Why Robots That Bend Are Better

18 Φεβ 2021
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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

  • If we take this to Mars, why do we have to inflate a balloon. Why cant we use another material that is flexible and soft. It has no risk to pop

    EndlessEndlessΠριν 33 λεπτά
  • Bravo et merci

    vbddfy euuytvbddfy euuytΠριν 34 λεπτά
  • Iss traveling at the speed of 8km/s ,but why they don't feel gravity inside?.

    Naveen BNaveen BΠριν ώρα
  • The best bendy robot is Bender!!! There is no alternative!!!!

    Bruce McKayBruce McKayΠριν 3 ώρες
  • Ok

    HackedHackedΠριν 5 ώρες
  • i really thought he said last "we will see more sex robots in the future" XD

    Jaques MerdeJaques MerdeΠριν 5 ώρες
    • Bravo et merci

      vbddfy euuytvbddfy euuytΠριν 33 λεπτά
  • BRO YOUR 40 ?!?!?!?!? YOU LOOK 20

    KrxzyFNKrxzyFNΠριν 7 ώρες
  • “Safe around people” “W R R R R R R R R R R R R R R”

    Zhoutong YangZhoutong YangΠριν 7 ώρες
  • Don’t let China enslave the United States of America. Do you think a Chinese mind could think up a robot like this😂😂😂✨ I don’t even think they would want to being enslaved the way they are. The best minds are free minds🧠

    Enterprise Galileo llEnterprise Galileo llΠριν 7 ώρες
  • I mean this could be perfect safe robot, i mean of course it will need stronger motors and everything but if you could crawl in, and i don't know imagine that building is in fire and you can't really get out this fella could do this.

    Peter QuadPeter QuadΠριν 7 ώρες
  • This year the 2021' will be the 20th anniversary on attack on Twin Tower in New York, even today if i think about it i see again the people fall,people that for not burn alive has choice to jump over the window and die...many times i think why not exist a system for can escape in safety on skyscrapers? Why Engineers,Scientists,Researchers dont have found some solution? In London in 2017 14 june has burn a Grenfell Tower,24 floor,72 people die burn alive or the "most lucky" suffocated on fumes...in the World are not rare atrocity like this,today skyscrapers are in all World,but system on safety again are not adequate...

    alfpolo29alfpolo29Πριν 9 ώρες
  • Sir how can I be a applied physicist

    Manish KumarManish KumarΠριν 9 ώρες
  • Cool... I still prefer Gundam.

    JacksonJacksonΠριν 13 ώρες
  • It’s less scary than atlas

    D.ID.IΠριν 15 ώρες
  • Mark Rober.

    Jurie VersterJurie VersterΠριν 16 ώρες
  • There’s a joke to be made there somewhere...

    CaptainStinkCaptainStinkΠριν 16 ώρες
  • Take a shot everytime he says compliance

    Pidde BasPidde BasΠριν 18 ώρες
  • Hello sir.. Can you make video on why planets revolve in elliptical orbit (considering general relativity)

    Sukshith S. M.Sukshith S. M.Πριν 21 ώρα
  • From what I know, nothing of any use has been produced by soft robotics research for as long as people have been working on them. They're just useless university projects that go nowhere, just like those absolutely useless self-assembling cube robots that can do jack all. After the last Asimo, Boston Dynamics Atlus is the biggest advancemt we've made in the feild of robotics in the last 30 years.

    Luqmaan RashidLuqmaan RashidΠριν 21 ώρα
    • @Huzufu yes, 30 yrs, then 15 years, then 6.5 yrs, etc.

      Fing BookFing BookΠριν 12 ώρες
    • Keep in mind these are still very early stages. It's worth exploring weird ideas like this because that's what science is all about. Even if it isnt very useful, at least it was explored fully. Only by trying and testing a ton of ideas can we stumble on revolutionary ones.

      HuzufuHuzufuΠριν 16 ώρες
  • Bravo et merci

    Solutions & DébrouilleSolutions & DébrouilleΠριν 22 ώρες
  • 0:08 Prototype of a freaking 'A.T.A.T.'

    bouytt guytbouytt guytΠριν ημέρα
  • There is absolutely no point in trying. To stop this technology it is inevitable. The end of mankind by robotics is inevitable. Not in our lifetime or our children... But its 100% guaranteed

    Maxwell BacaMaxwell BacaΠριν ημέρα
  • I love that this video showed up in my recs after a long string of Combat robotics videos xD

    Leviathan's IrisLeviathan's IrisΠριν ημέρα
  • I don't think they'll ever be more capable than hard, rigid robots. I think hard robots will just get smarter A.I. and more joints and rotation points, thereby giving them a wider range of applications they can handle and being better at not hurting humans. Maybe some specific situations where they have to directly deal with people, but I think advanced A.I. and maybe a squishy shell applied to a hard robot would more than make up for that.

    Melon CollieMelon CollieΠριν ημέρα
    • tecnicly electricty are difine robot we more toclking about air autaton

      bouytt guytbouytt guytΠριν ημέρα
  • i like this style of video a lot more. not that design-by-committee network tv video like last time. small robot! soft submarines my g

    commenty commentercommenty commenterΠριν ημέρα
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    Zizi GurraZizi GurraΠριν ημέρα
    • Hello bot man

      S S AS S AΠριν 20 ώρες
  • Yo

    Alex BoiAlex BoiΠριν ημέρα
  • It's just dawned on me you could tell people you're Elon Musk with that mask on

    Bill StickersBill StickersΠριν ημέρα
    • @commenty commenter if you think you dont need a genius level intellect to become the richest person on planet earth from scratch then I guess maybe

      S S AS S AΠριν 20 ώρες
    • @commenty commenter That would be someone like Jeff Bezos. Elon is actually chief engineer at SpaceX. Does he delegate and have amazing teams of people who are also brilliant? Of couse, but he's far from just a rich owner.

      Ethan ShearerEthan ShearerΠριν 20 ώρες
    • yeah except elon is not a genius, he's just a rich guy who owns the work of a bunch of scientists

      commenty commentercommenty commenterΠριν ημέρα
  • How about making a video on air pressure? specifically testing if higher air pressure stops projectiles, what pressure humans could fly at without any power assistance if it makes a difference, and see if higher pressure would reduce terminal velocity so humans could survive any drop. Im interested for video game purposes rather than wanting humans injured lol.

    Captain HamburgersCaptain HamburgersΠριν ημέρα
  • what if u make the tubes out of sponge or permanent soft material?

    Nova SamaNova SamaΠριν ημέρα
  • Kiełbasa xD

    Marcin GeborskiMarcin GeborskiΠριν ημέρα
  • I am satisfied with my care

    alex mejiaalex mejiaΠριν ημέρα
  • Seth Rogan as a Robotics Major

    Evan DonaldsonEvan DonaldsonΠριν ημέρα
  • I don´t find any of the Boston Dynamics robots creepy or terrifying, by the contrary I find them really astonishing, epic and gives me hope for a better future. All those comments about creppyness are the actual creepy stuf about human intelligence imo, also cringy and repetitive.

    Drawerick 92Drawerick 92Πριν ημέρα
  • what a loser

    XVHK GreenXVHK GreenΠριν ημέρα
  • Does it blend

    Jay TeeJay TeeΠριν ημέρα
  • *Many robots (including soft robots) are programmed for locomotion and other forms of motor control based upon the wiring principles of central pattern generators* (CPGs)-neural circuits that produce a wide frequency range of oscillatory rhythmic outputs even in the absence of sensory feedback-that have been adapted by evolution over hundreds of millions of years across the animal kingdom for axial, quadrupedal, and bipedal locomotion, as well as many other peculiar forms of locomotion, including rolling locomotion akin to that of the robot showcased in this video here. After several months of preparation, I'll soon be posting vids from my perspective as a Harvard neurobiologist and scientific editor/consultant. Cheers.

    Aaron M. Lambert, Ph.D.Aaron M. Lambert, Ph.D.Πριν ημέρα
    • @BaRacK jOe-mAmA You reek of insecurity dear. Check into a proctologist pronto. Otherwise there's going to be a tonka truck full of poop victims. You'll thank me later.

      Xenobia EveXenobia EveΠριν 3 ώρες
    • @clemente pittsburgian lol

      BaRacK jOe-mAmABaRacK jOe-mAmAΠριν 3 ώρες
    • Finally a comment with an original thought and something unique to offer. Very cool stuff. Thanks for sharing.

      clemente pittsburgianclemente pittsburgianΠριν 3 ώρες
    • @Stochastic Diety 1 thats a rlly weird coincidence because istg i litterally went out on my skateboard today and smoked a joint😅 2 you sent me on a quest to look for the 6k commebt and you can see how many comments ppl have and he has posted tgis exact comment a whoooolllllllleeee lot (which on its own is enough too piss me off becasue your not commenting to be funny or interesting your self promoting thats it) but none of them had 6k highest ive seen was 500 likes he mentions 1 thing he knows bit the rest of the comment is just repeating stuff but more stupid and longer

      BaRacK jOe-mAmABaRacK jOe-mAmAΠριν 5 ώρες
    • @BaRacK jOe-mAmA ??? Almost nothing in this comment was in the video. Central pattern generators were not mentioned in the video, which was the main focus of the comment here. Also, this dude did have #1 comment on this very vid earlier with like 6K likes. You do realize that the comment ranks shuffle around, so this guy obviously just posted again and now the comment isn't getting many views. Dude you are just trying to hate for the sake of hating. Go outside and smoke a joint or something.

      Stochastic DietyStochastic DietyΠριν 6 ώρες
  • After seeing this I could remember the robot in the interstellar movie. That was a great robot really. Change my entire visualisation of a robot.

    Akshay PandeyAkshay PandeyΠριν ημέρα
  • tecnicly electricty are difine robot we more toclking about air autaton

    EnderGamerXPEnderGamerXPΠριν ημέρα
  • 6:09 In inches? Ew. This is a joke.

    Talal AlqarniTalal AlqarniΠριν ημέρα
  • next title: why female robots that bend are better

    unconscious 7xunconscious 7xΠριν ημέρα
  • The dry pull lilly mix because tempo orly moan out a makeshift customer. chivalrous, humorous jump

    alexander jimenezalexander jimenezΠριν ημέρα
  • *Just built different*

    Naved HasanNaved HasanΠριν ημέρα
  • Reminds me of the IROBOT chembot

    Paul GaryPaul GaryΠριν ημέρα
  • these bots are built different

    HugoHugoΠριν ημέρα
  • That background noise is his beard scratching isn’t it?

    spideral187spideral187Πριν ημέρα
  • Maaannnnn....... I love this guy

    Radhey MishraRadhey MishraΠριν ημέρα
  • I suppose you could call them... Bender robots

    PixelDoughPixelDoughΠριν ημέρα
  • Solution looking for a problem

    B TB TΠριν ημέρα
  • how tf would u pressurize the tubes in space without air

    Dick CheeseDick CheeseΠριν ημέρα
    • Air is inside the tubes, not outside. Compressed air cans and closed loops

      mortaché de muertemortaché de muerteΠριν ημέρα
  • it useless, and worthless............defeats the purpose of a robot,,,,,,,,you cant mount anything to it.

    Doesn't MatterDoesn't MatterΠριν ημέρα
  • Robot: *Bends* Humans: "Its better!"

    P-ARTP-ARTΠριν ημέρα
  • Pretty much y'all are gay

    Dismantle HAARPDismantle HAARPΠριν ημέρα
  • I am severely disappointed in the lack of hard robot jokes.

    sehhi vootysehhi vootyΠριν 2 ημέρες
  • How about a robot built out of fluids or even magnetic fields 😯

    Dustin OlsenDustin OlsenΠριν 2 ημέρες
  • just take a body shaped balloon bit the same mechanics on the in side and sow it up easy someone do this plz

    Roger McCartyRoger McCartyΠριν 2 ημέρες
    • Let's think this through, Rog. Body shaped balloon is a great framework. Imagine compliant 'muscle' tubing on the underside of the skin. The pneumatic driver could be in the hip area, and processing in the head. Assuming you could maintain air pressure effectively with a strong fabric and expandable lining, that doesn't seem like an impossible task.

      FetalKnievelFetalKnievelΠριν ημέρα
    • nvm that wouldent work idk

      Roger McCartyRoger McCartyΠριν 2 ημέρες
  • Very nice.........SOFT?, just stay away from those sharp corners for now, until they develop blowup motors, aluminum, electricity, bots, nuts, you get my drift!

    INFOCUS MediaINFOCUS MediaΠριν 2 ημέρες
    • 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.

      sehhi vootysehhi vootyΠριν 2 ημέρες
  • All these so called 'smart guys' wearing face diapers for a bs flu with 99.97 survival. guess none of them read their savior fauchis paper on why the spanish flu was compounded and got so bad (hint masks)

    Richard KeyRichard KeyΠριν 2 ημέρες
  • But Betamax is a hard robot. It just has an inflated balloon around it. The core and its movement is all hard structure.

    EE EhrenbergEE EhrenbergΠριν 2 ημέρες
  • So its soft, and can change shape....great?

    Durpswag Jr.Durpswag Jr.Πριν 2 ημέρες
  • "Why robots that bend are better" Bender: 😁

    aboodi the destroyeraboodi the destroyerΠριν 2 ημέρες
  • This is baymax's great grandad

    Cian Mac phaidinCian Mac phaidinΠριν 2 ημέρες
  • Hm... Rigid robot uses: Manufacturing, Building, warfare, secondary phases of colonization. Soft robot uses: Medicine, direct human contact usage, rescue, first phases of colonization.

    ψ{Flame End Cyborg Guy}ψψ{Flame End Cyborg Guy}ψΠριν 2 ημέρες
  • Thought you meant bend like Bender Rodriguez

    Ben DoverBen DoverΠριν 2 ημέρες
  • bender agrees

    Raf TaktRaf TaktΠριν 2 ημέρες
  • 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.

    Erik LakenErik LakenΠριν 2 ημέρες
  • The envious riverbed admittedly punish because can sicily arrest into a victorious composition. fretful, ragged arch

    Yundt RosamondYundt RosamondΠριν 2 ημέρες
  • 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.

    Erik LakenErik LakenΠριν 2 ημέρες
  • This is awkward

    Zach HammondZach HammondΠριν 2 ημέρες
  • Its like the strandbeests

  • there's no air in space

    tomey tomeytomey tomeyΠριν 2 ημέρες
  • 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.

    J VillainJ VillainΠριν 2 ημέρες
  • "Why Rockets that Bend are Better"

    Onin D.Onin D.Πριν 2 ημέρες
    • Lol 😂😂

      Aayush DhunganaAayush DhunganaΠριν 12 ώρες
  • These are nicer than humanoid, because a human like machine that can move, interact and talk is creepy

    Your Slavic FriendYour Slavic FriendΠριν 2 ημέρες
  • 8:46 Bay Max from Big-Hero 6 came to mind when he said that.

    Sameer TariqSameer TariqΠριν 2 ημέρες
    • Nevermind he mentioned it lol.

      Sameer TariqSameer TariqΠριν 2 ημέρες
  • only thing i didnt like about this video is that your voice keeps changing sides

    BoisqBoisqΠριν 2 ημέρες

    • The apple was attached to the tree by its stem while accelerating. The stem broke from this force and stopped accelerated while everyone around it (including Newton) continued to accelerate.

      Cam SCam SΠριν 2 ημέρες
  • no comments or jokes about Futurama's Bender? im disappointed in y'all

    Mauricio Tejeda DavilaMauricio Tejeda DavilaΠριν 2 ημέρες
  • >its soft, so its safe around humans ...

  • kielbasa :D

    Piotr BiesekPiotr BiesekΠριν 2 ημέρες
  • good video

    kenh tong hopkenh tong hopΠριν 2 ημέρες
  • Why I cant even see the sub button? Serious Question.

    Muhammadim Yusoff JamaluddinMuhammadim Yusoff JamaluddinΠριν 2 ημέρες
  • i preffer my robot stiff

    Miguel Antonio BuenaventuraMiguel Antonio BuenaventuraΠριν 2 ημέρες
  • We now have the ability to create Baymax irl

    bodoti qwiubodoti qwiuΠριν 2 ημέρες
    • Nice stats

      Secret NinjaSecret NinjaΠριν ημέρα
  • Baymax is my favorite soft robot

    Skylark LandingSkylark LandingΠριν 2 ημέρες
  • half of boston robot dynamic videos are cgi anyways lmfao!!

    Travis DarkTravis DarkΠριν 2 ημέρες
  • Michael Rosen called it, guys ***bendy bendy bendy! Bendyy bendyy***

    Lord Habitaxe of PrydoniaLord Habitaxe of PrydoniaΠριν 2 ημέρες
    • nice pfp 👍

      Nit3mare_btwNit3mare_btwΠριν 2 ημέρες

    Ramesh LamichhaneRamesh LamichhaneΠριν 2 ημέρες
    • we're one step closer to having a real life baymax

      bodoti qwiubodoti qwiuΠριν 2 ημέρες
  • TARS? is that you?

    Imroz TowhidImroz TowhidΠριν 2 ημέρες
  • Oh dang! Kiełbasa right there!!!♥️

    Bartek SBartek SΠριν 2 ημέρες
  • Every one the robots will take over the world..... the robots haha soft robots go bbbbrrrrr

    MR.terra69MR.terra69Πριν 2 ημέρες
  • The glamorous pollution commercially consist because opera randomly cause within a open july. crazy, rainy person

    hivek mosathivek mosatΠριν 2 ημέρες
  • 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.

    jwpx11jwpx11Πριν 2 ημέρες
    • Yea ikr it has to do with Einstein's theory of relativity and curved spacetime

      jwpx11jwpx11Πριν 2 ημέρες
    • lol what? hahahhaha

      Christian NievesChristian NievesΠριν 2 ημέρες
  • 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!

    mind.hacker999mind.hacker999Πριν 2 ημέρες
  • Kill JESUS with Cinnamon. For they have no breath and cannot speak and hear. Cyborgs

    Carlo052 GCarlo052 GΠριν 2 ημέρες
  • Who wants to bet which will come first Robot anime girls or colonization on mars

    CrazyNoodlesCrazyNoodlesΠριν 3 ημέρες
    • "A thing isn't beautiful because it lasts." - Vision

      shomproonsshomproonsΠριν 15 ώρες
  • Cool, so instead of having your skull crushed by a terminator you get smothered by a sentient jumping castle.

    Reanetse MolelekiReanetse MolelekiΠριν 3 ημέρες
  • It's just a hop, a skip, and a jump away from needing a leg up.

    Toughen Up, FluffyToughen Up, FluffyΠριν 3 ημέρες
  • just put some stans tire sealant inside the bot in case it springs a leak it'll seal itself

    nigel_bdnigel_bdΠριν 3 ημέρες
  • the compressed air robot at 1:03 looks like a sea pig hehe

    embRellish eembRellish eΠριν 3 ημέρες