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




  • This looks... Very familiar for some reason...

    ElenderionElenderionPrieš 8 minučių
  • This is My Daily Video Channel to watch from now on until on and on

    Alex WebberAlex WebberPrieš 33 minutes
  • 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 MichaelPrieš 36 minučių
  • Wow

    This is FaizanThis is FaizanPrieš 2 val
  • he really have to end it with "and what else can you think of to do with it ?"

    Aveka KristiantoAveka KristiantoPrieš 3 val
  • The bouncy lier aetiologically regret because eight mechanically store minus a unadvised sunday. red, panicky shoe

    Megan OlhaueMegan OlhauePrieš 5 val
  • It actually is such a great technology it's surprising why it not existed till now given its simplicity compared to complex robots

    vikas samalvikas samalPrieš 10 val
  • 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.

    Mr TeaThymeMr TeaThymePrieš 14 val
  • Weebs: Interesting

    OptimusPrimeDJSOptimusPrimeDJSPrieš 16 val
  • * immediately goes to comments and finds exactly what I expected *

    Beckett ThirionBeckett ThirionPrieš 18 val
  • 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..

    Juan RodriguezJuan RodriguezPrieš 18 val
  • I honestly don’t think this is a good idea

    Spanky LmaoSpanky LmaoPrieš 19 val
  • 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.

    Ion DragonXIon DragonXPrieš 19 val
  • I used to get them things from the dollar store

    Theherosamich •Theherosamich •Prieš 19 val
  • Yes sure go ahead and make a robot with sensors, steering, camera thats literally unstoppable

    SathvikSathvikPrieš 20 val
  • It's just good business, otherwise you know what you know.

    Abdulrouf Lone_55Abdulrouf Lone_55Prieš dieną
  • 他不說實話,其實是從觸手play想到的

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

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

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

    Kwak the duckKwak the duckPrieš dieną
  • Smart idea

    Junior EspinozaJunior EspinozaPrieš dieną
  • Imagine the robot instead of entering the trachea, it enters the esophagus Nevermind

    Die Nosor PoDie Nosor PoPrieš dieną
  • Reminds me of that one part of the 2005 war of the worlds

    Dale G.Dale G.Prieš dieną
  • This would be great for feeding wires through walls.

    KyleKylePrieš dieną
  • 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

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

    Ab khanAb khanPrieš dieną
  • 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

    Eagan _Eagan _Prieš dieną
  • My dog can do that.

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

    Stanislaus BöhmeStanislaus BöhmePrieš dieną
  • 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!

    Stephen White, Jr.Stephen White, Jr.Prieš dieną
  • To the pyramids

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

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

    MrAtaguasMrAtaguasPrieš dieną
  • 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.

    nonsquidnonsquidPrieš dieną
  • 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...

    Weslley SantosWeslley SantosPrieš dieną
  • This could easily be used to help constipation

    NoScopeRequired •NoScopeRequired •Prieš 2 dienas
  • okay, okay, so what if I swallow it?

    UltraWolfUltraWolfPrieš 2 dienas
  • “inflatable kinda-like playdough structures you see at car lots” *YOU MEAN TO TELL ME !!!!* *THIS GUY DOESN’T KNOW!?!?*

    OMG!! xXK1T3EK4TXxOMG!! xXK1T3EK4TXxPrieš 2 dienas
  • "everything can be dildo if you brave enough'

    OlkusiowyOlkusiowyPrieš 2 dienas
  • Went to UCSB!! had classes in that building!

    Dave PDave PPrieš 2 dienas
  • Why y'all wearing masks outdoors? You look stupid.

    Joe RoscoeJoe RoscoePrieš 2 dienas
  • You know what is going to happen. It WILL happen. You know what I mean. Don't lie.

    Rainbow Dash is Da BestRainbow Dash is Da BestPrieš 2 dienas
  • anal probe alert lol

    No BoNo BoPrieš 2 dienas
  • Cool New tool for hookers 🤔

    Skipper MaySkipper MayPrieš 2 dienas
  • *aight, not gonna lie, it looks like a worm*

    surkid101 bsurkid101 bPrieš 2 dienas
  • Doc ock?

    DragazoidYTDragazoidYTPrieš 2 dienas
  • That won’t save someone from choking that’s jus gonna make it worse

    YeetchengYeetchengPrieš 2 dienas
  • Have they never seen the fkin Venom movie?

    Khris09phKhris09phPrieš 2 dienas
  • I don't think that a plant inspired this robot...but anyway, interesting invention.

    Florin PandeleFlorin PandelePrieš 2 dienas
  • I wonder what inspired these guys 😏

    Robert AndersenRobert AndersenPrieš 2 dienas
  • "and what else can you think of to do with it" a certain black and orange adult website: hold my beer

    RO-gaming ftwRO-gaming ftwPrieš 2 dienas
  • 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 😉❤️

    Madhan TMadhan TPrieš 2 dienas
  • Would be so exciting to see the intubation device make its way into the hospitals!

    RN JohnRN JohnPrieš 2 dienas
  • tentacle bot when

    Crazydog 330Crazydog 330Prieš 2 dienas
  • Like Donnie Darko

    loudawgloudawgPrieš 3 dienas
  • Hentai fans: *i could use this for another application ;)*

    BoxedIn or Muhammad NafisBoxedIn or Muhammad NafisPrieš 3 dienas
  • Could be used in places like minefields as its a cheap alternative to the expensive drones used now

    aarryaarryPrieš 3 dienas
  • 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

    Squeeker SkeletonSqueeker SkeletonPrieš 3 dienas
  • It's not a robot, it's a tube

    radradroadbotradradroadbotPrieš 3 dienas
  • hentacle tentai is becoming real

    Ron NanagadRon NanagadPrieš 3 dienas
  • 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 TreppelinPrieš 3 dienas
  • Unstoppable eh 🤔

    Anthony MedinaAnthony MedinaPrieš 3 dienas
  • yo what the bloody hell

    FalkFalkPrieš 3 dienas
  • It's a plastic bag calling it a robot is highly optimistic.

    Tlaw GasoTlaw GasoPrieš 3 dienas
  • the thumbnail looks like a pickle

    Catgamer1kittyCatgamer1kittyPrieš 3 dienas
  • When your remote falls into the underbelly of your couch, pull out the vine.

    SemiMonoSemiMonoPrieš 3 dienas
  • Unstoppable robot worm < school nurse with a bag of ice

    Bruh what's thatBruh what's thatPrieš 3 dienas
  • I legit accidentally tried to like this 4 times whilst watching

    Steff MorganSteff MorganPrieš 3 dienas
  • Yeah yeah, inspired by a vine...

    x_0eufx_0eufPrieš 3 dienas
  • They get idea from somewhere else I believe

    Vytautas RamanauskasVytautas RamanauskasPrieš 3 dienas
  • 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

    Daniel P.Daniel P.Prieš 3 dienas
  • It could, but why would it do that?

    Gamer LifeGamer LifePrieš 3 dienas
  • Maybe this could be used as customizable mattress or pillow.

    dbc680dbc680Prieš 3 dienas
  • Fast repair of main arteries that have been severed.

    Chris DChris DPrieš 3 dienas
  • The applications are endless!

    Danger DobermanDanger DobermanPrieš 3 dienas
  • Or it could take your life. Flip the coin 🪙

    My Human ExperienceMy Human ExperiencePrieš 3 dienas
  • Oh god… Japan is gonna turn this into porn isn’t it

    Captn' DCaptn' DPrieš 4 dienas
  • I also grow out from the tip

    Lil YeetLil YeetPrieš 4 dienas
  • Fire... Project over

    Lil YeetLil YeetPrieš 4 dienas
  • This also unfortunately attracts the attention of R34 enthusiasts.

    Cherry OakholdCherry OakholdPrieš 4 dienas
  • i dont want a snake to come in my throat thats like my biggest nightmare

    spice micespice micePrieš 4 dienas
  • 9:58 Jesus, is it you?

    Max MadusMax MadusPrieš 4 dienas
  • this is reminding me of foreskin :/ anyone else?

    AwesomeSword001AwesomeSword001Prieš 4 dienas
  • Funniest Comment Section i have ever seen 😂😂😂

    FroesterFroesterPrieš 4 dienas
  • This looks (and works) like the tentacles of alien ship from war of the worlds

    Navdeep SinghNavdeep SinghPrieš 4 dienas
  • .

    Ezeckel ReichertEzeckel ReichertPrieš 4 dienas
  • This reminds me of a........

    Soljarag5Soljarag5Prieš 4 dienas
  • Ocean exploration

    Carrot GodCarrot GodPrieš 4 dienas
  • Vascular stents seems like an obvious application.

    Nathan BerriganNathan BerriganPrieš 4 dienas
  • thing is, is that nature always seems to be the best option. wings for planes? efficient bullet trains? this robot?

    AnymAnymPrieš 4 dienas
    • I’d like to put it up my

      ceerw butyceerw butyPrieš 4 dienas
  • I saw a video from Brave Wilderness where they caught Bloodworms, and they do exactly what these machines do

    Meelek EditsMeelek EditsPrieš 4 dienas
  • I feel like this would make running wires behind a wall soooo much easier.

    Alex GilbreathAlex GilbreathPrieš 4 dienas
    • That's actually genius

      Jacob WeiheJacob WeihePrieš 3 dienas
  • 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"

    pixelatorpixelatorPrieš 4 dienas
  • Oh no...

    Dylan JanosDylan JanosPrieš 4 dienas
  • Tentacle robots? I could get used to that.

    AwfulMusikAwfulMusikPrieš 4 dienas
  • Masks make anything lame

    David ManskeDavid ManskePrieš 4 dienas
  • robot?

    akhtar razzanakhtar razzanPrieš 4 dienas
  • For the sever constipated patients. With a little lube or soap aaand, walahhh! 💩

    Luis RaposoLuis RaposoPrieš 5 dienų
  • Attack of the Triphids

    Bob OakshieldsBob OakshieldsPrieš 5 dienų