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

  • Its like the strandbeests

  • there's no air in space

    tomey tomeytomey tomey37 分钟 前
  • 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 Villain50 分钟 前
  • "Why Rockets that Bend are Better"

    Onin D.Onin D.57 分钟 前
  • These are nicer than humanoid, because a human like machine that can move, interact and talk is creepy

    Your Slavic FriendYour Slavic Friend小时 前
  • 8:46 Bay Max from Big-Hero 6 came to mind when he said that.

    Sameer TariqSameer Tariq小时 前
    • Nevermind he mentioned it lol.

      Sameer TariqSameer Tariq小时 前
  • only thing i didnt like about this video is that your voice keeps changing sides

    BoisqBoisq小时 前

  • no comments or jokes about Futurama's Bender? im disappointed in y'all

    Mauricio Tejeda DavilaMauricio Tejeda Davila小时 前
  • >its soft, so its safe around humans ...

  • kielbasa :D

    Piotr BiesekPiotr Biesek2 小时 前
  • good video

    kenh tong hopkenh tong hop2 小时 前
  • Why I cant even see the sub button? Serious Question.

    Muhammadim Yusoff JamaluddinMuhammadim Yusoff Jamaluddin4 小时 前
  • i preffer my robot stiff

    Miguel Antonio BuenaventuraMiguel Antonio Buenaventura4 小时 前
  • We now have the ability to create Baymax irl

    bodoti qwiubodoti qwiu5 小时 前
  • Baymax is my favorite soft robot

    Skylark LandingSkylark Landing5 小时 前
  • half of boston robot dynamic videos are cgi anyways lmfao!!

    Travis DarkTravis Dark5 小时 前
  • Michael Rosen called it, guys ***bendy bendy bendy! Bendyy bendyy***

    Lord Habitaxe of PrydoniaLord Habitaxe of Prydonia6 小时 前
    • nice pfp 👍

      Nit3mare_btwNit3mare_btw6 小时 前

    Ramesh LamichhaneRamesh Lamichhane7 小时 前
    • we're one step closer to having a real life baymax

      bodoti qwiubodoti qwiu5 小时 前
  • Interesting

    Laurence PopLaurence Pop8 小时 前
  • TARS? is that you?

    Imroz TowhidImroz Towhid8 小时 前
  • Oh dang! Kiełbasa right there!!!♥️

    Bartek SBartek S9 小时 前
  • Every one the robots will take over the world..... the robots haha soft robots go bbbbrrrrr

    MR.terra69MR.terra699 小时 前
  • The glamorous pollution commercially consist because opera randomly cause within a open july. crazy, rainy person

    hivek mosathivek mosat10 小时 前
  • 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.

    jwpx11jwpx1112 小时 前
    • Yea ikr it has to do with Einstein's theory of relativity and curved spacetime

      jwpx11jwpx112 小时 前
    • lol what? hahahhaha

      Christian NievesChristian Nieves11 小时 前
  • 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.hacker99912 小时 前
  • Kill JESUS with Cinnamon. For they have no breath and cannot speak and hear. Cyborgs

    Carlo052 GCarlo052 G12 小时 前
  • Who wants to bet which will come first Robot anime girls or colonization on mars

    CrazyNoodlesCrazyNoodles14 小时 前
  • Cool, so instead of having your skull crushed by a terminator you get smothered by a sentient jumping castle.

    Reanetse MolelekiReanetse Moleleki15 小时 前
  • It's just a hop, a skip, and a jump away from needing a leg up.

    Toughen Up, FluffyToughen Up, Fluffy15 小时 前
  • just put some stans tire sealant inside the bot in case it springs a leak it'll seal itself

    nigel_bdnigel_bd15 小时 前
  • the compressed air robot at 1:03 looks like a sea pig hehe

    embRellish eembRellish e17 小时 前
  • we're one step closer to having a real life baymax

    DarkDark18 小时 前
    • @Nevaehs Pets same

      Любослав НиколовЛюбослав Николов10 小时 前
    • I’m here before this gets 100 likes

      Nevaehs PetsNevaehs Pets13 小时 前
    • Okay Nerd 💀😆

      KevinKevin13 小时 前
  • nice stuff!

    Vicente EsnaolaVicente Esnaola18 小时 前
  • Bender: Shut up baby I know it!

    Blitz The FoxBlitz The Fox18 小时 前
  • looks pretty useless at that dev. level.

    Klaus HippKlaus Hipp19 小时 前
  • I see BIG HERO in the future

    ki koyki koy19 小时 前
  • Soft robots yeah

    Dipesh SatrangeDipesh Satrange19 小时 前
  • Wasn't the T-1000 a soft robot? You know, when it wanted to be.

    Mark VrankovichMark Vrankovich20 小时 前
  • Will you still call a robot to something that doesn't integrate electronics?

    Mat BlazMat Blaz21 小时 前
  • 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.

    Fernando ToledoFernando Toledo21 小时 前
  • F...ng masks on your faces...?!?!?!?!??! REALLY?!?!?!?!?!

    TheTRUwinsTheTRUwins22 小时 前
  • problem is we cant make a soft robot that is actually strong. so why dont we just build normal machines, that dont crush people?

    PowerDust015 lastnamePowerDust015 lastname22 小时 前
    • but it can pick up basketballs! How many basketballs are on mars though...

      Daniel KintighDaniel Kintigh20 小时 前
  • Hey Derek, how about the explanation of the " Center of the Universe " on Tulsa, Oklahoma ?? It's fascinatingly mysterious

    Monkey D. LuffyMonkey D. Luffy23 小时 前
  • kiełbasa ❤

    ThiSISAlivE DeatHThiSISAlivE DeatH23 小时 前
  • Do they work at the bottom of the sea

    Anupam Datta SarkarAnupam Datta Sarkar23 小时 前
  • 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.

    NecromancerNecromancer天 前
  • Hi, Derek. I want to watch your documentaries but don't know how to download them, can you help me?

    Techno manTechno man天 前
  • 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.

    cho202cho202天 前
  • So what's its use, like under water is great but what will it do there?

    Tristan MöllerTristan Möller天 前
  • 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!

    usertogousertogo天 前
  • the future is bendy

    Story of SharplyonStory of Sharplyon天 前
    • Drones

      Garrett BokGarrett Bok18 小时 前
  • 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.

    Max LawMax Law天 前
    • 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.

      Fayetal AttractionFayetal Attraction天 前
  • I used to get V and mark rober mixed up, seems silly now but to me they used to be the same guy 😂

    Butters StotchButters Stotch天 前
  • Derek: How does this robot even work? Zack: COMPLIANCE Derek: And what do- Zack: C O M P L I A N C E

    soinu foigsoinu foig天 前
  • This has to be lamest robot I have seen in a long, long time...

    ScorieDivineScorieDivine天 前
  • imagine you in a dark alley with nobody else and then this robot goes after you

    TheBlackVoidInSpace // Person PersonTheBlackVoidInSpace // Person Person天 前
    • Why would I imagine that

      • SuShi •• SuShi •天 前
  • I think I had a stroke trying to read the title

    Donut ManDonut Man天 前
    • Cool

      soinu foigsoinu foig天 前
  • 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❤️❤️

    Elvin K SajuElvin K Saju天 前
    • "Tough Situations" Lmao 😆💀

      KevinKevin13 小时 前
    • @Lord Midmight yeah. i do so when its available 😊

      Elvin K SajuElvin K Saju天 前
    • Put the subtitles, is going to make it easier for you to understand

      Lord MidmightLord Midmight天 前
  • And how are they better...

    хреновый свиньяхреновый свинья天 前
  • *baymax intensefies*

    ApocryphonApocryphon天 前
    • Some people like me black. Some very light. Some people like me bitter, others sweet. Congratulations!!!!!!! You've won a cup of coffee.

      CoffeeCoffee天 前
  • its a sloth robot

    BlueSeaBlueSea天 前
  • Zack hammond looks like James from the odd1sout

    Hudi StorchHudi Storch天 前
  • Coz robots that bend, can be smashed 😛

    Kotresh GKotresh G天 前
  • Lol that ice will be a LITTLE BIT thicker :)

    cubax599cubax599天 前
  • "Heavy, expensive, and can be dangerous if not used correctly." Is now my new favorite description of a car... I mean robot.

    tleilaxu42tleilaxu42天 前
  • It's Baymax!

    shanemaneval16shanemaneval16天 前
  • Do you guys have a toy versión of your soft robots?

  • Good

    Promi AkterPromi Akter天 前
  • Just use a long pool noodle 🤠. No compressed air bs.

    Khizar SaysKhizar Says天 前
  • "I came up to Stanford to meet Zack Hammond and his soft robot." ... That's what she said

    Mateusz StawarskiMateusz Stawarski天 前
  • Would be useful.. if there was a use or something it makes better. That solution needs a problem.

    AA天 前
  • Cool

    Swirl AndTwirlSwirl AndTwirl天 前
  • The sex toys that are gonna come out of this technology...

    Konnies EggKonnies Egg天 前
  • I haven't heard the word "compliance" used so often in a video since I last watched Flight of the Navigator...

    Carl PaulsenCarl Paulsen天 前
  • One thing came to mind... Baymax.

    21Units21Units天 前
  • 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.

    Micheal DavisMicheal Davis天 前
  • 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

    Rob MckennieRob Mckennie天 前
  • Kiełbasa is the best part of this robot ;D

  • "One of the things that i like to do is just to take the robot and beat it" YOU MONSTER

    Minato365Minato365天 前
    • ""Robot""

      TachTach天 前
  • alot of those toys kiwi co makes seem very familiar

    Genki GGenki G天 前
  • The knowledgeable riverbed unpredictably fill because guide superficially tip after a plain cone. gabby, confused antarctica

    Ozil GzbsjOzil Gzbsj天 前
  • This is def one of the weirdest things I've seen in awhile.

    The KingdomThe Kingdom天 前
  • this is basically a giant robotic muscle

    Nickolas StJohnNickolas StJohn天 前
  • 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.

    DodiciDodici天 前
    • @Dodici my brain always goes straight to the Autobots when I think of Transformers, don't know why

      Wendell BezerraWendell Bezerra天 前
    • @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!

      DodiciDodici天 前
    • Still the least volume Transformers occupy is that of a car... unless you miniaturize them 🤔

      Wendell BezerraWendell Bezerra天 前
  • This would be pretty cool in livestock Applications. Especially bovine.

    Justin BuserJustin Buser天 前
  • Me: you deserve more subs People: memes memes memes

  • Hmm I'm wondering if some of this is "misinformation" and should be deleted?

    Futterman FarmsFutterman Farms天 前
    • @BigBossBilly just hypothetical regarding this one. I had a BIG problem with the Gates vid. Thank you for your question.

      Futterman FarmsFutterman Farms天 前
    • @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?

      BigBossBillyBigBossBilly天 前
    • @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?

      Futterman FarmsFutterman Farms天 前
    • For example?

      Ed PurcellEd Purcell天 前
  • Baymax

    LightSourceLightSource天 前
  • ok soft robot.., bend, can it squeze tight

    erwinsyah novaerwinsyah nova天 前
    • Also no

      the unseen gamer tkthe unseen gamer tk天 前
    • Why do you need to know

      the unseen gamer tkthe unseen gamer tk天 前
  • If you wear a mask I don't watch

    the ugly truththe ugly truth天 前
  • But can it go offroading?

    Swift KingSwift King天 前
  • I have a doubt what is the speed of darkness?

    Rishabh GuptaRishabh Gupta天 前
    • Same as light

      Carlos_A_MCarlos_A_M天 前
    • I dunno dark

      MochaFurMochaFur天 前
  • dorito tumbleweed

    chulofreakschulofreaks天 前
    • R/iamveryrandom

      yummy foodsyummy foods天 前
    • baymax

      caleb youngcaleb young天 前
    • N'ow I want doritos!! Thanks!!😤

      Konan HonimKonan Honim天 前
    • nice

      Goggle ManGoggle Man天 前
    • Nice

      Qaz_YTQaz_YT天 前
  • 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?

    David RobertsonDavid Robertson天 前
  • 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.

    Héctor CossioHéctor Cossio天 前
  • 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?

    CxshedoutkCxshedoutk天 前
  • Why Robots That Bend Are Boring

    andybaldmanandybaldman天 前
  • This mam calls a lot of things robots. I feel like he doesn't fully understand what a robot is...

    Drag0nEYE 1510Drag0nEYE 1510天 前
    • Sure, the guy who is literally building machines that move and do things has no idea what a robot is. Totally.

      Luca MontaniLuca Montani天 前
  • I'm Bender baby, please insert liquor. Bendy robots are better.

    nimay13nimay13天 前