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:

Make your own Vine Robot! —
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

Just Some Guy without a Mustache

This robot: Is a technologically advanced piece of hardware that can save lives

Hentai fans: "I'm somewhat of a scientist myself"

2 months ago | [YT] | 26,388

The Horizon

Man, people are really gonna have fun with this one...

3 days ago | [YT] | 131

RommyJoj • 21 years

“Did you bring protection?”
“İt will bring itself”

2 weeks ago | [YT] | 1,131

I REALLY Like muffins

“Can navigate twisty passages”
“Can go through sticky substances”
shows video of it going down mannequins throat
“Can grow from the tip”
“Can ungrow”

Many, MANY applications indeed

2 weeks ago (edited) | [YT] | 1,388

De'Voy Edwards

Nobody's said anything about how this is literally gonna turn into Baymax in the future

2 weeks ago | [YT] | 873


Kinda scary if I‘m in a collapsed building and an oversized noodle worm just comes by to say hi.

1 month ago | [YT] | 5,581


If this bot becomes self-aware, we're all in for a very nightmarish end.

2 weeks ago | [YT] | 175

Kyle 0

This would make for the most wonderful colonoscopy in ages.

2 weeks ago | [YT] | 252


0:01 what teachers think will happen to boys when they see a small part of girls shoulder

2 weeks ago | [YT] | 141


"so my balance is not great as you can see"

"TrY StAnDinG oN It"

5 days ago | [YT] | 21


Imagine being in a burning collapsed building stuck under some concrete and a giant tenticle comes to save you

2 months ago | [YT] | 4,234

Josh Rayne

Rare footage: Freud enters the engineering scene to demonstrate the ever-penetrating power of the phallus

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TheLupineFriend -lastname-

Vertasium: "High tech unstoppable robot for many uses!"


3 days ago | [YT] | 7

idk lol

“i’m done with these robot tentacles on this plane!”

2 weeks ago | [YT] | 61


“Watching it go down the body’s throat”. There’s already been something like that for a while now that saves peoples life

2 weeks ago | [YT] | 48


This is genuis.

2 months ago | [YT] | 5,799

Kevin Bagar

"what else can you think of to do with it?"

Me, an intellectual: butt stuff

1 week ago | [YT] | 34


"this is a robot that can grow 100's of times its size" soo... basically......hmmm🤔

2 weeks ago (edited) | [YT] | 56

Evhan Clyde Dela Cruz

“We are entering fetish levels that shouldn’t be entered.”

1 week ago | [YT] | 36

Pancake Potato

Me: this could save lives and it’s a pretty cool invention

Also me: hentai potential

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