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. Abdulrouf Lone_55

    Abdulrouf Lone_55Pred 7 urami

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

  2. NW睿

    NW睿Pred 8 urami


  3. spadaacca

    spadaaccaPred 8 urami

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

  4. Flor Delphin Ta

    Flor Delphin TaPred 9 urami

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

  5. Kwak the duck

    Kwak the duckPred 10 urami

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

  6. Junior Espinoza

    Junior EspinozaPred 12 urami

    Smart idea

  7. Die Nosor Po

    Die Nosor PoPred 12 urami

    Imagine the robot instead of entering the trachea, it enters the esophagus Nevermind

  8. Dale G.

    Dale G.Pred 13 urami

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

  9. Kyle

    KylePred 13 urami

    This would be great for feeding wires through walls.

  10. Ab khan

    Ab khanPred 13 urami

    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

  11. Ab khan

    Ab khanPred 13 urami

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

  12. Eagan _

    Eagan _Pred 13 urami

    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

  13. P

    PPred 14 urami

    My dog can do that.

  14. Stanislaus Böhme

    Stanislaus BöhmePred 17 urami

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

  15. Stephen White, Jr.

    Stephen White, Jr.Pred 17 urami

    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!

  16. SmudgyTV

    SmudgyTVPred 17 urami

    To the pyramids

  17. Kurt

    KurtPred 18 urami

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

  18. MrAtaguas

    MrAtaguasPred 22 urami

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

  19. nonsquid

    nonsquidPred dnevom

    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.

  20. Weslley Santos

    Weslley SantosPred dnevom

    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...

  21. NoScopeRequired •

    NoScopeRequired •Pred dnevom

    This could easily be used to help constipation

  22. UltraWolf

    UltraWolfPred dnevom

    okay, okay, so what if I swallow it?

  23. OMG!! xXK1T3EK4TXx

    OMG!! xXK1T3EK4TXxPred dnevom

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

  24. Olkusiowy

    OlkusiowyPred dnevom

    "everything can be dildo if you brave enough'

  25. Dave P

    Dave PPred dnevom

    Went to UCSB!! had classes in that building!

  26. Joe Roscoe

    Joe RoscoePred dnevom

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

  27. Rainbow Dash is Da Best

    Rainbow Dash is Da BestPred dnevom

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

  28. No Bo

    No BoPred dnevom

    anal probe alert lol

  29. Skipper May

    Skipper MayPred dnevom

    Cool New tool for hookers 🤔

  30. surkid101 b

    surkid101 bPred dnevom

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

  31. DragazoidYT

    DragazoidYTPred dnevom

    Doc ock?

  32. Yeetcheng

    YeetchengPred dnevom

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

  33. Khris09ph

    Khris09phPred dnevom

    Have they never seen the fkin Venom movie?

  34. Florin Pandele

    Florin PandelePred dnevom

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

  35. Robert Andersen

    Robert AndersenPred dnevom

    I wonder what inspired these guys 😏

  36. RO-gaming ftw

    RO-gaming ftwPred dnevom

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

  37. Madhan T

    Madhan TPred dnevom

    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 😉❤️

  38. RN John

    RN JohnPred 2 dnevi

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

  39. Crazydog 330

    Crazydog 330Pred 2 dnevi

    tentacle bot when

  40. loudawg

    loudawgPred 2 dnevi

    Like Donnie Darko

  41. BoxedIn or Muhammad Nafis

    BoxedIn or Muhammad NafisPred 2 dnevi

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

  42. aarry

    aarryPred 2 dnevi

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

  43. Squeeker Skeleton

    Squeeker SkeletonPred 2 dnevi

    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

  44. radradroadbot

    radradroadbotPred 2 dnevi

    It's not a robot, it's a tube

  45. Ron Nanagad

    Ron NanagadPred 2 dnevi

    hentacle tentai is becoming real

  46. Michael Treppelin

    Michael TreppelinPred 2 dnevi

    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

  47. Anthony Medina

    Anthony MedinaPred 2 dnevi

    Unstoppable eh 🤔

  48. Falk

    FalkPred 2 dnevi

    yo what the bloody hell

  49. Tlaw Gaso

    Tlaw GasoPred 2 dnevi

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

  50. Catgamer1kitty

    Catgamer1kittyPred 2 dnevi

    the thumbnail looks like a pickle

  51. SemiMono

    SemiMonoPred 2 dnevi

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

  52. Bruh what's that

    Bruh what's thatPred 2 dnevi

    Unstoppable robot worm < school nurse with a bag of ice

  53. Steff Morgan

    Steff MorganPred 2 dnevi

    I legit accidentally tried to like this 4 times whilst watching

  54. x_0euf

    x_0eufPred 2 dnevi

    Yeah yeah, inspired by a vine...

  55. Vytautas Ramanauskas

    Vytautas RamanauskasPred 2 dnevi

    They get idea from somewhere else I believe

  56. Daniel P.

    Daniel P.Pred 2 dnevi

    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

  57. Gamer Life

    Gamer LifePred 2 dnevi

    It could, but why would it do that?

  58. dbc680

    dbc680Pred 3 dnevi

    Maybe this could be used as customizable mattress or pillow.

  59. Chris D

    Chris DPred 3 dnevi

    Fast repair of main arteries that have been severed.

  60. Danger Doberman

    Danger DobermanPred 3 dnevi

    The applications are endless!

  61. My Human Experience

    My Human ExperiencePred 3 dnevi

    Or it could take your life. Flip the coin 🪙

  62. Captn' D

    Captn' DPred 3 dnevi

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

  63. Lil Yeet

    Lil YeetPred 3 dnevi

    I also grow out from the tip

  64. Lil Yeet

    Lil YeetPred 3 dnevi

    Fire... Project over

  65. Cherry Oakhold

    Cherry OakholdPred 3 dnevi

    This also unfortunately attracts the attention of R34 enthusiasts.

  66. spice mice

    spice micePred 3 dnevi

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

  67. Max Madus

    Max MadusPred 3 dnevi

    9:58 Jesus, is it you?

  68. AwesomeSword001

    AwesomeSword001Pred 3 dnevi

    this is reminding me of foreskin :/ anyone else?

  69. Froester

    FroesterPred 3 dnevi

    Funniest Comment Section i have ever seen 😂😂😂

  70. Navdeep Singh

    Navdeep SinghPred 3 dnevi

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

  71. Ezeckel Reichert

    Ezeckel ReichertPred 3 dnevi


  72. Soljarag5

    Soljarag5Pred 3 dnevi

    This reminds me of a........

  73. Carrot God

    Carrot GodPred 3 dnevi

    Ocean exploration

  74. Nathan Berrigan

    Nathan BerriganPred 3 dnevi

    Vascular stents seems like an obvious application.

  75. Anym

    AnymPred 3 dnevi

    thing is, is that nature always seems to be the best option. wings for planes? efficient bullet trains? this robot?

  76. ceerw buty

    ceerw butyPred 3 dnevi

    I’d like to put it up my

  77. Meelek Edits

    Meelek EditsPred 4 dnevi

    I saw a video from Brave Wilderness where they caught Bloodworms, and they do exactly what these machines do

  78. Alex Gilbreath

    Alex GilbreathPred 4 dnevi

    I feel like this would make running wires behind a wall soooo much easier.

  79. Jacob Weihe

    Jacob WeihePred 2 dnevi

    That's actually genius

  80. pixelator

    pixelatorPred 4 dnevi

    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"

  81. Dylan Janos

    Dylan JanosPred 4 dnevi

    Oh no...

  82. AwfulMusik

    AwfulMusikPred 4 dnevi

    Tentacle robots? I could get used to that.

  83. David Manske

    David ManskePred 4 dnevi

    Masks make anything lame

  84. akhtar razzan

    akhtar razzanPred 4 dnevi


  85. Luis Raposo

    Luis RaposoPred 4 dnevi

    For the sever constipated patients. With a little lube or soap aaand, walahhh! 💩

  86. Bob Oakshields

    Bob OakshieldsPred 4 dnevi

    Attack of the Triphids

  87. Boogeyjosh563yeahh

    Boogeyjosh563yeahhPred 4 dnevi

    A bike inner tube hooked up to a air compressor without and tire lol

  88. dwatts64

    dwatts64Pred 4 dnevi

    I guess I'm really confused how it works. Like I understand the demonstration with tape, but then I see the one that looks completely clear and I see no mechanics or anything that would be guiding it or steering it and I just don't understand how it's turning or why it works at all... OMG I'm sorry I tried watching again to see if I missed something... And apparently I didn't pause it when I went to the bathroom. Right during the part where he explains how it works lol.

  89. I like Oranges

    I like OrangesPred 4 dnevi

    Im just waiting for them to have enough intelligence to star in a adult show about 2d girls getting.... I'll leave the rest up to your imagination

  90. CrowF10

    CrowF10Pred 4 dnevi

    hentacle tentai....

  91. Pqu1try

    Pqu1tryPred 4 dnevi

    I’d like to put it up my

  92. brian bersch

    brian berschPred 5 dnevi

    One thing I was thinking is plumbing unclogging pipes, or running electrical wires through walls. Or the tip one being used for running pipe or wires through the ground leaving the surface in disturbed and much cheaper then directional boring. Unclogging vanes from blood clots

  93. Caden Renner

    Caden RennerPred 5 dnevi

    Why didn’t the @Mark Rober

  94. 5Mr.Cartoon

    5Mr.CartoonPred 5 dnevi

    This helped save those kids stuck in a Cave in Malaysia or Indonesia (I don't remember) after Elon Musk tweeted about it.

  95. Davi Brito

    Davi BritoPred 3 dnevi

    That was actually in Thailand

  96. Ikraznek

    IkraznekPred 5 dnevi

    5:49 Watching this I just got an idea: You technically only have to articulate the first let's say 1.5 of the snake, while doing it with outside chambers works fine to a certain degree, the longer the robot gets the less control you have. What if you put your "control muscle" on the inside of the first 1.5m where you attach your cable and camera?

  97. Vinny Real

    Vinny RealPred 5 dnevi

    this is hilarious

  98. Saleem Musliar

    Saleem MusliarPred 5 dnevi

    There are thousands of bedridden patients to whom enema is given to remove their stool, this enema works only in the lower side of large intestines. After giving enema probably this robot could be used to pullout the hard stools from Transverse colons. We recently faced with this issue with our mother

  99. Anelka Lee

    Anelka LeePred 5 dnevi

    Him: It could hold up to 1000kilograms. *robot burst So u r a 1000kilograms?

  100. Tyrus Madsden

    Tyrus MadsdenPred 5 dnevi

    So useful. This is what soft robotics is all about.

  101. Donavan B LoForte RPN, RCRT, LCRT

    Donavan B LoForte RPN, RCRT, LCRTPred 5 dnevi

    I've seen this video weeks ago.

  102. Sleepy_Joe Biden

    Sleepy_Joe BidenPred 5 dnevi

    *Му дiск when I take viаgга*