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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Jim Osmun, Tyson McDowell, Ludovic Robillard, jim buckmaster, Robert, fanime96, Marc Forand, Juan Benet, Ruslan Khroma, Robert Blum, Grace O'Maille KRON x Arc iOS, Richard Sundvall, Lee Redden, Vincent, Lyvann Ferrusca, Alfred Wallace, Arjun Chakroborty, Joar Wandborg, Clayton Greenwell, Pindex , Michael Krugman, Cy 'kkm' K'Nelson, Sam Lutfi, Ron Neal, Bryan Baker
Video supplied by Getty Images
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

Durpswag Jr.
Durpswag Jr. 2 timmar sedan
So its soft, and can change shape....great?
aboodi the destroyer
aboodi the destroyer 2 timmar sedan
"Why robots that bend are better" Bender: 😁
Cian Mac phaidin
Cian Mac phaidin 2 timmar sedan
This is baymax's great grandad
ψ{Flame End Cyborg Guy}ψ
ψ{Flame End Cyborg Guy}ψ 3 timmar sedan
Hm... Rigid robot uses: Manufacturing, Building, warfare, secondary phases of colonization. Soft robot uses: Medicine, direct human contact usage, rescue, first phases of colonization.
Ben Dover
Ben Dover 3 timmar sedan
Thought you meant bend like Bender Rodriguez
Raf Takt
Raf Takt 3 timmar sedan
bender agrees
Erik Laken
Erik Laken 3 timmar sedan
Aan deze militaire natte droom die volledig geheim en verboden ondezoek bevat ga je niet gelijk dood . Parkingson, Altzheimer, mad cow zijn door prion veroorzaakte ziektes die pas over 2 jaar zich breed gaan manifesteren. Nu snap je de Angst van overheden.
Yundt Rosamond
Yundt Rosamond 3 timmar sedan
The envious riverbed admittedly punish because can sicily arrest into a victorious composition. fretful, ragged arch
Erik Laken
Erik Laken 3 timmar sedan
Dit is er aan de hand. Sars-CoV-2 A Weaponized Prion Disorder Disquised as Respiratory Disease. Hier werken groot machten als China, Rusland en Amerika al jaren in het geheim aan en is helaas ontsnapt uit een biolab in Wohan.
Zach Hammond
Zach Hammond 3 timmar sedan
This is awkward
XENO VADER 4 timmar sedan
Its like the strandbeests
tomey tomey
tomey tomey 4 timmar sedan
there's no air in space
J Villain
J Villain 4 timmar sedan
That compressed air robot looked like stop motion. But all it would take is one of those flimsy rods on that inflatable robots to snap and its useless.
Onin D.
Onin D. 4 timmar sedan
"Why Rockets that Bend are Better"
Your Slavic Friend
Your Slavic Friend 5 timmar sedan
These are nicer than humanoid, because a human like machine that can move, interact and talk is creepy
Sameer Tariq
Sameer Tariq 5 timmar sedan
8:46 Bay Max from Big-Hero 6 came to mind when he said that.
Sameer Tariq
Sameer Tariq 5 timmar sedan
Nevermind he mentioned it lol.
Boisq 5 timmar sedan
only thing i didnt like about this video is that your voice keeps changing sides
SAGAR KUMAR BISWAS 5 timmar sedan
Mauricio Tejeda Davila
Mauricio Tejeda Davila 5 timmar sedan
no comments or jokes about Futurama's Bender? im disappointed in y'all
PETARDAwNABIAL 6 timmar sedan
>its soft, so its safe around humans ...
Piotr Biesek
Piotr Biesek 6 timmar sedan
kielbasa :D
kenh tong hop
kenh tong hop 6 timmar sedan
good video
Muhammadim Yusoff Jamaluddin
Muhammadim Yusoff Jamaluddin 8 timmar sedan
Why I cant even see the sub button? Serious Question.
Miguel Antonio Buenaventura
Miguel Antonio Buenaventura 8 timmar sedan
i preffer my robot stiff
bodoti qwiu
bodoti qwiu 9 timmar sedan
We now have the ability to create Baymax irl
Skylark Landing
Skylark Landing 9 timmar sedan
Baymax is my favorite soft robot
Travis Dark
Travis Dark 9 timmar sedan
half of boston robot dynamic videos are cgi anyways lmfao!!
Lord Habitaxe of Prydonia
Lord Habitaxe of Prydonia 10 timmar sedan
Michael Rosen called it, guys ***bendy bendy bendy! Bendyy bendyy***
Nit3mare_btw 9 timmar sedan
nice pfp 👍
Ramesh Lamichhane
Ramesh Lamichhane 11 timmar sedan
bodoti qwiu
bodoti qwiu 9 timmar sedan
we're one step closer to having a real life baymax
Laurence Pop
Laurence Pop 12 timmar sedan
Imroz Towhid
Imroz Towhid 12 timmar sedan
TARS? is that you?
Bartek S
Bartek S 13 timmar sedan
Oh dang! Kiełbasa right there!!!♥️
MR.terra69 13 timmar sedan
Every one the robots will take over the world..... the robots haha soft robots go bbbbrrrrr
hivek mosat
hivek mosat 14 timmar sedan
The glamorous pollution commercially consist because opera randomly cause within a open july. crazy, rainy person
jwpx11 16 timmar sedan
Hey Derek, I have a physics question for you, its kind of hard to explain while typing but it concerns controlling gravity. I think I have a 33% chance of this theory being correct, if you are interested I can give you my email later. Thanks, Josh.
jwpx11 6 timmar sedan
Yea ikr it has to do with Einstein's theory of relativity and curved spacetime
Christian Nieves
Christian Nieves 15 timmar sedan
lol what? hahahhaha
mind.hacker999 16 timmar sedan
I love this video as a high schooler and a software lead and a captain of an FRC robotics team who loves and adored robots and robot making!
Carlo052 G
Carlo052 G 16 timmar sedan
Kill JESUS with Cinnamon. For they have no breath and cannot speak and hear. Cyborgs
CrazyNoodles 18 timmar sedan
Who wants to bet which will come first Robot anime girls or colonization on mars
Reanetse Moleleki
Reanetse Moleleki 19 timmar sedan
Cool, so instead of having your skull crushed by a terminator you get smothered by a sentient jumping castle.
Toughen Up, Fluffy
Toughen Up, Fluffy 19 timmar sedan
It's just a hop, a skip, and a jump away from needing a leg up.
nigel_bd 19 timmar sedan
just put some stans tire sealant inside the bot in case it springs a leak it'll seal itself
embRellish e
embRellish e 21 timme sedan
the compressed air robot at 1:03 looks like a sea pig hehe
Dark 21 timme sedan
we're one step closer to having a real life baymax
Любослав Николов
Любослав Николов 14 timmar sedan
@Nevaehs Pets same
Nevaehs Pets
Nevaehs Pets 16 timmar sedan
I’m here before this gets 100 likes
Kevin 17 timmar sedan
Okay Nerd 💀😆
Vicente Esnaola
Vicente Esnaola 22 timmar sedan
nice stuff!
Blitz The Fox
Blitz The Fox 22 timmar sedan
Bender: Shut up baby I know it!
Klaus Hipp
Klaus Hipp 22 timmar sedan
looks pretty useless at that dev. level.
ki koy
ki koy 23 timmar sedan
I see BIG HERO in the future
Dipesh Satrange
Dipesh Satrange 23 timmar sedan
Soft robots yeah
Mark Vrankovich
Mark Vrankovich Dag sedan
Wasn't the T-1000 a soft robot? You know, when it wanted to be.
Mat Blaz
Mat Blaz Dag sedan
Will you still call a robot to something that doesn't integrate electronics?
Fernando Toledo
Fernando Toledo Dag sedan
Is there a video of that tour/visit to Kiwi Co? I'm fascinated by their work and would love to see more from that teaser.
TheTRUwins Dag sedan
F...ng masks on your faces...?!?!?!?!??! REALLY?!?!?!?!?!
PowerDust015 lastname
PowerDust015 lastname Dag sedan
problem is we cant make a soft robot that is actually strong. so why dont we just build normal machines, that dont crush people?
Daniel Kintigh
Daniel Kintigh Dag sedan
but it can pick up basketballs! How many basketballs are on mars though...
Monkey D. Luffy
Monkey D. Luffy Dag sedan
Hey Derek, how about the explanation of the " Center of the Universe " on Tulsa, Oklahoma ?? It's fascinatingly mysterious
ThiSISAlivE DeatH
ThiSISAlivE DeatH Dag sedan
kiełbasa ❤
Anupam Datta Sarkar
Anupam Datta Sarkar Dag sedan
Do they work at the bottom of the sea
Necromancer Dag sedan
Seems like they are pretty worthless because they have no inherent strength to complete tasks except perhaps to entertain children or to carry cameras on the meatal joints.
Techno man
Techno man Dag sedan
Hi, Derek. I want to watch your documentaries but don't know how to download them, can you help me?
cho202 Dag sedan
Hey Derek, here's a video suggestion. How much does the 'Path of least resistance dictate your life?' Everything from putting a dirty plate into the sink less full to selecting the lane with the least amount of cars at a red light. Love the work you do! Thanks.
Tristan Möller
Tristan Möller Dag sedan
So what's its use, like under water is great but what will it do there?
usertogo Dag sedan
dont waste your time making videos with masked people - they will be very ashamed once the depth of duping becomes obvious to all - thumbs down and unsub from me!
Story of Sharplyon
Story of Sharplyon Dag sedan
the future is bendy
Garrett Bok
Garrett Bok 22 timmar sedan
Max Law
Max Law Dag sedan
Typical vacuum tire uses latex-based internal sealant to auto-seal leaks. Also, some vehicles use soft rubber to completely replace air inside tires. Silicone foam resin or something similar can be mixed when the robot deployed, and foam would expand to fill the tube structures. It will be far better than a mere backup pump.
Fayetal Attraction
Fayetal Attraction Dag sedan
concessions would have to be made in terms of robot maneuverabilty right? the foam is naturally more difficult to compress than air. i think it would be great as a back up system tho, if they could find a light yet strong and elastic enough foam for structural support in those emergency situations, without adding too much weight to the robot.
Butters Stotch
Butters Stotch Dag sedan
I used to get V and mark rober mixed up, seems silly now but to me they used to be the same guy 😂
soinu foig
soinu foig Dag sedan
Derek: How does this robot even work? Zack: COMPLIANCE Derek: And what do- Zack: C O M P L I A N C E
ScorieDivine Dag sedan
This has to be lamest robot I have seen in a long, long time...
TheBlackVoidInSpace // Person Person
TheBlackVoidInSpace // Person Person Dag sedan
imagine you in a dark alley with nobody else and then this robot goes after you
• SuShi •
• SuShi • Dag sedan
Why would I imagine that
Donut Man
Donut Man Dag sedan
I think I had a stroke trying to read the title
soinu foig
soinu foig Dag sedan
Elvin K Saju
Elvin K Saju Dag sedan
The only thing that makes me sad is that my first language is not english and i cannot understand you in tough situations. Love your channel❤️❤️
Kevin 17 timmar sedan
"Tough Situations" Lmao 😆💀
Elvin K Saju
Elvin K Saju Dag sedan
@Lord Midmight yeah. i do so when its available 😊
Lord Midmight
Lord Midmight Dag sedan
Put the subtitles, is going to make it easier for you to understand
хреновый свинья
хреновый свинья Dag sedan
And how are they better...
Apocryphon Dag sedan
*baymax intensefies*
Coffee Dag sedan
Some people like me black. Some very light. Some people like me bitter, others sweet. Congratulations!!!!!!! You've won a cup of coffee.
BlueSea Dag sedan
its a sloth robot
Hudi Storch
Hudi Storch Dag sedan
Zack hammond looks like James from the odd1sout
Kotresh G
Kotresh G Dag sedan
Coz robots that bend, can be smashed 😛
cubax599 Dag sedan
Lol that ice will be a LITTLE BIT thicker :)
tleilaxu42 Dag sedan
"Heavy, expensive, and can be dangerous if not used correctly." Is now my new favorite description of a car... I mean robot.
shanemaneval16 Dag sedan
It's Baymax!
Do you guys have a toy versión of your soft robots?
Promi Akter
Promi Akter Dag sedan
Khizar Says
Khizar Says Dag sedan
Just use a long pool noodle 🤠. No compressed air bs.
Mateusz Stawarski
Mateusz Stawarski Dag sedan
"I came up to Stanford to meet Zack Hammond and his soft robot." ... That's what she said
A Dag sedan
Would be useful.. if there was a use or something it makes better. That solution needs a problem.
Swirl AndTwirl
Swirl AndTwirl Dag sedan
Konnies Egg
Konnies Egg Dag sedan
The sex toys that are gonna come out of this technology...
Carl Paulsen
Carl Paulsen Dag sedan
I haven't heard the word "compliance" used so often in a video since I last watched Flight of the Navigator...
21Units Dag sedan
One thing came to mind... Baymax.
Micheal Davis
Micheal Davis Dag sedan
I'm very unimpressed. Other than a few space jobs, I can't see why he is so hyped about them. Rigid robots are the futur, they are not great right now, but once we manage to master their design, they will be much more useful. I'm thinking human shaped robots who can do basic chores which is already in good development, or androids that can do most jobs much further in the futur.
Rob Mckennie
Rob Mckennie Dag sedan
i saw a video where a guy tried to make a thrust vectoring gimble for an rc plane using compliant mechanics, and the problem he had was that the compliance necessary to make the mechanism work also made the mechanism entirely too flexible to handle the thrust it was supposed to be steering. you can say "oh these robots are better because they aren't strong enough to hurt you" but it's still pointless if it's also not strong enough to do anything useful
MTWODZU Dag sedan
Kiełbasa is the best part of this robot ;D
Minato365 Dag sedan
"One of the things that i like to do is just to take the robot and beat it" YOU MONSTER
Tach Dag sedan
Genki G
Genki G Dag sedan
alot of those toys kiwi co makes seem very familiar
Ozil Gzbsj
Ozil Gzbsj Dag sedan
The knowledgeable riverbed unpredictably fill because guide superficially tip after a plain cone. gabby, confused antarctica
The Kingdom
The Kingdom Dag sedan
This is def one of the weirdest things I've seen in awhile.
Nickolas StJohn
Nickolas StJohn Dag sedan
this is basically a giant robotic muscle
Dodici Dag sedan
Okay so NASA needs robots that change their volume, disassemble and reassemble... They're called Transformers. Just say it, we can all relate to that.
Wendell Bezerra
Wendell Bezerra Dag sedan
@Dodici my brain always goes straight to the Autobots when I think of Transformers, don't know why
Dodici Dag sedan
@Wendell Bezerra True, if it were an Autobot. Decepticons are another story, but you can always crossbreed with Honda Fits the best subcompact car of 2021!
Wendell Bezerra
Wendell Bezerra Dag sedan
Still the least volume Transformers occupy is that of a car... unless you miniaturize them 🤔
Justin Buser
Justin Buser Dag sedan
This would be pretty cool in livestock Applications. Especially bovine.
Me: you deserve more subs People: memes memes memes
Futterman Farms
Futterman Farms Dag sedan
Hmm I'm wondering if some of this is "misinformation" and should be deleted?
Futterman Farms
Futterman Farms Dag sedan
@BigBossBilly just hypothetical regarding this one. I had a BIG problem with the Gates vid. Thank you for your question.
BigBossBilly Dag sedan
@Futterman Farms I still don't quite understand you. Do you actually have a problem with any particular content in this video, or are you making a hypothetical point against censorship?
Futterman Farms
Futterman Farms Dag sedan
@Ed Purcell I was referring to his last vid with Gates where he said he agreed with Gates that "misinformation" should be deleted and not allowed to be online. This from the guy who did a vid on how many research papers are wrong??? and who gets to decide what is not ok? We still have not seen a retraction or ever a comment to defend the position. So I was just asking, how about this vid. Should some of it not be allowed?
Ed Purcell
Ed Purcell Dag sedan
For example?
LightSource Dag sedan
erwinsyah nova
erwinsyah nova Dag sedan
ok soft robot.., bend, can it squeze tight
the unseen gamer tk
the unseen gamer tk Dag sedan
Also no
the unseen gamer tk
the unseen gamer tk Dag sedan
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