Why Robots That Bend Are Better

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Robots of the future may be softer, squishier and bendier than robots today. This could make them ideal for space exploration. Check out kiwico.com/Veritasium50 for 50% off your first month of any subscription!
On Thursday February 18th, 2021 the NASA Perseverance Rover will land on Mars. It is a wonderful robot, made out of steel and wire - but will future robots look like Perseverance? There is an emerging field of research on "soft robots", where the machines are flexible. These soft robots have many advantages over traditional robots - they're safer, lighter, more flexible and can change their shape and size.
NASA is investigating the use of soft robots for space missions. For future visits to Enceladus or Europa, a lander could cut a hole in the ice and then insert a compliant robot through the hole. This robot could then grow and change shape on the other side.
N. S. Usevitch, Z. M. Hammond, M. Schwager, A. M. Okamura, E. W. Hawkes, S. Follmer, An untethered isoperimetric soft robot. Sci. Robot. 4,
ve42.co/Hammond2020 - paper about the truss robot
ve42.co/Usevitch2020 - press release and video about the truss robot
Electronics-free pneumatic circuits for controlling soft-legged robots
Dylan Drotman1, Saurabh Jadhav, David Sharp, Christian Chan, Michael T. Tolley Sci. Robot. 6, eaay2627 (2021)
ve42.co/Drotman - paper about the turtle robot
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Thanks to Zachary Hammond for showing me the soft truss robot
Filmed by Derek Muller
Edited and GFX by Trenton Oliver
Animation by Ivan Tello
Music by Jonny Hyman
Thumbnail by Ignat Berbeci, Dan Meyer

Justin Buser
Justin Buser 17 minuter sedan
This would be pretty cool in livestock Applications. Especially bovine.
MADHAV DADHICHI 28 minuter sedan
Me: you deserve more subs People: memes memes memes
Futterman Farms
Futterman Farms 41 minut sedan
Hmm I'm wondering if some of this is "misinformation" and should be deleted?
LightSource 47 minuter sedan
erwinsyah nova
erwinsyah nova Timme sedan
ok soft robot.., bend, can it squeze tight
the ugly truth
the ugly truth 2 timmar sedan
If you wear a mask I don't watch
Swift King
Swift King 2 timmar sedan
But can it go offroading?
Rishabh Gupta
Rishabh Gupta 2 timmar sedan
I have a doubt what is the speed of darkness?
Carlos_A_M Timme sedan
Same as light
MochaFur Timme sedan
I dunno dark
chulofreaks 2 timmar sedan
dorito tumbleweed
Samuel Mon
Samuel Mon Timme sedan
David Robertson
David Robertson 2 timmar sedan
Sorry I just could not watch human robots wearing control devices on the face although it MAY have been interesting - if you survive the experimental nanobot infiltrating jab maybe you can make another without slave devices on?
Héctor Cossio
Héctor Cossio 2 timmar sedan
It always amazes me how the future end up giving us what we want, but always with a twist, we all dreaming with hard human like butler, but we'll probably end up with shape shifting sausages crawling around our houses, still pretty cool though.
Cxshedoutk 2 timmar sedan
why dont you just give the information directly? i catch on to your hints buh you shouldnt be scared to teach the society uh mean like isnt tha the reason for your youtube channel?
andybaldman 3 timmar sedan
Why Robots That Bend Are Boring
Drag0nEYE 1510
Drag0nEYE 1510 3 timmar sedan
This mam calls a lot of things robots. I feel like he doesn't fully understand what a robot is...
Luca Montani
Luca Montani 3 timmar sedan
Sure, the guy who is literally building machines that move and do things has no idea what a robot is. Totally.
nimay13 3 timmar sedan
I'm Bender baby, please insert liquor. Bendy robots are better.
NDK0 3 timmar sedan
That's it, rubber terminators are almost here
Cenix 4 timmar sedan
Because they can bend
Michael Wylie
Michael Wylie 4 timmar sedan
I don't really know how you would use a soft robot like that but it is very cool and I can see that it needs to be developed as something is going to come from it. Like Spot from Boston Dynamics was developed and there is some very cool things coming from that now. I love seeing how the construction industry in particular is using Spot.
Скуљски 4 timmar sedan
Kiełbasa XDDD
Frank Einstein
Frank Einstein 4 timmar sedan
"So I came up to Standford to meet Zach Hammond and his soft robot." Me: *lowers volume*
Frogboy 4 timmar sedan
these "soft" robots will be less lethal when the uprising happens
J H 5 timmar sedan
So like bone and muscle
Danny Dunwell
Danny Dunwell 5 timmar sedan
I have a question... if the universe is expanding do you think it will continue endlessly until all the matter in the universe dies out or will it retract or maybe something else.
turbo Flacko
turbo Flacko 5 timmar sedan
No doubt !
ׁ 5 timmar sedan
So does that mean i'm a few years closer to being able to have a robot girlfriend?
Spanky Harland
Spanky Harland 6 timmar sedan
soft robots remind me of drunk uncles.
Big Phat Smoke
Big Phat Smoke 6 timmar sedan
No thank you some of these would be terrifying this is how skynet started
Daphoes 6 timmar sedan
aww the title made me think they build a "Bender"
Maxx 6 timmar sedan
Yes, but can a robot ever truly fart?
Danny Dunwell
Danny Dunwell 5 timmar sedan
Pump it full of methane and put a buthole then absolutely
Antonio Manaserian
Antonio Manaserian 7 timmar sedan
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Business starten & online Geld verdienen! 7 timmar sedan
Sausages with air in it in space. Yeah.
russell 7 timmar sedan
This only makes sense on the nano scale.
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Business starten & online Geld verdienen! 7 timmar sedan
my first thought...
russell 7 timmar sedan
"Is the biggest risk if it pops?" 😂
Pepbob 7 timmar sedan
god i hate imperial so much
Madison O
Madison O 8 timmar sedan
As a member of a robotics team, this video is so cool! It would be awesome if FIRST did a compliant robot competition! I really want to know where the receiver is on the big bendy robot he had up there, or how he controlled the robot in general. Btw, I am a huge fan of this channel! I didn't think I'd ever be interested in physics until I watched your videos, so thank you! (:
Derek Schinke
Derek Schinke 8 timmar sedan
wait, they named robots after sausages "Polish" and "Kiełbasa"? those are the same thing lmfao
Deldarel 8 timmar sedan
This is one of those things that gets more and more awesome the more you look at it. I thought 'o, thing tips over, cool, seen that before' but it's soooooo much more than that. After 6 minutes I was completely sold
DM Blackgvard
DM Blackgvard 8 timmar sedan
Pretty sure that this "compliant" Octahedron could strangle me, if it really wanted to
veroaghe 9 timmar sedan
I think the 'why' in the title should be 'when' because 'why' implies, in this instance, they're *always* better which you contradict in the video by saying the not bending variety is more accurate. Or the 'are', which makes the statement sound as if it's true in any situation, could be changed in something like 'can be'.
Expedient Technology
Expedient Technology 10 timmar sedan
Why is everyone wearing a mask?
The The
The The 9 timmar sedan
Good question man
Tobi Jackson
Tobi Jackson 9 timmar sedan
Did you forget the ongoing pandemic in the US?
Alpali 9 timmar sedan
There was a pandemic in 2020-2022.
ShatteredShadow 10 timmar sedan
this, this is why im distracted from my homework
Manpreet lakhanpal
Manpreet lakhanpal 10 timmar sedan
Wow Step-Robot u are really flexible.
Tomasz Gasecki
Tomasz Gasecki 10 timmar sedan
Kiełbasa :)
Christian Olsson
Christian Olsson 10 timmar sedan
Can we have it fall and me be inside it? Dude, sick.
Bones 10 timmar sedan
Can't they use the same type of structure/principle that nasa used for it's airless tires? But then it would limit how much its size could reduce, because of the stress limit before permanently bending the metal Could also try doing the same, and using "memory metal"... But then the robot would need a way to keep re-heating it's own "metal fiber tubes" and that would create a power issue
Jacobskefoulington Gold
Jacobskefoulington Gold 10 timmar sedan
Sunkenpine 11 timmar sedan
I never understand what he says but I still enjoy watching him
Anantim Patil
Anantim Patil 11 timmar sedan
Next Video - "Why Girls That Bend Are Better"
Ed L.
Ed L. 12 timmar sedan
is this basically the blob from the movie blob?
Nico RO
Nico RO 12 timmar sedan
suddenly gay
radastir 12 timmar sedan
Bender always knew it.
unknown player
unknown player 12 timmar sedan
Please Make a video on golden ratio *Phi*!!!!!
notn0t 13 timmar sedan
This video was SO MUCH more enjoyable than the over-produced SEpost Originals one. Thanks for the great content!
William Pereira Gomes
William Pereira Gomes 13 timmar sedan
ew he uses inches on matlab? i know ues USian but hes a scientist
wilkdc 13 timmar sedan
AJ Arriaga
AJ Arriaga 13 timmar sedan
This man is ahead of his time in 75 years these are going to be rolling around everywhere
ATmel91 13 timmar sedan
I feel like that red tube robots joints with the metal sticking out will snap
Adam Hooker
Adam Hooker 14 timmar sedan
Drew Boyd
Drew Boyd 14 timmar sedan
Compliance compliance compliance!
YankaRonin 14 timmar sedan
Why Bends That Bend Are Bender
AidanTheTurtle 14 timmar sedan
We now have the ability to create Baymax irl
Quinton Dekock
Quinton Dekock 14 timmar sedan
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Anders Henriksen
Anders Henriksen 15 timmar sedan
I love that they snuck in a big hero 6 reference
Melody 15 timmar sedan
Awesome and useful? Definitely. But better? I'm not so sure. I'm just not sure that something with literal rubber that has to constantly bend is going to have the longevity to be worth launching on a several decade-long journey into space to the outer reaches of the solar system or even the closest planets. It would have to last for so long that even a chance of it not working would surely make it not worth it to use. Also the weight is a lot more of a problem than the volume at least within certain scenarios.
Legion 15 timmar sedan
What course do you have to fail to end up working with that boring mess?
Andromeda 16 timmar sedan
The idea of one of these swimming about on one of the ocean worlds out in the orbits of Saturn or Jupiter is an absolutely mesmerising concept.
Gizmo 16 timmar sedan
So you can kill them easy , when they rise up agains humans!
newsgetsold 16 timmar sedan
1:10 “Designed to mimic a turtle." 1:13 Shows tortoise 🐢
Theodor Theodorsen
Theodor Theodorsen 13 timmar sedan
@newsgetsold I had no idea.
BrandonJustPlays Δ
BrandonJustPlays Δ 14 timmar sedan
🐢 and 🐢 have the same emoji. They are very very similar.
newsgetsold 14 timmar sedan
@Theodor Theodorsen Ah but I use British English... "British usage, by contrast, tends not to use "turtle" as a generic term for all members of the order, and also applies the term "tortoises" broadly to all land-dwelling members of the order Testudines, regardless of whether they are actually members of the family Testudinidae."
Theodor Theodorsen
Theodor Theodorsen 15 timmar sedan
Sorry to say, but tortoises are turtles too.
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Joanna Watters
Joanna Watters 17 timmar sedan
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Wildfire悪魔 17 timmar sedan
soft robots are DEFINITELY useful, especially especially the humanoid ones...
chmura now
chmura now 17 timmar sedan
polish sausage and kiełbasa are the same thing :DDDDDD
Wildfire悪魔 17 timmar sedan
"kielbasa" is literally just sausage in general, in russian
ChefBoyArty 17 timmar sedan
Polska Gurom
Herbert 17 timmar sedan
Polish kiełbasa wery good
yutuniopati 18 timmar sedan
Waste of time
toobin8r 18 timmar sedan
So they got Baymax right
MasterMAT 18 timmar sedan
Self healing polymer for skin? I can see huge potential
Francois Justyne Abhram Dinauto
Francois Justyne Abhram Dinauto 19 timmar sedan
This could, in theory be used to save people who are trapped under debris, just send a drone to look for people, send this robot to inflate and provide support so that they don't get crushed even more. Then they can work on rescuing the person without the worry of the people being accidentally crushed.
Sabitha Safar
Sabitha Safar 19 timmar sedan
10:42 Mark rover lookalike?!?!
Albert Åkesson
Albert Åkesson 20 timmar sedan
This is supersmart. But I'm mostly wondering about the programming interface with the form of the robot. How do you make intuitive to operare?
TomNG 20 timmar sedan
Anyone thought of Baymax from Big Hero 6? :))))
Nyarlathotep 20 timmar sedan
How else would robots be able to bend over?
Raul Lara
Raul Lara 20 timmar sedan
im so happy he mentioned big hero6 cause it was the only thing screaming in my mind during the entire video
Hafiz Hamzah
Hafiz Hamzah 21 timme sedan
Probably A European
Probably A European 21 timme sedan
petiton to name the robot ben dover
jorsanflo 21 timme sedan
[ S o l i t a ]
[ S o l i t a ] 21 timme sedan
This is awesome. It reminds me of those wind driven beach machines from that one artist and mechanic.
Joshua Rowley
Joshua Rowley 22 timmar sedan
Soft robots would have a harder time overthrowing us
Enigma OFFC
Enigma OFFC 22 timmar sedan
What about wind in other planets? Wouldn't soft robots be blown away?
Br LL 23 timmar sedan
Totally missed Festo robots
flat_foot 23 timmar sedan
So what if one of the corners hit your head, or worse yet, what if you fall on one of the corners Safe
KBS -117
KBS -117 23 timmar sedan
They literally cant do anything but slowly roll around. How is this useful
Dauntless 21 timme sedan
It's a proof of concept demonstrating the versatility and efficiency of soft robots. They don't need to be anything like the one in the video
RFW 23 timmar sedan
softbots! why don't we call them this
cruisinwithkenny BERNARDI
cruisinwithkenny BERNARDI Dag sedan
Riley Russell
Riley Russell Dag sedan
It’s like big hero 6 :D
Antonio CN
Antonio CN Dag sedan
Baymax :v
Kaleb Ouimet
Kaleb Ouimet Dag sedan
the first red robot could be used in a military setting put some AR-500 steel plate on each of the faces are you have a moving cover system that can take a couple 7.62 rounds and boost the machinery and make the steel like 3-4 inches thick and cover the circuitry am I the only one this sounds like a good idea too?
Gkid50 - Gaming & Tech Reviews
Gkid50 - Gaming & Tech Reviews Dag sedan
when i saw this and they mentioned the big problem being a air leak I thought about maybe a big ger latex tubing that has a natural compression ability but still is stable a dn isn't fully subjected to having to stay inflated to stay usable example a latex tubing could be thick enough that its stable but then could even have a air pump built on board that could inflate the tubing to utilize even more of the natural latex properties 8
Chase Roberts
Chase Roberts Dag sedan
Super random question. Anyone know any good "high friction materials" for wrapping around rods or other things? 03:48
monke 19 timmar sedan
I think some forms of rubber. Rubber is quite ‘high friction’.
Koo Dag sedan
Well, soft, bendable, octopus-like...so a hentai robot?
Guru Sachdev
Guru Sachdev 7 timmar sedan
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