. Neco


    12 uur geleden

    Deli lan bu

  21. Biker


    12 uur geleden

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



    12 uur geleden

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



    12 uur geleden

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



    12 uur geleden

    I've got it!! SPACE-ELEVATOR!



    13 uur geleden

    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?

  26. Ryx Ch.

    Ryx Ch.

    13 uur geleden

    Damn rule 34 is coming

  27. CXD


    15 uur geleden

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

  28. Brad Schneider

    Brad Schneider

    15 uur geleden

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

  29. qopoy dnon

    qopoy dnon

    15 uur geleden

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

  30. Michael Hoefler

    Michael Hoefler

    17 uur geleden

    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

  31. Jared R

    Jared R

    18 uur geleden

    So it's a inflated balloon?

  32. Jay Are

    Jay Are

    19 uur geleden

    hentai jokes aside, this is pretty fascinating.

  33. Nelson Aviles

    Nelson Aviles

    19 uur geleden

    This is the cure to constipation

    • qopoy dnon

      qopoy dnon

      15 uur geleden

      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.

  34. Klonoa_TheCabbit Animations

    Klonoa_TheCabbit Animations

    19 uur geleden

    “KNACK || BABY!!”

  35. Srikiran Rai

    Srikiran Rai

    19 uur geleden

    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

  36. mpho mikosi

    mpho mikosi

    20 uur geleden

    Congratulations you have just created a 🐍

  37. Liam W.

    Liam W.

    20 uur geleden

    Benis :DDD

  38. Meu Canto Games

    Meu Canto Games

    21 uur geleden

    Those guys just created a functional sandworm prototype

  39. David Watt

    David Watt

    21 uur geleden

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

  40. What are you

    What are you

    22 uur geleden

    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

  41. Andrea Greenhill

    Andrea Greenhill

    22 uur geleden


  42. X Æ A-Xii

    X Æ A-Xii

    Dag geleden

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

  43. jay kicklighter

    jay kicklighter

    Dag geleden

    All the reasons those weebs gave were lies. Lmao

  44. kristofor brown

    kristofor brown

    Dag geleden

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

  45. Max Epstein

    Max Epstein

    Dag geleden

    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

  46. Pineapaple


    Dag geleden

    It’s like a snake Ssssssss Sssssssssssss Ssssssssss

  47. Cameron Accident

    Cameron Accident

    Dag geleden

    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.

  48. Fediani4


    Dag geleden

    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!

  49. Dee Snuts

    Dee Snuts

    Dag geleden

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

  50. flache


    Dag geleden

    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...

  51. Ice 487

    Ice 487

    Dag geleden

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

  52. Ice 487

    Ice 487

    Dag geleden

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

    • trexmaster9000


      Dag geleden

      yeah if only



    Dag geleden

    Dis sounds like a futuristic strapon

  54. Cara Furry

    Cara Furry

    Dag geleden

    9:45 the wacky inflatable tube Man?

  55. Mr MIPS

    Mr MIPS

    Dag geleden

    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.



    Dag geleden

    Koro sensei tenteciles?

  57. Akeem Dickson

    Akeem Dickson

    Dag geleden

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

  58. JMS MasterPanda

    JMS MasterPanda

    Dag geleden

    Hentai tentacle are becoming real.... Oh no

  59. Hoang Minh

    Hoang Minh

    Dag geleden


  60. andrea barone

    andrea barone

    Dag geleden


  61. Travel WithoutMoving

    Travel WithoutMoving

    Dag geleden

    Making a Robot is hard so i will just make a long baloon.

  62. Nijeguhz


    Dag geleden

    Matt Powell has a giant inflatable banana in his backyard, that he names Dr. Peel.

  63. tehlarsie


    Dag geleden

    The jet of air on the tip could be useful for avalanche victims too right? Similar to intubation you'd get a tube of oxygen down to a victim while they're being dug out.

  64. Francesco Spagnolo

    Francesco Spagnolo

    Dag geleden

    I just can't stop thinking of the un-scientific uses for something like that

  65. Curiosity Seeker

    Curiosity Seeker

    Dag geleden

    Anyone else’s snake anxiety kicking in??

  66. Dominic Lovato

    Dominic Lovato

    Dag geleden

    Lol they grow from the top. Now they just need to design a robot to blow. She can do the monitoring of where the tips going. The guy just jus sits back and does ALL the work. Well female does the easy stuff.

  67. Bike Lovers

    Bike Lovers

    Dag geleden

    Tentecal 😶

  68. Tregeta


    Dag geleden

    Tip extention joke.



    Dag geleden

    US military be like: bomb on end of robot. Robot grow into bunker.

  70. YeaDatWun YT

    YeaDatWun YT

    Dag geleden

    I've heard "Just the tip" so many times in this video🤣🤣🤣

  71. Phillip Gertz

    Phillip Gertz

    Dag geleden

    What are you doing step-robot

  72. Daniel Hodge

    Daniel Hodge

    Dag geleden

    These guys are gonna be billionaires

  73. H2O


    Dag geleden


  74. Antonio Farina

    Antonio Farina

    Dag geleden

    It really can go deep into anything...

  75. Felix Mizioznikov

    Felix Mizioznikov

    Dag geleden

    And unclog your toilet.

  76. Crackli'nBraap


    Dag geleden

    So this robot can save lives huh? Can I tell it my problems and will it fix it?

  77. max ten

    max ten

    Dag geleden

    Make a really long one Attach it to a submarine Go as deep we can in submarine Tell me wtf is at the bottom of the ocean.

  78. emily


    Dag geleden

    This is so interesting! There's actually a practice called biomimicry, and I think this is a fine example of biomimicry.

  79. Alexander Panchenko

    Alexander Panchenko

    Dag geleden

    Never thought an air balloon would be called a robot.

  80. Stephen Schmitt

    Stephen Schmitt

    Dag geleden

    The rise of iron dlc in destiny told me to get rid of this stuff fast

  81. Chance


    Dag geleden

    Was expecting immature comments...was not deceived

  82. Cristina Lexy Reef Tank

    Cristina Lexy Reef Tank

    Dag geleden

    Great video,keep it up!⬜🟣🔻

  83. Doom And Gloom

    Doom And Gloom

    Dag geleden

    The Japanese would be proud.

  84. Robert Mendez

    Robert Mendez

    Dag geleden

    “It grows from the tip”

  85. Zeaiclies


    Dag geleden

    It is not unstoppable.

  86. Ethan Spagnola

    Ethan Spagnola

    Dag geleden

    This is how build stuff Ancients

  87. gribblegreeble


    Dag geleden

    proud of my alma mater!!!

  88. Abhinandan síngh

    Abhinandan síngh

    Dag geleden

    Next :: 4 dimension

  89. Jay Gatsby

    Jay Gatsby

    Dag geleden

    It's all fun and games til someone invents the wireless one

  90. Beast # Dhyan

    Beast # Dhyan

    Dag geleden

    What is this robot goes bad😣😣

  91. Niven Jairaj

    Niven Jairaj

    Dag geleden

    I just hope it's better than a game bot

  92. junit483


    Dag geleden

    Where are the robotics? It's a tube of plastic.

  93. Lokit Great

    Lokit Great

    Dag geleden

    Show your popular videos

  94. Jeff Bell

    Jeff Bell

    Dag geleden

    We used something like that to move furniture in the nineties

  95. D T

    D T

    Dag geleden

    hentai fan:*I will take your entire stock*

  96. Alparen J.

    Alparen J.

    Dag geleden

    you win youtube algorithim ill watch this video...this time

  97. Mar Bles

    Mar Bles

    Dag geleden


  98. Rell Abvislo

    Rell Abvislo

    Dag geleden

    You know, I was thinking can it get in yar arse?

  99. Le Monke KING

    Le Monke KING

    Dag geleden

    Biomimicry is really powerful

  100. Buy High, Sell Low

    Buy High, Sell Low

    Dag geleden

    I'm not putting any trust in a robot. Period.